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Basketball Teams Go to Playoffs! See Men’s Game at Home this Friday, Feb. 27

25 February 2015

Congratulations to Merritt’s Men’s and Women’s basketball teams (and their coaches!) whose successful seasons have led them to advance to the community college regional playoffs. The Lady T-Birds team will travel on Wednesday, February 25 to play Santa Rosa at 7 p.m., according to Coach Fred Brown, who also adds that this is the Lady T-Bird’s first championship in 20 years! The men’s team will host a game right here at the Thunderdome this Friday. As Coach Keenan Miller rightfully boasts, “Your Thunderbirds qualified for the state playoffs as the #5th seed and will host the #12th seed Lassen College Cougars this Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. Please Thunderbird Nation come out and support your Thunderbirds this Friday!”      Men's Basketball Team - Berry

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Deadline to Petition for Graduation is March 20; Here are the Steps You Need to Take

9 February 2015

019_20140521_MerrittGraduation_EOS18814 copyAre you ready to graduate this May? Whether or not you are sure if you have met the requirements, you need to make an appointment with a counselor (51o- 436-2475). Everyone who wants to graduate must fill out a Petition Form which must be signed by both you and your counselor. The deadline for approved Petition Forms is March 20. Click here to see the steps you need to take for the graduation petition process or see below. Also  go to the  Graduation 2015 website to learn find out more about graduationHope to see you at the Commencement Ceremonies on Wednesday, May 20!


Steps to Graduation

Follow the steps below if you are eligible for a degree or certificate evaluation:

  1. Complete the Petition for Graduation form for AA/AS, AA-T/AS-T and/or Certificate. Click here to download the Petition form.
  2. Schedule an appointment with a counselor to review the Petition Form for degree/certificate requirements. (Note: If you are working with counselors in EOPS/CARE, DSPS, CalWORKS, or Veteran’s Services, you should make appointments with them; all other students can make appointments in the Counseling Department, Student Center (R109).
  3. Return your petition (with your signature and your Counselor’s signature)  and with the evaluation worksheets completed by your counselor to the Admissions and Records Office in the Student Center (R114A).

The deadline to submit petitions to Admissions & Records is March 20, 2015.



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Black History Month: “Women of South Africa,” Today at 10 a.m.

4 February 2015

BHM-Merritt-Final-3-1Black History Month activities continues with a talk on: “Women of South Africa: Always Strong! Always Beautiful! Always Resistant! An Open Classroom,” presented by Peralta faculty member and BHM coordinator Danae Martinez. The presentation will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Part I) and 11 a.m.-noon (Part II) in Room A206. Danae describes her presentation, as follows: Do women belong on the front line of revolutionary struggle and liberation movements? What is the role of music and culture in revolutionary movements? Can they be weapons and not just rallying cries? How are the accomplishments of women hidden or discounted in order to thwart movements of today? Come learn about the antiapartheid struggle and how women were on the front lines of revolutionary struggle and how music was used as an actual weapon against the enemy! See full schedule of activities here. 

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Fruitvale Center to Host Presentation on New Immigration Laws

3 February 2015

Would you like to learn more about President Obama’s recent Executive Action on Immigration, formally known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents)? Merritt College’s  Fruitvale Education Center is presenting a talk on the topic by attorney Veronica B. Guito on Tuesday, February 10, 10 a.m. to noon and again on Thursday, February 12 5:30-7:30 p.m. She will discuss  important issues such as eligibility criteria. The Fruitvale Center is at 1900 Fruitvale Avenue, Suite 1C, in Oakland. (Flyer in English and Spanish attached.) For further information, call Brenda Mora at (510) 536-1830.
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3 February 2015

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Looking for an In-Demand Career? Try Cybersecurity! Classes start 2/20

3 February 2015

cyber photo new B - 2-5-15Merritt College is now offering a new program leading to a career in the growing field of cybersecurity, which focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs, and data from unauthorized access. The Applications and Infrastructure Security Program offers paths in either software (Applications) or hardware (Infrastructure). Courses are taught by industry experts, and guaranteed paid internships are part of the two-year program. Upon completion, starting salaries are $60,000 to $80,000 a year. See informational flyer here. For questions, contact Anita M. Black at

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Celebrate Black History Month 2015 With Education and Entertainment (Click Here)

2 February 2015

BHM-Merritt-Final-3-1Merritt College is proud to present this year’s exciting Black History Month events program!  Titled “Revolution: From Toussaint to Ferguson,” the exciting program offers lectures, films, and entertainment depicting African-American history. Instructors are encouraged to offer their students extra credit for attending these education events — or you can bring the whole class! Please see the attached flyer and list of programs below and in this website’s Events calendar.  The program is presented by the Department of African-American Studies, sponsored by the Associated Students of Merritt College (ASMC), and coordinated by Peralta instructor Danae Martinez. If you have any questions, contact her at or (510) 302-9033. See the full calendar of events here and the descriptions below.


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Successful Club Rush Brings New Energy to Student Body

29 January 2015

(Scroll for more photos) Campus life was in full force on January 27 when Club Rush took over the Student Services Building with tables lining both sides of the hallway representing 15 of Merritt’s student clubs – some existing and some new – and two community organizations. More than 300 students attended the successful event which was organized by the ASMC and the Inter-Club Council (ICC). In addition to getting information about the clubs, students were treated to sandwiches, fruit, and cookies if they visited at least three tables—a great incentive! Thanks to My Williams and Drew Beesley, ICC co-chairs, for all their hard work in coordinating this event, and to Dr. Lilia Chavez, Director of Student Activities and Campus Life, for her dedication in bringing new energy and commitment to the student body. (Photos by Birhon Quizhpe)

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See List of Open Spring Classes as of Feb. 2

25 January 2015

Registration continues for the Spring 2015 Semester and classes are filling fast.  Click here to apply and/or enroll and see open classes as Feb. 2, 2015. The last day to register for regular session classes is February 1. See you on campus!


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Come to Club Rush on 1/27: Visit Tables and Enjoy Pizza!

23 January 2015

The club scene is growing at Merritt! Come to Club Rush on Tuesday, January 27, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Student Services hallway and check out some of the nearly 17 clubs that already exist or have recently been started. Meet the officers and the members, get information, and enjoy free pizza (if you visit at least three clubs)! See you there!



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