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African/African-American Graduation 2019 – “Reclaiming Our Narrative: Looking Back and Moving Forward!

4 March 2020

The Peralta Colleges 12th Annual African/African American Graduation pre-commencement celebration honoring African/African American graduates from Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College has been postponed until further notice. In the meantime, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 graduates are encouraged to click on the link below and to provide contact information in order to receive a certificate recognizing your accomplishment and to be contacted for future events.

Here’s a look at a previous graduation ceremony in 2019: HERE

Please fill out the survey below to RSVP

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P-SPAN – 2014 Graduation Coverage

17 July 2014

Berkeley City College Graduation: May 22, 2014


College of Alameda Graduation: May 23, 2014


Laney College Graduation: May 24, 2014


Merritt College Graduation: May 21, 2014


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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Randi Elaine Stewart

29 May 2014

Randi Elaine Stewart

Randi Elaine Stewart graduated from College of Alameda last week and will be attending Cal State East Bay this coming fall.

Of her experience, she writes, “After an 8-year career in the corporate world, in October of 2010, I decided to return to school and obtain an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Although I did exceptionally well in both Bus 1A and 1B, I determined that working in this field was not something I wanted to pursue.  It was when I took Physical Geography at the College of Alameda that I discovered what truly interested me. Ever since, I have been captivated by the mechanisms of the Earth and have yearned to obtain a better knowledge of the planet and its rapidly changing systems. I immediately changed my major to Geography and am intending on using this education to obtain a career that involves environmental work or the use of Geographical Information Systems.”

“My goal is to work outdoors in a field where my research and development will contribute to the preservation our planet’s natural resources,” Randi says. And she is well on her way, attending CSU East Bay as Geography major.

Randi is a CalWORKs student who has maintained two work-study positions (working 25-30 hours per week) while concurrently enrolled in 12 units and maintaining a 3.79 GPA.  Randi is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.   In addition, the college scholarship committee selected Randi to receive the 2014 $500 Follett Bookstore Scholarship Award.

As a single mom on welfare, Randi writes, “I know firsthand the hardships that accompany the pursuit of higher education. I found my path and was able to enroll in school and pursue a career in Geography; however it was not an easy task. During my entire academic career, I have struggled with the idea of withdrawing and securing a full-time job to relieve the financial stresses I endure each month.  However, I have been able to continue thus far and am now on my way to becoming a well-educated global citizen.”

Randi adds, “To be the first member of my family to graduate from college would be a dream come true.”

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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Chau Vo

29 May 2014

Chau Vo

Chau Vo, of College of Alameda, is on her way to UC Berkeley. An EOPS student, Chau is the recipient of an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship awarded by the  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  She is one of 85 finalists selected from 3,705 applications representing 727 community colleges from across the country. The Foundation provides as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years to the nation’s best low-income community college students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.

Chau earned an AS and AST in Mathematics at CoA and will be majoring in Chemical Engineering this fall at UC Berkeley.

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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Valentino Calderon

28 May 2014


Valentino Calderon, outgoing president of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College (ASBCC), plans to transfer to UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. Fascinated by the potential of integrating brain-computer interfaces to help people overcome cognitive disabilities, his major will be Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

While at Berkeley City College, Calderon has maintained a 4.0 GPA and was concurrently enrolled in classes at Cal while attending BCC. Achieving college success was not without obstacles. While a sophomore in high school, Mr. Calderon suffered a brain injury that affected his cognitive abilities.

“Academics, something that once came so easily, became an everyday challenge,” he recalled. “But my cognitive disabilities served as my motivation for excelling in college.”

Following in his brothers’ footsteps, Mr. Caldron decided to begin his higher education at a community college. He moved to Berkeley from Southern California and entered Berkeley City.

As president of ASBCC, Mr. Calderon advocated for creating the position of campus life director at all four Peralta Colleges. He also instituted bimonthly town hall meetings and oversaw a complete revision of ASBCC’s constitution, student body elections, and organized the first student candidate debates on campus.

“There are no limits; there are only plateaus,” he said. “With the right support, I can achieve new bounds and create new realities.”

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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Emily Carver

28 May 2014

Emily Carter

Meet Emily Carver, who for the past two years has earned high academic honors on top of being a stand-out volleyball player for the College of Alameda Cougar women’s volleyball team. Emily has maintained an overall 3.95 GPA for the past four semesters while participating on the Cougars women’s volleyball team. During the last three semesters, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA. Those 4.0s were earned while competing on the College of Alameda women’s volleyball team.

A team player, Emily was selected co-team captain and received awards in 2012 and 2013 for “Best Offensive Player,” and was voted to the 2013 Bay Valley Conference First Team.

Emily has not only been an excellent student and a member of the Cougar women’s volleyball team, for the past two years, she is also been an ASCOA member and held a club officer’s position (vice-president) for the COA Volleyball Club. The volleyball club was inducted in 2011; inspired by the Cougar women’s volleyball head coach, Linda Thompson, as a way to ensure the team gives back to the community by providing an opportunity for them to mentor young girls and assist in helping at volleyball clinics for girls ages 10-14.

In her very little spare time, Emily also coaches a girls youth volleyball club team and holds down a part-time job.

Emily has been accepted to several universities and colleges. However, in fall semester 2014, she plans to attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida where she will major in nursing and play volleyball for the Division 1 B-C Wildcats.

On top of all that, Emily was valedictorian at last week’s graduation ceremony!

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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Selma Elsiddig Adam

21 May 2014

Selma Adam

Meet Selma Elsiddig Adam, an outstanding member of the Class of 2014.

Selma grew up in Sudan where going to college was a day dream that she believed would never come true, especially for a girl who wants to major in Computer Engineering. Selma writes that when she was 13 years she would sneak around and take one of the books her sister brought home up to the roof, and sit for hours, reading them and trying to understand why the contents were so difficult to understand: and it was not until her that first introduced her to codes.

Leaving Sudan to come to the United States for the sake of a better education wasn’t easy; and it was made even more difficult by those who made Selma feel as if she was not welcome.  Selma remembers the time when she was on her way to visit UC Berkeley when an old, homeless man threw leftover food at her and shouted “You do not belong here; go back to where you came from.” It wasn’t the first time that Selma was victimized by such hate speech; however, she was so mad this particular day that she went home and started to cry as she wanted to go back to her country.  Having given the incident some additional thought, she decided that these kinds of challenges made her stronger and more determined to reach her goal of getting an education

Selma is well on her way to accomplishing her goal.  She will graduate Spring 2014 with a 3.86 grade point average from College of Alameda with an AS degree in Mathematics.  She has been accepted at UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Davis, San Francisco State, San Jose State and CSU East Bay.  Once she decides where she will transfer she will pursue a BS degree in Software Engineering.  Selma is the recipient of several scholarships and recently was awarded the Loretta Hernandez Scholarship.  When asked about her accomplishments, Selma responds “I am proud that I came this far in achieving my goals, and I will not quit now. I value education, for it is the only chance I have, and that is why no one who has lived an easy life will understand what it is like to make your way to the top with the only chance you have: education.”

Selma lives in Oakland and she and her friend are using technology in hopes of making people in Oakland aware of the situations happening around them and how it affects them and their children by giving them access to the information that has posted on the website that they are building. The project’s goal is to inform people about the violence and encourage them to help us hold meetings and committees to take actions to stop the violence. Selma indicated that “being a part of this project taught me how to be responsible for my community and help others, and with this project, I will strengthen my skills and help my community at the same time.”

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Commencement Message from Board of Trustees President Abel Guillén

16 May 2014


To the Peralta Community College District Community:

The Trustees of the Peralta Community College District extend our heartfelt congratulations to the graduates of Laney College, College of Alameda, Merritt College and Berkeley City College and thank you for your work and commitment to our students, faculty and staff who make up our diverse and dynamic educational community.  We also congratulate the families and friends who support our graduates in their studies.  As the time for commencement exercises approaches we reflect on the accomplishments of our graduates and ask you to join us in lifting them up and celebrating their success. The practice of the Peralta Community College District is for each college to plan its commencement ceremony through an internal committee process driven by the input of students, faculty, staff and administration of each individual college.  We support the integrity of this process and ask that all of those attending commencement exercises respect the students and their families and friends, as well as the faculty and staff assembling in celebration of our graduates by honoring the students as the reason and focus of commencement.

Nelson Mandela said education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.  Please join us in celebrating the educational achievement of our students as we recognize them for their hard work and demonstration of personal excellence.

Abel Guillén
President, Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees

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2014 African/African-American Graduation, May 17

6 May 2014

Afram_GradSaturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. See flyer for details.

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Perspectives on Graduating

9 July 2013

Graduation is a celebration of achievement and completion. Graduating students are shining examples of perseverance, dedication and sacrifice. Listen to the message these students share about their experiences.

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