Santiago Canyon College to Celebrate In-Person Commencement
for Classes of 2020 and 2021 at the Angel Stadium
ORANGE, CA – Santiago Canyon College is thrilled to announce that it will hold an in-person commencement ceremony this year to celebrate the Class of 2020 and 2021. The
Angel Stadium in Anaheim will host the highly anticipated event for students on Monday, June 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for approximately 2,200 graduates combined from both classes. About 700 graduates are expected to participate in person.
Like most other educational institutions, Santiago Canyon College was prevented from offering in-person ceremonies in 2020 because of COVID-19. It pivoted from planning a drive-through commencement to an in-person celebration after Orange County moved into the less-restrictive orange tier of the State’s reopening plan. Under the new Outdoor Stadium Live Performance public health guidelines, Santiago Canyon College partnered with the Angels Stadium of Anaheim and is arranging for some special highlights at the event. In addition, students and guests will be treated to a fireworks display at the closing of the ceremony.
“The opportunity to offer an in-person ceremony and showcase our students’ hard work and dedication to their studies was incredibly timely and very welcome in this landscape that has been challenging for many,” said
Santiago Canyon College Interim President Jose Vargas. “We are proud of each of their accomplishments and want to celebrate it in the traditional way where they can share this momentous and cherished memory with special persons in their lives.”
To comply with coronavirus restrictions, everyone in attendance will be required to have a ticket, and they must remain in their seats throughout the program. Each student will be allowed to bring two family members, or significant others, to the ceremony. While maintaining social distancing and face-covering guidelines, students will walk on the warning track and have their moment displayed on the outfield board for live feed. The main stage will be reserved for college administrators and a special guest speaker to be announced.
“Angel Stadium is proud to be the venue to host Santiago Canyon College’s commencement this year in line with our continued commitment to working with our community,” said
Courtney Wallace, Angels Director of Special Events. “As a partner, we look forward to providing the backdrop for this very special event.”
“I am a first-generation student, earning the first college degree in my family,” said
Mechanical Engineering major Rafael Espinoza. “Even though it’s a huge milestone for me to earn this degree, I was not planning on participating in the drive-through event, but now that the graduation will be in person, I will have my parents there to make them proud of my accomplishment.” Espinoza plans to transfer to UCI or UCLA to complete his bachelor’s degree and someday work at an aeronautical company such as NASA.
While community colleges are considered 2-year educational institutions, some students may take longer to complete their studies due to family matters, personal or work-related challenges. Such was the case with
Odaliz Gonzalez whose dream is to become a pediatrician. “It has taken me 5 years to earn my Associate of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development,” said Gonzalez. She plans to transfer to California State University of Fullerton, Long Beach, Dominguez Hills or Los Angeles and work toward her bachelor’s degree. “Because my family strongly values a college education and is very proud of my tenacity to earn it, I was still going to participate in SCC’s drive-through commencement, but with it now being held in person and allowing students to walk up and receive their degree, the ceremony becomes incrementally more special to experience with other peers and share with family. I can’t wait to publicly be recognized and dedicate my AA degree to my parents for all the support they’ve provided.”
Students will receive an e-mail with information about the announcement and be able to visit a webpage on commencement as the planning continues and more details become available. Eligible graduates will be asked to confirm their intent to participate as soon as possible.
“Santiago Canyon College is doing everything possible to accommodate students to celebrate this special moment in their life,” said
Chancellor Marvin Martinez of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. “The pandemic has truly tested everyone’s patience, yet, strengthened our resilience to bounce back. We are elated to provide this opportunity to our outstanding students who have proven that nothing can stop them from achieving success,” Martinez expressed. “They deserve to be celebrated to the fullest extent possible.”
Santiago Canyon College | Classes of 2020 and 2021
- Number of graduates from Class of 2020 and Class of 2021: 2,306
- Number of degrees awarded: 3,880
- Youngest and oldest of graduates: 14 years old and 65 years old
- Number of graduates transferring to a University of California (UC): 659
(In the 20 years that SCC has been an accredited college, more than 12,807 students have transferred to 570 different colleges & universities, which include all of the UCs, Cal States, and private universities, such as USC, Penn State, Cornell, Stanford, Yale and Harvard, to name a few.)
- Number of graduates transferring to a California State University (CSU): 1062
- Number of Military Veterans: 16
- Dependents of military veterans: 135
- Sets of relatives consisting of siblings and cousins: 79
- Set of twins graduating together: 11
- Amount of scholarship funds awarded to students in 2021: $246,000