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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 04/25/2008 04:35 PM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 04/25/2008 04:56 PM
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Columbia College Celebrates 39th Commencement Ceremony

Columbia, CA....Columbia College will hold its 39th Commencement on Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion. A reception for the 192 graduates, their families, friends and guests will be held immediately after the ceremony in Carkeet Park next to the pavilion. Among the graduating class, 140 associate in arts degrees were earned, 67 associate in science degrees, 12 associate in science (occupational education) degrees, and 110 certificates of achievement. A total of 22 will graduate with distinction (cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 or better) and 10 with honors (between 3.5 and 3.74 grade point averages).....

Those, who will receive both A.A. and A.S. or A.S.O.E. degrees, are Jennifer Ann Campbell, David J. Dahlberg, James A. Forgette, Lando Stevens Greene, Benjamin Wendell Guy, Patrick J. Henderson, Diandra C. Marshall, Melissa Jane Marshall, Erasmo Martinez, Jr., Stephanie Nichole Merriott, Sandra L. Price, Colin M. Taylor, Ryan Trey Torchio, Antonio S. Westerlund, and Amanda Chase Wright.

In addition, both associate degrees and certificates will be conferred upon Rosanna Nicole Barnette, Melissa Amelia Chesnut, David J. Dahlberg, Shannon Louise Fernandez, Christopher Ryan Ingram, Caitlin Nicole Jones, Ashley Brianne Kimball, Sandra L. Lascari, Melissa Jane Marshall, Teresa Medeiros, Stephanie Nichole Merriott, Melissa Perry, Judith L. Smith, Michael Matthew Stiehr, Ryan Trey Torchio, Marie Kathrine Han Valera, and Michelle R. Vidaurri.

Jayme Johnson, president of the Associated Students of Columbia College (ASCC), will deliver the welcome address. Doralyn Foletti, interim president of the classified senate and Kathy Schultz, president of the academic senate, will convey the college’s welcome. The student graduation address will be delivered by Kathleen Kelly and the concluding student farewell by Katie Lynne Smith. The national anthem will be sung by Da’Nasha Cook.

Special commencement guests include Teresa Scott, executive vice chancellor of the Yosemite Community College District and YCCD Board of Trustee members Pat Dean (trustee area 1), Desirree Abshire (trustee area 2), Paul Neumann (trustee area 5) and Linda Flores (trustee area 5).

Dr. Joan Smith, Columbia College president will introduce members of the class of 2008. Dr. Dennis Gervin, the college’s vice president for student learning and Connie Mical, chief operations officer will distribute diplomas and certificates. The processional will be led by Gary Mendenhall, dean of instructional services, vocational education and Michael Torok, interim dean of instructional services, arts and sciences. The Columbia College Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Rod Harris, will provide musical selections for the graduation.

By hometowns or residing cities, members of Columbia College’s graduating class of 2008 are:


Archie Lee Barnett

Jon M. Kuellmer

Angels Camp

Marie Clarisse Han Valera **

Marie Kathrine Han Valera


Ashley Nichole Foye

Patrick J. Henderson

Tonya Renee Scheftner


Erasmo Martinez Jr.


Camren Jay Saville


Antonio S. Westerlund

Camp Connell

Rita A. Crawford **

Ellie Rose McCracken *

Castro Valley

Caitlin Nicole Jones

Chinese Camp

Jason M. Armstrong


Matthew James Grote

Heather Jorgensen *

Tyler James Keefe

Austin Lawrence Martin

Ryan P. Mileur

Jessica Grace Ocock **

Melissa Perry *

James Earl Underwood III

Karl Barrett Waite

Ivan Norton Wiley


Christine Louise Hedge **

Delania J. Koval


Taureanna Marina Shimp *


Shawna Adrienne Conley

Douglas Flat

Sandra L. Price

Crystal Nicole Wise


Benjamin Charles Pope *


Lisa Yuki Bledsoe

Loretta J. Dooley

Stephanie Nichole Merriott

Jamie Patricia Mullin

Suzanne Ojeda

Hathaway Pines

Amanda Crystal Kolstad

Jessica Lynn McPherson


Jennifer D. Alderson

Matthew T. Browning

Sara Esther Carajan

Sandra Casillas

RikkiAnne D. Fraser

Seth Matthew Greene

Cody Bradford Harris

J. Cody Hegland

Nathan N. Hofland

S. Rena Keaster

Diandra C. Marshall

Clark Christopher Parkan

Molly Beth Townsend

Joseph Mathew Vershay

Michelle R. Vidaurri **

Knights Ferry

Amanda Chase Wright


Christopher Ryan Ingram


Nicole M. Nolet


Daniel Kurt Foster


Gary Raymond Elsholz

Mi-Wuk Village

Jennifer Ann Campbell

Julia Stephens *


Robyn Alyssa Schendel

Mokelumne Hill

Cristina R. Arganbright

Melissa Jane Marshall

Jamison Pritchard

Mountain Ranch

Lisa Debra Mobley


Kim Lorriane Beller

Teresa Marie Crutcher

Lando Stevens Greene **

Kathleen Marie Kelly **

Brian Sean Moore *

Mark Joseph St. Louis


Kathryn Ruth Hudson

Kevin M. Larrabee

Annalisa Colleen Personeni

Leo Ricardo Sarrade


Amy Reneé Stillman

Pacific Grove

Daniel Joseph Fink

Pine Grove

Justin Donnelly Colman


Jessica Lynn Fernandez

Luke Francis Slupesky

Michael Matthew Stiehr


Chase Stanley Redkey


Jacob Samuel Kessler

San Andreas

Darren Dean Bullard

Raymond Bradlee Cuneo

Cathrina Samantha Francis Jurek

Matthew Walter Wickham

San Jose

Tina Flores

Santa Cruz

Ryan Trey Torchio

Sheep Ranch

Jacob Aaron Buckingham


Michael James Allison

Rory Douglas Anderson

Gunner Charles Belemecich *

Mark E. Biehl

Karin Marie Boklund

Brandon Charles Brockmire

Kerry Anne Brown

Jessica Kathleen Carr *

Magali Martha Caudill

Marcus Aaron Cendro *

Emily Diane Chambers

Cassy Ann Cook

Amy C. Cooper *

Kyle Patrick Cox

Breann E. Craig

Alisha Marie Cruz

David J. Dahlberg

McKenzie Baker Dambacher

Gavin Lee Dillener

Jess J. Donnerberg **

Brenda Nicole Dorsett *

Ryan R. Downey

William J. Eaton

Mark Allen Fischer

Kristen Leigh-Anne Gardner

Jordan Thomas Geary

Melissa Joy Grace *

Terry L. Hawkins

Jennifer Emma Hendy

Jennifer Elaine Jones

Joanna Rae Kinyon

Noemy Kreidl

David C. Lamb

Sandra L. Lascari

Rebecca Jeanine Lazar

Sean Alexander Leingang *

Lora Lynn Lowry

Jesse A. Lozoya

Caitlin Alexandra Macbeth

Zachary William Macbeth

Steven Andrew Magney

Melissa Maureen Mainguth

David R. McCraney

Cynthia M. Million

Pamela Jean Morefield

Anna Celeste Morehead

Raul H. Murillo

Kayla Renee Njirich

Lindsay Diann Parkan

James Andrew Pedro

Amanda Jean Perez

Markki Lou Pesce

Jessica R. Potts

Viena W. Poulsen

Johnny Michael Proctor *

Sarah Jean Pugh

Holly Katrina Ravetz

James A. Roberson

Jasper Jerome Sauve

Dustin Matthew Scholl

Tyler Boulton Schuster

Jessica Lauren Shapiro

Judith L. Smith *

Katie Lynne Smith *

Taryn Shelby Smith

Amanda M. Stevens

Megan Marie Wearin

Jenna Marie Wilson

Elizabeth Ashley Young

Nicholas Adam Zavoda


Elizabeth Marie Barnhart

Daniel Christopher Forbes

Teresa Medeiros


Brandon Jay Donnelly *


Mostafa Mohammad Asefi


Carlos Burciaga

Salvador Diaz

Ashlee Elizabeth Dickinson *

Shannon Louise Fernandez

William "Quint" Emil Gerber

Ashley Leann Johnson

Ashley Brianne Kimball

Jennifer-Renee Salazar

Lorraine Summers-Walter

Colin M. Taylor **

Twain Harte

Benjamin Joseph Adriano

Hannah Ruth Cahill

Benjamin Wendell Guy

Jared Michael Lazar

Jeff J. Neckel

Pamela J. Tobeck

Morgan Haley Young


Rosanna Nicole Barnette

Melissa Amelia Chesnut

Josh Dunn *

Valley Springs

Jami L. Eppler

Alexis M. Ford

Michael Anthony Massaglia

Evan Patrick Wilson


James A. Forgette *

Kaitlyn Maryann O'Meara

Las Vegas, NV

Julia Anne Ingalls

** with distinction * with honors

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