VCCCD Celebrates Class of 2021 Graduates

CAMARILLO, Calif. - May 25, 2021 - PRLog -- Not even a pandemic could stop this year's graduates of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges from pursuing—and achieving—their educational goals. In recognition of what these resilient students have accomplished, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) leadership collaborated with its three colleges to celebrate the 5,370 students in the class of 2021 who have earned their degrees or certificates.

Festive Drive-Thru Graduations were held on May 20 at each college's campus and Ventura College East Campus in Santa Paula.

"We are always proud of our graduates and all that they accomplish, but this year's graduates hold a special honor for their persistence in completing their education when most of their classes were remote," said Chancellor Greg Gillespie. "As these students become VCCCD alumni, they are well-prepared for their next steps of a career or transferring to a four-year college or university."

"The board of trustees recognizes the successes of the class of 2021 graduates," said Chair Joshua Chancer. "Despite the pandemic, students worked on their academics and important causes, such as diversity, equity and inclusion for all students and the community.

As part of the celebration activities, graduating students are being highlighted in a virtual yearbook on Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges' graduation webpages. Like traditional bound yearbooks, the online version includes photos of participating graduates along with their information and photos of campus life. The 2020 virtual yearbooks took gold in the statewide 2021 Pro Awards by the Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO).

The community is invited to visit each college's webpage to watch graduation speeches by District and college leadership and student leaders. The Ventura College Chorus also performs the "Star-Spangled Banner" via video.

Inspired by the graduates' achievements, the college presidents offered these heartfelt words:

"Congratulations to Moorpark College graduates who have been resilient in the face of a global pandemic and reckoning with social justice; they have also committed to academic and career success," said Moorpark College President Julius Sokenu. "We are proud that the class of 2021 has earned 3,209 degrees and 1,535 certificates. They will transfer to top research universities as well as obtain careers in high-demand, high-wage industries. Moorpark College degrees and certificates offer graduates pathways to economic prosperity. Some will earn the promotion that motivated them to return to college. They are the future of our county, region, state and nation."

Access the virtual yearbooks here:

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