May 26, 2023

San Diego Mesa College to award nearly 2,000 degrees and certificates, including 22 Bachelor’s Degrees at 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Mesa 58th graduating class includes 110 valedictorians and over 700 honors students

By Office of Communications

student walking across stage

San Diego, CA. — Today, Friday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m., San Diego Mesa College will host their 58th Commencement Ceremony, where nearly 700 of the 2,000 academic degrees and certificates earned this year will be conferred.  Among them are the sixth set of students receiving  Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Information Management (HIM), scores of first-generation students, and over 100 each of student-athletes and Promise students. Nearly 650 students are graduating with more than one degree, and the Class of 2023 boasts 110 valedictorians and over 700 students who are graduating with honors. Mesa’s youngest graduate is 17, and the oldest is 72.

“This is a joyous occasion for Mesa College,” stated San Diego Mesa College President Dr. Ashanti T. Hands, who is presiding over her first Commencement Ceremony as President.  “On this day, we gather to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and intellectual growth on the part of our students. Our ceremony will remind our scholars of what they have accomplished and empower them to continue their journey of being catalysts for change.”


student walking across stage


One such catalyst for change is George Buchanan, the 2023 Mesa College Commencement student speaker and psychology major. George is a student veteran who was involved the Honors Club, and the Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology. In April 2023, he received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence; the most prestigious scholarship award that recognizes a student who has achieved academic excellence and performed exemplary service to the college and community. In the fall, George will be attending San Diego State University to further his psychology studies, with the goal of helping others.


In conjunction with Commencement and in honor of the 2023 graduating class, the Mesa College Foundation is also holding #MesaGivingDay 2023. All donations made before midnight on Saturday, May 27th will be doubled with a generous match, until donations reach $20,000. Donations may be made to any one of the hundreds of programs and scholarships that the San Diego Mesa College Foundation supports.


Mesa College will be live-streaming the Commencement Ceremony on the San Diego Mesa College website at so that family and friends who cannot otherwise attend, can enjoy from afar. The Commencement Ceremony Program is also available on-line at


Date/Time:      Friday, May 26, 2:00 p.m.


Location:            San Diego Mesa College

Merrill Douglas Stadium

7250 Mesa College Dr., San Diego, CA 92111

Please see the Mesa College Campus Map


  • Processional
  • Students receiving diplomas
  • Administrators, faculty, staff, students participating in the event
  • Speeches given by administrators and students
  • 1:1’s with students, administrators, faculty, staff


Photos: 2022 Mesa College Commencement Ceremony

Video: Livestream of the 2022 Mesa College Commencement Ceremony

Video: District Feature of the 2022 Mesa College Commencement Ceremony


About San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college committed to access, success, and equity. We honor those commitments as a diverse community of students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators who collaborate to foster scholarship, leadership, innovation, and excellence in an inclusive learning environment. By promoting student learning and achievement that leads to degrees and certificates, transfer, workforce training, and lifelong learning, we empower our students to reach their educational goals and shape their future.  Among the largest community colleges in California, Mesa College serves 30,000 students per year, 25% of whom are full-time. Mesa offers nearly 200 associate degree and certificate programs and is one of 15 California community colleges offering a four-year baccalaureate degree. Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution, is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution and a Military Friendly School, serving more than 3,500 veterans and their families.


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Additional Information


Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
(619) 388-2759