SBCC Commencement Scheduled for May 23
May 13, 2014
Santa Barbara City College will host its 65th annual Commencement on Friday, May 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. at La Playa Stadium. Five to six hundred students are expected to participate in the ceremony and the college has more than 2,700 degrees and certificates pending or awarded in the 2013-2014 academic year.
The National anthem will be sung by students Wilma Enberg and Zammi Zwane followed by remarks from President Lori Gaskin and Academic Senate President Kenley Neufeld.
The student address will be delivered by student Kristen Webb, a Thousand Oaks native, who will receive an Associate’s degree in Communication Studies. This will be her second degree from the college; she earned an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts in May 2013.
Ms. Webb’s pathway to completing her education at SBCC has not been without challenges. She lost her sister Victoria to breast cancer at age 28 and was diagnosed with the same disease in 2011. During the course of her studies, Ms. Webb said she went through moments during when she was not sure she could finish. However, drawing upon her own strength of will and the support of a SBCC counselor, she prevailed, completed her studies and will now represent the SBCC student body as speaker at the 2014 commencement. In her commencement address, Ms. Webb will share her own story and stress the need to move past any fears and look for what is important to you. “Live your life fully and go for your dreams.”
Ms. Webb will attend Sonoma State University in the fall and plans to move into the
non-profit sector upon graduation. She volunteers for a number of charitable organizations
including the Healthy Woman’s Program at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura and
Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.
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