Pierce College graduation and Swisher Park renaming

With graduation soon approaching on June 8, Pierce College will be having a commencement ceremony to recognize students that have made it this far in their educational career.

The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at Swisher Park, located by the Park Cafe.

Graduates are expected to be there at 5:15 p.m. and will meet in the quad area of the Center for Sciences to fill out name cards and additional paper work.

According to Dean of Student Services David Follosco, there were approximately 387 students that graduated last year. This year he expects to see a similar amount of graduates.

“It [graduates] varies every year,” said Follosco.

A cap and gown is mandatory for each graduate. If a student fails to obtain any of these items they will be prohibited to participate in the ceremony.

” I didn’t know we had to get our gowns, I thought we got it that day,” said Marcus Newman who is graduating this June.

Caps and gowns are now available in the bookstore, and will remain available until the day of graduation.

The commencement speaker will be former Pierce College President Rocky Young, and following the ceremony, Pierce will rename Swisher Park, The Rocky Young Park.

A reception will follow at 7:30 p.m. for students and teachers to celebrate their accomplishments.

“I am exited for whatever comes next,” said Hailey Willams, who is planning to further her education in New York.