Bakersfield College celebrates graduation, centennial

BAKERSFIELD - 100 years ago, the first 13 students at Bakersfield College saw the value of higher education. Now, 100 years later, Bakersfield College's class of 2014 is graduating.

More than 1,100 students have completed the necessary coursework to achieve an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, and Bakersfield College is celebrating in a big way.

Bakersfield College's centennial commencement Friday evening will honor the achievements of the class of 2014, while celebrating the college's 100-year history of higher education in the area.

All Bakersfield College alumni and retirees are invited to attend commencement and walk in an honor lap before filling reserved seats in Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.

Alumni and retirees are encouraged to wear their regalia or their finest Renegade red, and meet on the lawn near to the Field House (south of the Gym). Bakersfield College staff will be there to help honor lap participants line up for the event.

Bakersfield College president Dr. Sonya Christian will preside over the commencement, and will be joined by along with Kern Community College District Board of Trustees president John Rodgers and chancellor Sandra Serrano, to confer degrees on the students who have completed a course of study.

Among the class of 2014 is Charlynn McCarthy, who was born in 1949. Charlynn earned an Associate of Science in Web Development. Women outnumber men 774 to 384.

Most notably, 809 of the 1,158 associate degree recipients plan to transfer to four-year schools in the fall.

Following the presentation of degrees, the lights of Memorial Stadium will dim and guests will be treated to a fireworks show signifying the official end of Bakersfield College's centennial year. The processional will feature a special Bakersfield College treat as faculty and staff create a pathway for the class of 2014 to exit Memorial Stadium.

Bakersfield College's centennial commencement celebration is free, and no tickets are needed. Complete details about commencement are available online at No balloons will be allowed in Memorial Stadium.

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