Undergraduate and graduate students were awarded bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during two commencement ceremonies held in Mount Clef Stadium in May.
Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell addressed the graduates and was presented an honorary doctor of laws degree at both ceremonies.
O’Connell, who grew up in Oxnard and taught government at Oxnard High School, served as chief of the state’s public school system and leader of the California Department of Education from January 2003 to January 2011.
Skyler Butenshon, a music major who minored in philosophy, spoke on behalf of the traditional undergraduate students. Josefina Garong, a 46-year-old native of the Philippines, spoke on behalf of the Adult Degree Evening Program students. The Oxnard resident graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
M.P.P.A. candidate Erik Rodriguez, field representative for State Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, represented the graduate students; and Rose Dunn, director of instruction for the Las Virgenes Unified School District, spoke on behalf of the doctoral candidates.