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College of the Redwoods Commencement 2019

College of the Redwoods will award a total of 799 associates degrees and/or certificates of achievement to 647 students throughout the CR District this week during four separate commencement ceremonies.

The CR Eureka Campus will host its event on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium. A total of 686 degrees and/or certificates will be awarded to students during the ceremony.

Saturday’s Eureka graduation will be streamed on CR’s website.

“I look forward to commencement every year” said CR President Keith Flamer. “It’s the most important milestone in the academic year where students can share the excitement and importance of their academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. It is also a time for the College, Board of Trustees, administrators, staff and faculty to pay tribute to students for the outstanding efforts they have shown in earning a degree or certificate.''

Valedictorian Robert Airth will deliver the commencement address at the Eureka campus ceremony.  The salutatorian is Cicely Suhayda.  CR’s President/Superintendent Keith Flamer will welcome students and confer upon them the associate degrees and certificates of achievement.  Members of the CR Board of Trustees, Danny Kelly and Bruce Emad, will present the diplomas and certificates.  All graduating veterans will be recognized by wearing special red, white and blue honor cords.

The CR Del Norte Education Center in Crescent City will hold its graduation at 6 p.m. on Friday May 17, at the Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Event Center.  A total of 82 degrees and certificates will be awarded to students.

The CR Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site graduation event will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m., students will be awarded 31 degrees or certificates in the Hoopa High School Mattz Gymnasium.

The CR Registered Nursing Program will honor its graduates in a special ''Pinning ceremony'' on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium on the Eureka Campus. Nursing Faculty Sally Urban and Ann Sullivan will welcome the graduates and introduce graduate speakers Beatriz Cortes-Garcia and Alexandria  Harris.

CR will also hold its second annual Multicultural Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Theater. This ceremony is held to express appreciation for the achievements, commonalities, and cultural differences that characterize the experiences of our diverse students. A potluck reception will take place in the Child Development Center upon completion of the celebration.                               

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Photos:  CR valedictorian Robert Airth, and CR salutatorian Cicely Suhayda