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Release No.06.04.15-Commencement15
June 4, 2015

2015 Graduating Class Sets New Benchmarks

College of the Canyons will honor its 2015 graduating class — the largest in school history — during the college’s 46th annual commencement ceremony, being held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 5, in the college’s Honor Grove, located on the Valencia campus.

The scene of many graduations and other college ceremonies and events, the COC Honor Grove is located in the center of campus and will be outfitted with a stage for the presentation of diplomas and certificates, as well as seating for the graduates and the proud families and friends who will be in attendance. 

Community members attending the ceremony should plan to arrive to campus no later than 8:15 a.m., as parking lots are expected to be congested and guest seating will be limited. 

The class of 2015 has 1,462 students who petitioned for graduation, representing a nearly nine percent increase from the class of 2014 (1,343).

This class represents 103 majors, with liberal arts and sciences (233) ranking as the leading field of study among graduates, followed by accounting (173), psychology (151), nursing (121), sociology (87) and communications (69 students).

There are also 83 students graduating with two degrees, and 25 students who have earned three degrees at the college. 

Mustapah Saad, 22, will graduate with five degrees (engineering, mathematics, physics, political science and liberal arts) while carrying a 3.88 GPA. 

The class of 2015 is 59 percent female (862) and 41 percent male (600), which represents an 18 percent increase in the percentage of female graduates, when compared to the class of 2014.

Academically, there are 308 students graduating with honors — which requires a 3.5 GPA or higher — and 20 students with perfect 4.0 GPAs, which grants them the status of valedictorians at the college. The average GPA of the class of 2015 is 3.06.

The average age of a COC graduate is 26. The oldest student in the class is 99-year-old graduate Doreetha Daniels.

In total, there are six graduates over the age of 60. In addition, there are seven students who will receive diplomas at the age of 17, representing the youngest graduates in the class. 

Four graduates will also be celebrating their birthdays on commencement day!

Notably, there are also 83 veteran graduates in the college’s class of 2015. In 2014, the college awarded diplomas to 68 veteran graduates.

There are also 17 international students included in the 2015 graduating class, and 21 graduates from the school’s MESA program. 

Additionally, just above 79 percent of this year’s graduates have completed at least once course at the college’s Canyon Country campus, which first opened in 2007.​