May 25, 2021
College to Hold Graduation Ceremony Virtually
Moreno Valley College will hold its second, and hopefully its last, virtual graduation ceremony on June 11 at 5 pm. The College will award 1,890 associate degrees to 983 individuals. The youngest graduate is 16 years of age, while the oldest is 71. The College Promise program had 166 students receive degrees while Middle College will graduate 75 individuals who collectively managed to earn 230 associate degrees. Forty-six Veterans earned degrees and 37 students in the Nuview Bridge program completed a degree requirement.
This year, 534 certificates will be awarded, with the majority coming from the Public Safety programs at Ben Clark Training Center. The Emergency Medical Technician program had 122 students earn certificates, followed by Basic Corrections (98), Firefighter Academy (66), and the Police Academy (61).
The College had 146 students graduate with Great Distinction (3.7 GPA or higher) and 252 with honors (3.30 to 3.69 GPAs).
"These graduates have demonstrated great resiliency," Robin Steinback, Ph.D, president of Moreno Valley College, said. "They have accomplished the milestone of earning a degree in a time of much economic, social and political upheaval, followed by the uncertainties created by a public health pandemic.
"With hope and a focus on the future the graduates have endured a great deal to be here, including countless hours of Zoom classes, unstable internet connections, and studying in less than optimal conditions and often in isolation. In short, they have been living an historical moment, unlike any our nation or the world has seen in more than two generations."
Student Evie Marie Moreno, who has a unique perspective, will address the graduates. Married with five children, Moreno learned how to balance school and family in order to graduate from Moreno Valley College with degrees in Education Paraprofessional, Early Childhood Education, and Social Behavioral Studies. Moreno, who will go on to Central State University in Ohio, plans on completing a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.
"College has not been easy, but I am grateful to have had the experience of attending Moreno Valley College, experiencing the leadership on campus, and receiving support from EOPS, the Child Development Center and the Learning Center," she said. "I am honored and humbled to have this chance to address the 2021 graduating class.
Psychology professor Adviye Tolunay will serve as the faculty speaker. Tolunay, who has been with the District since 2006, holds degrees from Bogazici University in Turkey and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.
Several of the College's specialized programs held special celebrations for its graduates in May. UMOJA will hold a celebration for its graduating members June 4 at 4 pm. The link to MVC's commencement ceremony can be found here.