Class of 2016 Lauded During 49th Commencement


Cypress College’s Class of 2016 includes nearly 1,300 students and another 500 plus who were awarded with occupational certificates. The 49th Commencement was held in the campus Gateway Plaza on Friday, May 27, with student participation at a near record high.

Pending finalization of grades, there are 1,298 students earning a total of 1,510 associate’s degrees as members of Cypress College’s Class of 2016. In addition, the college is awarding a total of 738 occupational certificates to 536 students. There are 571 students who have earned AD-Ts, guaranteeing transfer into the California State University system.

Some 292 students are graduating with honors — meaning they have maintained a Grade-Point Average of 3.3 to 3.74 during their Cypress College career. Of that group, 83 students are graduating with high honors — meaning they have earned a career Grade-Point Average of 3.75 to 4.0.

During the ceremony, Jeffrey Anderson was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate for 2016. Once a high school dropout, he earned a perfect 4.0 GPA at Cypress College. He is transferring to California State University, Fullerton in the fall and intends to pursue a career as a teacher.


Photographs, video, biographies of commencement speaker Donna Miller and Outstanding Alumnus Wayne Kistner, and more are in the Commencement Central section of the website.

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