2019 Commencement Celebration
Written by: President’s Office
Sierra College celebrated the accomplishments of students with the commencement ceremonies held at the Tahoe-Truckee, Nevada County and Rocklin campuses on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24. Over 2,300 degrees and certificates were awarded to this year’s graduating class. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals holding an Associate’s degree earn almost $7,000 more per year than high school graduates, which translates into a regional economic impact of more than $14 million for the Class of 2019.
Tahoe-Truckee held the first graduation on Thursday morning with an intimate ceremony in the picturesque lobby with students, families and friends. Tahoe-Truckee Dean, Dr. Kim Bateman, provided a heartfelt address and introduced each student individually. Later that day, the Nevada-County campus held their commencement ceremony in the gym (due to inclement weather), led by Executive Dean Stephanie Ortiz.
The Rocklin campus commencement was held Friday, May 24, in the football stadium. This year’s ceremony was the largest ever, with graduates ranging in age from 15 to 76. The most popular degree subjects were Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Science, and Business Administration. The most popular interest area was People, Culture and Society, followed by Earth and Environment, and Public Safety, Health and Wellness. The earning potential of different associate degrees can be explored online using the California Community Colleges Salary Surfer tool.