The Ceremony Marks the 70th Anniversary Commencement Celebration and features a member from the 1947 class!


SAN MARCOS, CA (May 19, 2017) — Palomar College presents annual commencement exercises Friday, May 26, at 5 p.m. on the football practice field at the College’s San Marcos campus. Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D., Superintendent/President of the Palomar Community College District, will conduct the ceremonies. The event is open to the public.

“This is a very special commencement ceremony as we celebrate our 70th commencement celebration!  We are so proud of the achievements of each and every one of our graduates,” said Blake.  While all of our graduates are special, during this year’s ceremony we will honor an alumna from our first class in 1947.  Additionally, we have a 13-year-old graduate (with a 4.0 GPA!) participating in the ceremony, demonstrating the life-changing transformative power of education on individuals and the community-at-large.”

This year the college received 3,522 applications for associate degrees or certificates of achievement: 1,678 associate of arts (A.A.) degrees; 1,437 certificates; and 407 associate degrees for transfer are planned to be awarded.  More than 500 students are expected to participate in the ceremony.  Individuals receiving degrees and certificates in the ceremony will meet in the Dome on the college campus at 3:30 p.m. on Commencement Day.

The keynote speaker is Candace Rose, winner of the 2015 – 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award for full-time faculty.  Rose is Assistant Professor of Cinema in the Media Studies department. She also received Palomar’s 2016 “Best of the Best” Teaching with Technology award.

Palomar’s 2017 Alumna of the Year Anita (Ronay) Maag unknowingly became a trendsetter in her family when she enrolled at Palomar College in 1947, shortly after the college opened at its first location at Vista High School. She and her husband Stan, who she met as a fellow student on campus, became the first of three generations of the Maag family to graduate from Palomar.

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Media Contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Commencement Information for Students: Marilyn Lunde, Student Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2595