Bakersfield College's 109th Commencement Inspires Graduates

BC graduation, student receiving degree on stage

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Bakersfield College celebrated its 109th Commencement on Friday, May 12th, 2023, with a remarkable milestone of 1,418 graduates. The event was streamed live on YouTube and attracted over 1,000 viewers from around the world. The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Nicky Damania, who served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. This year's commencement was particularly significant as it marked the last for Dr. Zav Dadabhoy, who concluded his tenure as BC's interim president as he moves in the Deputy Chancellor position for Kern CCD. Dr. Dadabhoy bid farewell to the graduates with a heartfelt speech, expressing his pride in their achievements and wishing them success in their future endeavors.

The ceremony was filled with moving speeches by faculty and students alike; all reflecting on their experiences and imparting wisdom to each graduate as they take their next steps towards their academic and professional goals. BC Alumni Board President Alex Dominguez welcome all 1,418 graduates to the Alumni Association and the night sky was lit up with dazzling fireworks as the commencement drew to a close, creating a magical atmosphere celebrating the resilience and hard work of the graduates.

Bakersfield College's 109th Commencement will be remembered as a momentous and unforgettable event; the scale of this graduating class is a testament to Bakersfield College's commitment to academic excellence and student success. As the graduates embark on their future journeys, the Bakersfield College community extends its warmest wishes, confident that these accomplished individuals will go on to make a positive impact on the world.

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