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Delta to hold 77th annual commencement ceremony May 24

The Stockton Arena will welcome up to 675 graduating Delta College students and their families on May 24 as part of the 77th annual commencement ceremony.

“Commencement, in my opinion, is one of the most important things we do here,” said Michael Kerns, Vice President of Student Services.

The program begins at 6 p.m.

A rehearsal will be at the same location at 4 p.m. May 23.

The event includes a speech from student speaker Arianna Perez, whose speech was chosen by a committee that includes speech instructors.

The National Anthem will be performed by the San Joaquin Delta College Vocal Quartet.

“We’re following pretty much the same floor plans (from previous years),” said David Bane, Lead Records Evaluator and co-coordinator of this event.

According to Bane, only about 40 percent of eligible students walk for graduation every year.

“For some reason that’s a constant,” said Bane.

Students planning to walk are asked to remember to wear their caps level and their tassel to the right and to report fully dressed in cap and gown at 5 p.m.

All students planning to walk should pick up a “walking card” which allows them to avoid the check-in process during the beginning to commencement.

Cards can be picked up with picture identification at the information desk in the DeRicco Student Services Building from May 16-24.

Diplomas will be mailed to eligible recipients in July.

Bane says the best thing a graduating student can do is continuously check Delta’s website at www.deltacollege.edu/dept/ar/admissions/commence.html for updates on current news.

“I’m excited to be here as vice president of student service,” said Kerns. “It’s a team of outstanding individuals who are putting this together.”

COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE

WHERE: Stockton Arena,  248 W. Fremont Street
WHEN:  Rehearsal is May 23 at 4 p.m. Commencement is May 24 at 6 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO:  Email ar-evaluations@deltacollege.edu