2020 Commencement Central

Cypress College’s 53rd Commencement

Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5 p.m.

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Presidential Scholars of Distinction

In 2019, Cypress College started a new tradition with the selection of the inaugural cohort of Presidential Scholars of Distinction, a new academic recognition and scholarship intended to honor nine students who exemplify what it means to be a Cypress College student. The Presidential Scholars were nominated by the faculty in their specific academic major clusters, selected by the members of that academic pathway, and affirmed by President JoAnna Shilling, Ph.D.

Brandon Nguyen,

John Lasater,

Kylie Christensen,
Fine Arts

Christina Williams,
Health Science

Frankie Islas,

Nate Garcia,
Language Arts

Anh Nguyen,

Connor Kilzer,

Sarah Queneau,
Social Sciences

Outstanding Graduate Elise Cunanan

Female student in cap and gown

Elise Cunanan is Cypress College’s 2020 Outstanding Graduate. Cunanan completed two associate degrees in fall 2019, one in sociology and the second in liberal studies: social and behavioral sciences. She began attending California State University, Fullerton, this spring. Her career goals are to become a school counselor and to work for a non-profit organization.

At Cypress College, Cunanan was a member of the Associated Students, worked as a member of the Student Ambassador team, and established the Student Advocates for Education Club to provide community service to K-12 and higher education students. She also worked to raise awareness about student homelessness.

“I selected Cypress College because my parents both are alumni of community colleges, my mom even attended Cypress College herself,” Cunanan said. “I actually did not apply to any universities as a high school senior, because I felt that choosing a university to attend was a big decision that I was not ready to make at the time. Another great benefit about Cypress College is that tuition is affordable and the staff here is extraordinarily helpful.”

Words "Faculty Awards"

Outstanding Full-Time Faculty

All Full-Time Faculty

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

All Adjunct Faculty

Charger Award

Kathleen McAlister, Distance Education Coordinator


Commencement in the App

Commencement information is now available literally at your fingertips. Check out the new Commencement persona in the app for answers to your questions, the latest information, and more. Updates made frequently, so check back often!

To change your persona in the app, click on the person icon in the upper righthand corner and click on “My Persona,” then choose “Commencement.” This will direct you to the Commencement persona where you can access commencement-related information and receive announcements and push notifications specific to graduating.

Don’t have the app yet? Download it here!

Also, for those planning to graduate, be sure to keep an eye out on your preferred email inbox (the email address you normally receive Cypress College emails at; this can be confirmed in myGateway) for further commencement-related information.