May 20, 2017

San Diego Mesa College Boasts Over 2,000 Graduates in 2017

By Office of Communications

Commencement 2017

San Diego, CA. — Today, the San Diego Mesa College Commencement Ceremony at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion will honor over 700 graduates, just a portion of the 2,006 students who earned degrees and certificates in 2017, a 19% percent increase over 2016. Nearly 300 students are graduating with more than one degree, 73 are graduating with a perfect 4.0, and over 600 students - nearly 30% - are graduating with Honors.


“This is truly one of the highest achieving graduating classes we have ever had,” stated San Diego Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster. “From our veterans to our student athletes – this is an amazing group of students - headed to places like Stanford, MIT, CAL, UCLA, and of course SDSU, UCSD and USD. We’re sad to see them go, but we are equally proud to see how far they’ll go.”


This year’s event takes place at the Jenny Craig Pavilion at USD on Saturday, May 20 at 3:00pm, with San Diego Community College District administrators joining over 700 graduates and thousands of family members for the ceremony.


The 2017 Distinguished Alumni speaker is Alexander Szeto, a 1982 Mesa College graduate and a systems engineer at Northrup Grumman. Mr. Szeto helped Mesa College raise over $26,000 this year for scholarships through his “Scholarship Challenge”.


Date/Time:     Saturday, May 20, 2017, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Location:        Jenny Craig Pavilion, University of San Diego

                         5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110


Visuals:           Commencement event and speakers

Students and families celebrating

Student, families and faculty at the step-and-repeat

                         1:1’s with students and families

                         1:1’s with District and Mesa College Administrators and VIPs


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Tags: Press Release, Commencement, Graduating Olympians, Graduation