Butte College will hold its 40th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m. at the John Cowan Sports Complex, 3536 Butte Campus Drive.
Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president, along with the Butte College Board of Trustees, will award 636 associate in arts degrees and 453 associate in sciences degrees for a total of 1,089 degrees.
"Graduation is one of my favorite times all year at the college," said Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president. "This year is even more special as we mark our 40th year offering associate degrees and career programs."
Shawna Wimmer, Butte College Class of 2009, has been selected as the keynote student speaker. Wimmer grew up in Chico and graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2005. She has spent the past three and a half years at Butte College and is graduating with an associate's degree in agriculture business and agriculture science. She will attend CSU, Chico, in the fall and plans to obtain bachelor's degrees in agriculture education and animal science.
Wimmer said her original career goal was to teach high school agriculture, but having spent the past year working in the Butte College assessment office, she found that she enjoys working with college students so she may end up teaching college students one day.
Butte College graduate, Tanasha Murray will be singing the National Anthem during the ceremony. Murray is a 2007 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and is graduating from Butte College with degrees in university studies and social and behavioral science. She plans to become a professional singer or pursue a career in the music industry and is currently attending CSU, Chico, majoring in music industry with a minor in business.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Any graduate or guest requiring a specific accommodation or adjustment, including interpreting services or an assistive listening device, should call 530-895-2239 [voice] or 530 879-6118 [TTD].
Other graduations taking place:
Butte College Registered Nurse Graduation takes place on Thursday, May 28 from 4-6 p.m. in the Campus Center, 3536 Butte Campus Drive. For more information call 879-4306.
Butte College 51st Firefighter I Academy Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road. For more information, please call 895-2211.
Butte College Welding Graduation will take place on Thursday, May 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Welding Area.
Butte College Respiratory Therapy Graduation will take place on Friday, May 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Esplanade Building, Enloe Medical Center.
Butte College 123rd Law Enforcement Academy Graduation takes place on Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road. For more information, please call 895-2211.