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Class of 2023

City Times - Spring 2023, Volume 77, Issue 2Learn more about the graduates crossing the stage as part of San Diego City College’s Class of 2023.


Read also about the San Diego City College celebrating AAPI students in a historic graduation ceremony, along with the 2nd Lavendard Graduation, Rite of Passage and Chicano Latina Graduation. 


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Graduating students with sash and degrees

City College students celebrated for their struggles, triumphs at Chicano Latina Graduation

Ceremony highlighted students’ Chicanx heritage, achievements and support systems on their way to four-year universities
Marco Guajardo, Multimedia Journalist May 25, 2023
Families and supporters honored the City graduates for their dedication and perseverance within the context of what it means to be Chicanx
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A man in a blue shirt and blue hat uses a fine tip brush to add green paint to a large tan canvas. April 25, 2023. Photo by Kathryn Gray/City Times Media

Fine art graduate returns to City after 30 years motivated by personal tragedy to realize lifelong dream

Following in his late daughter's footsteps in an attempt to heal, Nilo Ondevilla found human connection, mentorship and a future beyond his imagination
Kathryn Gray, Editor-in-Chief May 25, 2023
Following in his late daughter's footsteps in an attempt to heal, Nilo Ondevilla found human connection, mentorship and a future beyond his imagination
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City College student Kelley Westley decorates her graduation cap with sunflowers and slogans like Wont He do it! and Never too late outside the bookstore on City campus.

City College graduate advocates for childhood literacy, mental health

Kelley Westley’s passion for helping others translates into her leadership role, future goals
Sean Monney, Multimedia Journalist May 25, 2023
Kelley Westley recalled coming home from school as a child and not being able to turn to her parents for help with homework. She stayed late at school to get the help she needed. Today, Westley is graduating from San Diego City College with a degree in early childhood education. 
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Lucy Plascencia stands in front of a wooden podium surrounded by an arch of yellow, green and blue balloons on an outdoor patio with a building in the background.

City College honors LGBTQ+ graduates at second Lavender graduation

LGBTQ+ community members stand proud as they receive degrees, certificates at annual ceremony
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter May 24, 2023
The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexuality. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995, with just three graduates.
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City College graduate Shalayah-Naomi Webb smiles

City College graduate aims for career in the space industry

MESA Program student with a love for science pursues aerospace engineering
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Journalist May 24, 2023
Shalayah-Naomi Webb will be transferring to San Diego State University to work on a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.
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Musicians, from left to right, Jededi Cunningham, Nigel Zuniga and Nana Yao Asiedu perform

Rite of Passage ceremony celebrates the excellence of Black graduates

Black students gather to recognize their achievements in the face of adversity
Luke Bradbury, Multimedia Journalist May 23, 2023
City College held the Rite of Passage Celebration, a ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of graduating Black students across the San Diego Community College District.
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Fanny Benitez, an education major, decorates her graduation cap, dedicating it to her first baby

GALLERY: City College students decorate caps in advance of commencement

A sunny day in Gorton Quad was the perfect backdrop for craft projects
Nathaly Alvizures, Contributor May 23, 2023
Approximately 30 students, along with family members and campus administrators, gathered around tables in Gorton Quad to decorate their graduation caps in advance of semester-ending commencement events.
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San Diego City College ASG President Diego Bethea waits to greet student visitors at City College’s Open House event on Thursday, April 20, 2023. Photo by Daniel Lasker/City Times Media

ASG president focuses on bringing City College campus back to life

Diego Bethea looks forward to second term as student government president
Daniel Lasker, Multimedia Journalist May 22, 2023
With one year as ASG president under his belt, Bethea will return in the fall in the same role again, advancing toward a B.A. in business administration and changing the campus culture for the better. 
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Acting Chancellor speaks at the at the Classified Professionals Service Awards May 15, 2023

New SDCCD acting chancellor champions public service, equity

A community college graduate himself, Greg Smith understands what District students are going through
Marco Guajardo, Multimedia Journalist May 19, 2023
On his road to SDCCD, Greg Smith purposefully pieces culturally significant lessons together into practice. They now define the equity-focused goals, values, and leadership style he brings to the district as acting chancellor. 
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Samvathna Em receives recognition during AAPI graduation celebration at A building Patio

City College celebrates AAPI students in historic ceremony (with gallery)

First AAPI-themed graduation celebration held on May 15
Joel Nevarez, Sports Editor May 18, 2023
Students along with their loved ones and members of the San Diego City College community gathered for the campus’ first-ever Asian American Pacific Islander graduation celebration at the A building patio on May 15. 
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San Diego City College graduates in caps and gowns

Graduation events soon to be underway for City College

Candidates have also announced their run for County Board of Supervisors candidates in this week's Newscene
Roxy Vieira, Production Manager, CTTV May 11, 2023
Candidates have also announced their run for County Board of Supervisors candidates in this week's Newscene
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Jakob McWhinney works on a story at his computer in is cubicle at the Voice of San Diego office in downtown San Diego on May 5, 2023.

City College alumnus becomes voice of education issues in San Diego

Jakob McWhinney’s reporting on education draws influence from his own educational journey
Sean Monney, Multimedia Journalist May 8, 2023
Jakob McWhinney was finishing his 5-month internship at the online news organization Voice of San Diego when it posted a job opening for the education reporter position.
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