It was a beautiful sunny day outside of Oakland’s Paramount Theater as hundreds of smiling students excitedly lined up outside of the Paramount Theater. The afternoon quickly unfolded as the soon-to-be graduates picked up their cards and enjoyed snacks from the Commencement Committee volunteers, made final adjusments to their caps and gowns, and posed with proud friends and family; faculty, staff, and administrators; and Merritt College President Marie-Elaine Burns who gave them the thumbs up before they marched into the beautiful building to reach their goals.
Check out the photos and videos below from the beginning preparations outside to lining up and marching in, to the meaningful and dynamic words of Speaker Dennis Kimbro and the 4.0 Italian Valedictorian Alessandra Chimienti to the handing out of the diplomas by President Burns, administrators and faculty.
Another year and another group of successful students who will move on to careers or continued education and make Merritt College proud!
See Video, Part 1, HERE (including Dr. Dennis Kimbro’s speech at end)
See Video, Part II, HERE of students receiving diplomas