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The news site of San Diego City College

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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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Student Trustees recieve awards

SDCCD trustees reaffirm commitment to community college bachelor’s degrees

Interim Chancellor Greg Smith’s first trustees meeting demonstrates solidarity amid opposition from CSUs
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter May 16, 2023
Members of the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees reaffirmed their commitment to supporting baccalaureate programs at community colleges after recent opposition from the California State University system at a recent meeting held in Mission Valley.
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Umoja showcase brings community together

City College students learn subjects through the prism of Black culture

Umoja community promotes personal growth for students interested in learning from different perspectives
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter May 4, 2023
Hussein Said was one of three students showcasing how the Umoja program helped them through their college journey while also giving them a way to voice their personal growth as African-American students on April 27.
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Nursing students work on mannequin

City College shaping future of nursing students through hands-on training, instruction

City's nursing program, led by Dometrives Armstrong, is one of the top-ranked programs in the country
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter April 27, 2023
The nursing program at City College, ranked second best in California and third nationally according to an article published at, provides students with the skills and techniques they’ll need in a very difficult and rewarding field.
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Students walking and interacting with City College department booths during Open House near the AH building at San Diego City College, April 20, 2023. Photo by Joel Nevarez/City Times Media

City College welcomes prospective students for Open House

Annual event showcases academics, exceptional student work and dynamic campus community
Joel Nevarez, Sean Monney, and Shamere Grimes April 21, 2023
Prospective students from all over San Diego County toured San Diego City College's campus for the annual Open House on April 20.
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A group of people standing outside gathered in front of a van.

Award-winning documentary highlights stories of deported veterans

UMOJA program brings producer/musician to City College for film screening
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter March 21, 2023
“Bring Them Home” is an award-winning documentary showcasing the stories of these and several other military veterans who were deported after serving the country they called home.
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City College Test Proctoring Center

Test proctoring, Native American History Month discussed at City College Council

College Council evaluates, discusses relevant issues to the school
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter November 15, 2022
The San Diego City College Council came together Nov. 8 to discuss a range of issues and projects that can improve the experience students have on campus, ranging from support for students with disabilities to the celebration of Native American History Month.
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Trio Gadjo performs jazz with tap dancer Claudia Gomez at San Diego City College, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2022

VIDEO: Jazz trio, tap dancer showcase talents for City College

Trio Gadjo and Claudia Gomez share European jazz style
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Journalist November 1, 2022
Approximately 20 students and faculty gathered to listen to the European-style jazz group Trio Gadjo play their music and watch Claudia Gomez dance on a sunny afternoon in San Diego City College’s Curran Plaza on Oct. 20.
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Opera singers at City College

Opera of Tijuana comes to City College

Three opera performers and a pianist entertain students and faculty
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter October 12, 2022
Four members of The Opera of Tijuana came to San Diego City College in collaboration with the World Cultures program on Oct. 5.
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Students at San Diego City College

SDCCD chancellor gives update on state of the district

Carlos Cortez presented an update to his 10-point plan at Convocation
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Journalist September 12, 2022
Carlos Cortez, the chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, marked the first year of stepping into the top job with an update to San Diego City College faculty and staff last month.
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