Commencement is May 23
Commencement is the highlight of the year for COD faculty, staff
and especially the students. The evening, Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m., is filled
with color and pageantry, short speeches, and the traditional caps and gowns
and distribution of hard-earned diplomas. Last year the College added another
element to the ceremony that will be carried on again this year. The hard work
of the students who earn certificates in their chosen fields of study will also
be acknowledged. The ceremony will be held at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino
Resort Spa. Tickets are required for admission. For those unable to attend or
who live out of the country, the Commencement ceremony will also be available
live-stream. Details to watch COD’s 2014 Commencement ceremony live online will
be posted on the College’s website, www.collegeofthedesert.edu.
Over 900 students are eligible to walk in the graduation
processional and almost 400 are expected to participate.
Certificate-earning students will don the same regalia but, instead of a tassel
on their cap, they will drape a red cord over the shoulders of their gowns. Over
140 certificates have been earned in the past year. Many students have earned
more than one. In addition to the students, a large number of faculty and staff
attend the ceremony. The college continues to have a crowd of over 1,600
observers turn out to cheer on family members and friends who are graduating.
will include: presentation of colors by COD’s Public Safety Academy Honor Guard
and welcome remarks by COD Superintendent/President Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D. Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology/Advanced
Transportation and Academic Senate President Douglas Redman, will present the
Faculty of the Year Award to Leif Ericson Jordan, Ph.D., associate professor, mathematics,
who will deliver an address. The City Manager of Indio, Dan Martinez, will be the
keynote speaker. He is a 1984 COD graduate and will share his own educational journey
that will inspire everyone in attendance.
Executive Vice President, Student Success and Student Learning Anna Davies
will introduce the two students who have been selected to represent the student
body. Richard Fike and Todor Nikolov, each with a perfect 4.0 GPA, will share
his own unique story about what brought him to COD and how COD has helped mold his
Degrees will be awarded by President Kinnamon and Chair of the
Board of Trustees Becky Broughton.
Entertainment will be provided by COD students under the direction
of Music Professor Darlene Romano, D.M.A. Six of the eight performers are
current COD music majors: Alden Dickey, Krystofer Do, Austin Lawrence, Ramon
Martinez, Carrick O’Dowd, and Kenneth Ugarte. Former COD student Cliff Plummer
and employee Michael Hadley round out the ensemble, all of which recently appeared
in COD’s production of Les Miserables.
Commencement, students, families and friends will gather in the lobby at The
Show for a reception and refreshments sponsored by the COD Alumni Association.