It was a beautiful sunny day outside of Oakland’s Paramount Theater on May 23rd 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 adjustments to their caps and gowns, and posed with proud friends and family; faculty, staff, and administrators; and Merritt College President Marie-Elaine Burns (left) who gave them the thumbs up before they marched into the beautiful building to reach their goal.
Check out the photos here or below from the beginning preparations outside to lining up and marching in, to the meaningful and dynamic words of Speaker Dennis Kimbro and the Valedictorian Alessandra Chimienti (right) to the handing out of the diplomas by President Burns and faculty members.
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 the end)
See Video, Part II, HERE of students receiving diplomas