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Santiago Canyon College Holds 17th Commencement on June 2



Santiago Canyon College (SCC) will celebrate its 17th annual commencement ceremony. The ceremony recognizes students for their academic achievements. More than 1,300 students are eligible to graduate in the class of 2016.


Vázquez Plaza (Located between H and SC buildings.)
Santiago Canyon College
8045 N. Chapman Ave.
​Orange, CA 92869


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ceremony begins promptly at 4:30 p.m.


A total of 1,300 students are in this graduating class. Of those, more than 200 students are expected to participate in the ceremony. Of the students participating, 21 of them are veterans. There will also be 11 sets of siblings graduating, including two sets of twins. More than 2,000 family and friends are expected to attend. No tickets for guests to attend the commencement ceremony are required.

Commencement speakers include:

  • John Weispfenning, Ph.D., Santiago Canyon College President
  • Claudia C. Alvarez, Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustees President
  • Franklin Heng, Valedictorian
  • Leah Freidenrich, Faculty Speaker, SCC Librarian

Valedictorian Franklin Heng has a 4.0 GPA and is graduating with Associate of Science degrees in mathematics and sciences. At SCC, Heng has participated in the Model United Nations, the Associated Student Government, and the STEM team. He also participated in California State University, Fullerton’s summer research program for science and the Student Leadership Institute workshop series. Heng is planning on pursuing a computer science degree from a university after graduation and said, "I am passionate about emerging technologies. I believe that technology can redefine and improve the world around us."

At commencement, the Faculty Excellence Award and the Distinguished Full-Time Classified Award recipients, Dr. Barry Resnick, SCC counselor, and Ashley Jensen, science lab coordinator, will be recognized. The Faculty Excellence Award winner is selected by the college's faculty to honor one of their peers for outstanding commitment to student success, service to the college, curriculum development and academic leadership. The Distinguished Full-Time Classified Award is given to the full-time classified employee who best exemplifies professionalism, excellent work performance, inspires others to excel, has consideration for others, and is dedicated. The Dean R. Strenger Service Awards will also be presented at the ceremony. Students who receive the award epitomize leadership, community service and scholarship.


The commencement ceremony celebrates students’ academic achievements and milestones. It is a time to recognize the hard work that these graduates have put into getting to the point of receiving their associate degrees and certificates from Santiago Canyon College (SCC).


For more information about Santiago Canyon College’s commencement ceremony, please contact 714-628-4932 or visit

About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves about 14,000 students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and seniors - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.

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