CHC graduation

Tyrone Ross, Student Senate President and Student Speaker, is at the podium.

Crafton Hills College will virtually celebrate the institutions 48th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 22, at 6 p.m.

“We are proud of our graduates and hope they will join us to celebrate their accomplishments at this virtual event,” said Crafton Hills College President, Dr. Kevin Horan. “We also invite the Class of 2020 to celebrate in person during Commencement in May 2021.”

The 2020 Commencement Ceremony will recognize the 794 graduates who earned 1,281 degrees and certificates. During the reading of the names, there will be an accompanying slide with each graduate’s information and photo. Students who want to participate are asked to submit their information by May 13th.

The event will include all traditional elements of the ceremony.

Ceremony Order

1. Salute to the Flag - Tyrone Ross, CHC Student Senate President (Class of 2020)

2. National Anthem- Performed by Vanessa Terry (Class of 2020)

3. Welcome - Dr. Kevin Horan, President, Crafton Hills College

4. Introductions- Jose Torres, Interim Chancellor San Bernardino Community College District

5. Student Commencement Speaker- Karina Lewis (Class of 2020)

6. Commencement Keynote Address- Dr. Judith Valles

7. Presentation of Graduating Class- Dr. Keith Wurtz, Vice President, Instruction, Crafton Hills College

8. Awarding of Degrees- Dr. Anne Viricel, Chair Board of Trustees, San Bernardino Community College District

9. A Thought for the Future- Julie McKee, President Academic Senate, Crafton Hills College

Cafton Hills graduate, Vanessa Terry, will sing the National Anthem. Terry is a part of the CHC class of 2020 and is a theater art major. Terry will be graduating with two theater arts degrees one with a concentration in performance, the other in technical theater and a fine arts degree. She served as president for the Theater Arts Association Club on campus this semester, and earlier this year performed for the Black History Month Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The 2020 Crafton Hills student speaker will be graduate, Karina Lewis. Lewis is a communication studies AA-T major. She is transferring to CSUSB and will be dual majoring in English and communication studies. Lewis works at the Crafton Hills Tutoring Center, tutoring in English and communications studies.

This years’ Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Judith Valles. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Judith Lopez Valles graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1951 and attended San Bernardino Valley College from 1952 to 1953. Valles taught elementary and high school for several years and simultaneously graduated from the University of Redlands with a bachelor's degree in English (1964). She later earned her master’s in Spanish literature at the University of California, Riverside (1970) and did doctoral work at UCLA. Valles was appointed to the SBVC faculty in 1965 and taught Spanish until 1984. She headed the department of foreign languages from 1972 to 1976, chaired the division of humanities from 1976 to 1981 and was dean of Extended Day and Summer Session from 1981 to 1983.

Valles was the administrative dean of academic affairs from 1983 to 1987, she also held the position of chief instructional officer at the college and the position of executive vice president of academic and student affairs from 1987 to 1988. Valles was appointed president of Golden West College in 1988 and was chief executive until retiring in 1993. Valles has also served as acting president of Coastline Community College, Oxnard College and was a San Bernardino Community College District trustee. She produced and hosted a Spanish-speaking television show, “Impacto,” for KVCR-TV and “La Voz” at KCSB and has been involved in the performing arts.

The 2020 Virtual Commencement event will be live on the Crafton Hills YouTube channel and Crafton Hills College Facebook with links posted within a few days prior to the event so students, faculty and staff can share with family and friends.

With its dedicated professors, ample extracurricular opportunities, supportive staff, and beautiful surroundings, Crafton Hills College is a place where students thrive. Since its opening in 1972, more than 100,000 people of different ages, interests, and backgrounds have attended CHC, drawn to the outstanding educational opportunities available to students interested in earning two-year associate degrees, transferring to four-year colleges and universities to obtain bachelor’s degrees, career and technical education programs, and general education to increase job effectiveness or learn new skills.

CHC serves about 4,500 students. Students can receive multidisciplinary degrees, including Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Liberal Studies - Teacher Preparation, and Social Science, and the Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services-Paramedics programs are some of the finest community college programs in the state, with CHC the primary trainer for paramedics in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. CHC also has the distinction of being the top community college in the Inland Empire when it comes to degree/certificate completion rates and course retention/success rates.

Crafton Hills College is an EOE, ADA, AA institution. San Bernardino Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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