The Faces of 2016 Commencement

Congratulations to all CCD students on a successful year, especially our many graduates.

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CCD Commencement speaker Angelica Prisciliano is heading to University of Colorado Denver in the fall with the intention of becoming an immigration lawyer.

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Denver-area business leader and philanthropist Barbara Grogan was this year’s commencement speaker.

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CCD Provost Rhonda Epper

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CCD President Everette Freeman tells students to 'congratulate yourselves on your incredible grit and tenacity.'


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CCD Student Government Association President Christopher Empson

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In Spanish, his cap says, Yes We Can, Yes I Did - CCD Proud


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Over 665 students have qualified for graduation this semester alone, a 15 percent increase over last year.


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In May 2016, 348 CCD students participated in Commencement.


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Seventeen percent of our graduates are transferring in pursuit of a four-year degree.


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CCD students are transferring to such colleges as Cornell University, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Denver, Colorado State University, University of Hawaii-Hilo, University of Colorado Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver


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Graduation is a special event for faculty and staff because it provides all of us the opportunity to witness the culminating academic event in the lives of our CCD students.


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Faculty celebrate another year completed.


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SBCCOE Board Member Theresa Pena, CCD President Everette Freeman, Commencement Speaker Barbara Grogan


"Few things require more effort of us than the taxing work of thinking and concentration. In an age of instant gratification, it is hard, really hard, to commit to the oftentimes slow and arduous work of learning something new. It takes time and persistence to acquire new skills, knowledge and competence. Thinking is hard work. If it were not so, every ditch digger would possess a Ph.D. The point I am making is that there is something truly uplifting in pursuing a certificate or associate degree at CCD that you know but may not stop to savor. The end of an academic year is a fine time to pause, take a deep breath, and congratulate yourselves on your incredible grit and tenacity."

~ CCD Everette Freeman in his article, "Producing Leaders the Old Fashion Way: Grit and Tenacity. Read the full article here.


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