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Congratulations to All of the 2015 Merritt Graduates!

21 May 2015


Hundreds of graduates lined up in an orderly fashion to march into the Paramount Theater in Oakland to receive their degrees and certificates to shouts of enthusiasm from their family and friends. It was another graduation and another feather in the cap for Merritt College, with an inspiring speech from keynote speaker Jodi Hernandez, award-winning NBC reporter. A big thanks to the Commencement Committee led by Dr. Lilia Chavez, Anthony Powell, and Margie Rubio with a group of eager volunteers who helped make the day perfect for all! (Photos to come and  will be available online for all.)

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New! Register Your Kids Now for Merritt Soccer Camp, July 20 to 23

20 May 2015


soccer ball and clouds-1For the first time, Merritt College will offer a Summer Soccer Camp, run by head soccer coach Zach Sullivan and former Merritt players for ages 6-18. The camp will take place Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, from 9 a.m.-noon at a cost of $125, which includes a camp T-shirt. To register, fill out the form below and mail with a check to: Zach Sullivan, Men’s Soccer, 12500 Campus Dr., Oakland, CA 94619. For more information see the brochure below or contact Zach Sullivan at


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NorCal News: Basketball Stars Move Up; Coach McMiller Dreams Big

20 May 2015

Congratulations to five T-Birds who are moving on to play basketball at four-year schools (see article and photos here) and their former coach who is dreaming so big about next year that he has already taken his team to Las Positas College to show them where they will win the finals! Read the NorCal article here about Coach McMiller’s philosophy behind coaching basketball to find out why he is so revered and so successful! The players moving on are: Nick Capiti, Marcos Castrillo, Tyler Idowu, Eric Nelson, and Kareem Ransom.

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Last of the Year: The Merritt Connection’s “Double Issue” for May

18 May 2015

For the last issue of the year, we have published  for May a double issue with eight pages of diverse topics including: students heading to UCs after completing the Bridges to Baccalaureate program; a behind-the-scenes look at the design concepts in the new science building; the grand opening of our newest student service program, Sankofa;  profiles of our Classified Senate President Stefanie Harding and alumni Herman Roque who overcame a tragic past and is now helping others; and an article highlighting the Child Development Department. Enjoy the issue here!

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Students Shine at 2015 Annual Scholarship and Award Banquet

18 May 2015

Student Lynne Parker beams after receiving the Courage and Perseverance Award presented to her by her counselor Mary Ciddio at the Annual Scholarship and Award Banquet on May 14 for the many obstacles she has climbed to reach for her educational goals. Lynne was one of  more than 60 students to receive awards and scholarships on May 14 for everything from leadership and financial need to significant improvement and athletics. In a follow-up email, Ann Elliott summarized the event well when she said,  “Last night was a wonderful celebration of student success and the six factors that students say lead to their success:  connected—yes, students, staff, faculty and administrators, families and community supporters all connected to value  student  achievement —which rests on students having been engaged, focused and directed  in their studies.” Congratulations to all!


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Summer/Fall 2015 Registration Open to All

15 May 2015

Starting on Monday, May 4, registration is open to all students — new, continuing, and returning.

See the Summer 2015 Academic Calendar here. See Fall 2015 Academic Calendar here. See the Summer 2015 Class Schedule Here.  See the Fall class choices on Passport here. 

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Feeling Creative? Take a Summer Painting Class!

10 May 2015

Merritt College’s new adjunct instructor Gabriel Navar, who describes his own artistry as “provocative, relevant, figurative work with a ‘pop-Latino-surrealist-socio-political sensibility,'” is teaching five levels of painting at Merritt this summer starting Tuesday, June 16. The class will be  held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, in Building A, Room 122. ART 50, 52, and 53, will be from 10 a.m. to 3:50 pm. and ART 51 and 54 will be from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. (See the complete schedule and course numbers in the flyer below.) Navar is an active Bay Area-based artist exhibiting locally, nationally, and abroad. He has been teaching college art classes (including 2-D Design, Drawing, Painting, Art Appreciation, and Art History) since 2001. Learn painting from a very cool and talented artist! (You can find out more about him and his work at his website or email him at Enroll now at!






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Want to Learn to Be a Better Researcher at the Library?

8 May 2015

library classWant to know how to use all  the resources the Library has to offer? Sign up for the Fall class,  LIS 085, Introduction to Information Resources, a 2-unit, 8-week online class starting 9/8 or 10/19. Check the online Fall class schedule for more information.

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ASMC Senators Go to Los Angeles Conference as Part of “The Power of 2.1″

6 May 2015

A group of ASMC senators had the opportunity to enhance their skills as student leaders and advisors, engage in important and productive discussion and debate, and network with student leaders from across the state at “The Power of 2.1″ Conference. The event, held May 1-3, was the Spring 2015 General Assembly of Region IX for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. The conference’s title represents the 2.1 million students of the California Community College System in state-level shared governance and legislative advocacy. Student governments from nearly 60 community colleges were represented at the conference. Thanks to all the senators who represented Merritt College! (And to Daraja Wagner from Student Activities for chaperoning!)









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Be Better Prepared for Math This Year: Sign up for Summer Math Jam, 8/10-14

2 May 2015

Do you want to be more prepared for your next math class?  Or maybe jump to a higher level class? Sign up for Summer Math Jam, August 10-14, 9  a.m.-2 p.m. The  Summer Math Jam is designed to help you progress to the transfer level math courses in a much shorter time. It’s a free program for all Peralta Community College District students. Click on the flyer below and find out  more. To sign up, contact math instructor Dan Lawson,

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