With local high schools conducting their graduations last month, now is the time for all local upper-level graduates to receive their diplomas, with both Caltech and Pasadena City College holding commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 14.
At Caltech, about 500 students will receive their diplomas at a ceremony set for 10 a.m. at Beckman Hall, 1200 E. California Blvd. Expected to address the graduates is Dr. France Córdova, a 1979 alumnus of Caltech who is an astrophysicist and administrator who serves as director of the National Science Foundation. In 1993, Córdova became the first woman and youngest chief scientist at NASA.
At PCC, some 1,200 graduates will participate in the annual commencement at 7 p.m. in Robinson Stadium, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Giving that school’s address will be local artist and ArtCenter College of Design alumnus Simon Silva.
Although all students graduate in one ceremony, PCC celebrates its minority graduates in separate events. PCC’s Black Graduation, which acknowledges the work of each black graduate, was held on May 31 in the school’s Creveling Lounge.
Latinx Graduation, which recognizes the work of diverse bilingual students, was also held last Friday, only in Sexson Auditorium.
Silva, whose work represents his Mexican-American upbringing and heritage, earned his associate’s degree from Imperial Valley College and then went on to earn his bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.
Due to limited seating, PCC’s ceremony is a ticketed event. Each graduating student will be issued four tickets to provide for friends, family and supporters. PCC will also be live-streaming the ceremony for any guests who are unable to attend.
Caltech’s graduation will be held on a first-come, first-served basis with no tickets required. The ceremony will also be live-streamed on Caltech’s website.
Local high school students marched in graduation ceremonies in Pasadena last month.
The ceremonies kicked off on May 24 when students from Center for Independent Studies and Rose City High School received their diplomas at Pasadena High School.
Students at Blair and Pasadena high schools received their diplomas on May 30 in a ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Students from John Muir High School and Marshall Fundamental School marched in commencement ceremonies on May 31.