Oxnard College Celebrates 2017 Commencement


Oxnard College held its 42nd Annual Commencement Wednesday, May 17, 2017. In total, 1,444 students received an associate of arts degree or a certificate of achievement. This year’s number of commencement candidates increased by 10.5 percent over last year.

Dr. Cynthia E. Azari, president of Oxnard College, offered a few facts of interest about the Class of 2017:

  • For the current academic year, there are 853 individuals who have earned an associate degree and 591 have earned a certificate of achievement. Of this group, 213 graduates are transferring to California State University, Channel Islands, and 38 to California State University, Northridge. Others are transferring to University of California campuses, to our local partner California Lutheran University, and to other institutions throughout the state;
  • Many students who have completed their certificates or degrees in occupation programs have already secured jobs
  • 32 percent of Oxnard College’s Fire Academy Battalion 47 have been hired or are in the process of being hired in public safety;
  • 100 percent of all Dental Hygiene program graduates passed all state and national board licensure exams;
  • The oldest graduate, Joseph D. Caruso, is 80 years of age;
  • The youngest graduate, Iridium Cahuantzi, is 18 years old;

President Azari commended the graduates,

“For many of you, you are the first in your family to attend college and to earn a degree or certificate – but you are not the last. You are a trailblazer and you have set the example for others. Your brothers and sisters, cousins and other relatives look up to you and they will follow in your footsteps.”

Commencement speaker Jillien Malot graduated with an associate degree in anthropology and a 4.0 grade-point average. She will transfer to UCLA in the fall to pursue her dream to become a trauma surgeon.

“Many of us have had our dreams looked down upon because of where we come from or our cultural backgrounds,” she said. “But today is the day we rip off these labels. This is what college is about … learning to remove the labels that have sought to marginalize us so we can learn who we truly are,” said Malot.

Congratulations, Class of 2017! We honor your accomplishments, commend your dedication to achieving your educational goals, and wish you the very best in your journey ahead.

For a full album of commencement photos, please view our gallery posted online here.

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