Butte College Foundation

Alan Jarjour

Alan Jarjour

Alan Jarjour is a biochemistry major transferring to UCLA.

"I loved Butte because it provided a second chance for some who didn't do so well in high school. Even though I was a good student, I was not good enough to get accepted into one of the six colleges I applied. Now after two years of community college, I was accepted into four of the five schools I applied to--including my top choice UCLA," said Jarjour. "Not only did Butte give me a second chance but it also saved my family a lot of money and I could not be happier with my decision to attend here."

Jarjour plans to pursue a career in medicine or dentistry.

Lisa Thao

Lisa Thao

Butte College's 2015 student commencement speaker was Lisa Thao, 19, Oroville, who received an Associate in Arts Degree in University Studies with an emphasis in Social Science. She transferred to CSU, Chico to pursue a bachelor's degree in social work.

Thao also served as the Vice President of Fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

"My experience at Butte College has been phenomenal. I began my journey as a College Connection Student while in high school. Choosing Butte College was the best decision I have made. Spending my first two years of college at Butte, helped prepare me for what is yet to come. I had the opportunity to work with amazing individuals who inspired and motivated me to become who I am today," said Thao.

Yeni Reynoso, Oroville

Yeni Reynoso

"I will miss all of the instructors. Butte College has helped me achieve my career goals and now I'm transferring to Chico State."

2015 Graduate Video Testimonials


Outstanding Alumni

The Outstanding Alumni Award is selected and presented by the Butte College Foundation in recognition of outstanding personal and professional achievements.

Each year the Butte College Foundation selects deserving alumni to receive our Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of outstanding personal and professional achievements.


  • Nominees shall be alumni of Butte College who have distinguished themselves at a high level of achievement in their particular field of study, life’s work, or community service.
  • Individuals may be nominated posthumously.
  • Nominations may be submitted by any member of the public.

Please help us keep this tradition alive. If you have an alumnus you would like to nominate to receive this honor, please send your completed nomination form to:

Butte College Foundation
3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 895-2359; fax (530) 879-6168

Outstanding Alumni

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Read about our past honored Outstanding Alumni.