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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/05/2020 10:50 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/05/2020 10:50 AM
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Columbia College Presents It's 2020 Graduating Class

Columbia, CA...Graduation is one of the most important milestone in the academic journey of students. The entire campus community looks forward to the commencement ceremony with family and friends of the graduating class. Because of the extraordinary circumstances due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Columbia College cancelled its 51st Commencement Ceremony following the guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health. Each and every student graduating this year will have the opportunity to return to the campus and walk formally with the class of 2021 next Spring. Although this graduating class will not get to walk in the traditional graduation ceremony, the college’s Graduation Committee has created packages for each graduating student to include a congratulatory letter from the college president - Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay, a graduation cap, tassel, cords and/or sashes for special program involvement, leadership, and/or high GPAs.

Since the state declared the stay at home orders, Columbia College transformed its entire operation to the remote learning mode. The class of 2020 showed exemplary resilience to overcome the unexpected challenges and completed their degrees and/or certificates. Their sheer determination and ability to adjust to a fast evolving environment is a testament to the fact that they are well prepared to accept any obstacle that might come their way in the years to come. “We at Columbia College are honored and humbled to be a part of your academic journey. I wish I had the opportunity to shake your hands and congratulate you personally on your significant accomplishment. I would love to see you back at the graduation ceremony next year”, said Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay, President of Columbia College, to the graduating class. This year, Columbia College’s Graphics Media Coordinator, Molly Hart created a special frame that the Class of 2020 can upload to their Facebook page; students can take a picture of themselves in their cap, tassel, and cords and post it on Facebook for family and friends to see.

Among the graduating class, 81 Associate of Arts Degrees will be conferred, 92 Associate of Arts Transfer Degrees, 165 Associate of Science Degrees, and 39 Associate of Science Transfer Degrees. 67 students will graduate with distinction (cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 or better) and 51 with honors (between 3.5 and 3.74 grade point averages).

Those who will receive more than one degree are Lisa Canales, Tabatha Hooter, Kayla Klidies, Tabitha Kluth, Colton Myers, Devin Odom, Michael Reis, Carley Ross, Lena Schulke, Curtis Torcia, Joseph Tullus, Rebecca Valdes, Jonah Vassar, Christopher Wells, and Emma Williams.

Amanda Gravelle

Alamo, CA
Joseph Gantz

Akasha Clearwater*
Brian Teets

Angels Camp
Mariana Baron
Halee Davis**
Hailey Ellard
Sydney Johnson
Claudia Loomis
Stacy Simpson
Mackenzie Steele**
Bailey Van Zant**

Justice Ballard-Brown
Thomas Bradshaw

Isley Castro

Bay City, Michigan
Christina Yarch

Brewster, Massachusetts
Karley Rojas-Vienneau

Camp Connell
Devon Bitner

Cold Springs
Liberty Rimmer

Aaron David**
Franziska Daumberger
Lynsey Gookin**
Amy McQueary

Shileen Andico**
Aleena Bjorson
Daniel Burdick
Grace Garcia
Heather Mangano

Kati Baca**
Cassandra Marler

Julian Torres

Michael Reis

Jacob Alvarado

Fair Play
Bonnie Porter-Kotzebue

Curtis Torcia
Cameran Pascual

Laura Hafer**
Luis Alecio

Madeline Odom

Adriana Carrera*
Sonja Gion**
Rebecca Kohl*
Crystal Pombo**
Kendra Pope
Russell Phillips
Kimberly Rown

Knights Ferry
Natasia Sweet

La Grange
Brady Cole
Kirstin Leventhal**

Lake Don Pedro
Gracie Henderson*

Las Vegas
Ashley Del Ponte**

Holly Julson
Melvin Wignall*

Los Banos
Max Pugh

April Howard*

Rebecca Valdes

Kimberly Jaekle
Jessica Segale*
Alyssa Tomerlin

Alexa Lininger
Austin Salazar
Ethan Smith
Amora Stevenot

Mountain Ranch
Carina Swann**

Alison Epperly
Emma Hampton*
Cristina Shockey*
Elena Smith**
Adrian Tennant
Julia Weist
Tyler Wieland
Claire Wiley
Ethan Yeadon*

Ryan Roberts

Norwich, CT
Jennifer Edwards*

Daniel Eggert

Laci Blount
Lisa Canales**
Brooke Cardoza*
Matthew Collier
Zackary Coviello-Miller
Mercades DeGroot
Kaitlyn Diskson**
Steven Gazdik**
Kaitlyn Hopkins*
Melissa Koppinger
Katie Liukkonen*
Ella Nielsen
Devin Odom
Danikajo Parker
Carley Ross
Theodore Rossier
Lena Shulke**
Zachary Sears
Lane Trapp
Christina Vermeulen

Carly Baldwin*

Cameron Nielsen

Paso Robles
Colby Mathe**

Barrett Bulich
Mackenzie Pinkney

Railroad Flat
Stephanie Riley

Ian Kenealy

Angela Marley

Rebecca Smith

Abigail Trotter

San Andreas
Kate Kathan
Paul Moitu**
Shana Molotch

San Diego
John Navrides

San Francisco
Karen Moore

San Jose
Sara Fisher**
Christopher Wells

Stacia Auld
Sharon Albertson
Crystal Anderson
Taylor Anderson*
Billie Balcom**
Elizabeth Beath**
Troy Beebe
Erik Betzenderfer*
Oliver Bishop
Kristen Bowly*
Christopher Burr
Michael De Vries**
Kristen Dimas
Bailee Dutra**
Tyler Everhart
Phoenix Farris**
Gabriel Fernandez
Selina Flores*
Bethany Fowler*
Monica Fox**
Macey Fredrickson*
Starla Gallagher
Neil Gamez
Christopher Goebel
Heather Graham
Julia Grimes**
Wendy Gull
Aaron Hankins*
Katherine Harford*
Aneke Harris*
Bella Hatler
Natalie Hawks**
Cassandra Herrera
Skylar Holt
Tabatha Hooter
Brendan Hurley**
Madison Hutchison
Chloe Johnson**
Sydney Johnson
Kayla Klidies
Jennifer Koehler
Daniel Lamendola*
Rian Land
Nathan Logan
Evan Lopez
Jessica Lucas**
Brittany Mantzouranis
Kathy Marquez
Theresa Martin*
Krysta May*
Anna McCarthy
Jessi McClenahan**
Jami McClennahan**
Amber McGinnes
Conor McNamara
Jenna Montgomery*
Heather Montgomery
Amanda Moore-Bruce
Jacob Moskowitz
Samantha Neese*
Rosita Nelson**
Adam Norstrom**
Rachel Nugent
Savanna Oellrich**
Elza Parish
Emma Parola
Samuel Pearce*
Jennifer Penrose
Mackenzie Pinkney
Havilah Plaster**
Zane Porter**
Katra Pritchard
Megan Rawlinson
Michael Reed
Damien Reyes
Grace Rhinehart
Kayla Rolfe
Vainqueur Rutikanga*
Eunice Sanchez Terrazas
Keandre Santiago
Andrew Shepherd
Breanna Shoemaker
Kaden Sparks-Davis
Morgan St. Pierre**
Sonya Steele**
Gabriella Taylor
Justin Taylor
Sydney Taylor
Kaarina Thompson*
Dionicio Vargas
Jonah Vassar
Morgan Vaugn**
Audrey Weeks
Jada Williams**
Jacob Wozynski*
Wyatt Wunder**
Adrianna Zuniga

Charlie Bendix**
Natalie Phillips*
Josiah Sponsler

Yonnie Jackson
Madison Milligan
Landis Spivey
Alayna Williams
Emma Williams
Lydia Johnson

Kylie Mantor**
Savannah Overton**

Hunter Anderson
William Antinetti**
Courtney Bixler
Nicholas Burns
Glenn Cargain**
Justin Eisler**
Cassidy Foster
Grace Fulkerson
Wyatt Grognet
Melissa Hart*
Tanner Krieg
Danika Lillie
Nikolas Lillie
Joelle Ortmann*
Shiloh Quincy
Adam Sonnberger
David Taylor**
Kylie Wagstaff Carr
Justin Wycoff

Tyler Martinez*
Clayton Shields

Twain Harte
Sheila Blackburn*
Calista fields Richardson**
Jadon Funk
Anastasia Hosek*
Tabitha Kluth
Jaden McCaffrey
Matthew Roberts
Jared Turner**
Gavin Walker
Connor Wikholm

Jared Burton*
Luke Dunn
Ross Rushdoony

Valley Springs
Joline Blankenship
Lauryn Boitano
Daniel Hill
Ahtziry Macias
Colton Myers
Landon Sudholt

Christa Nikiforuk

Haley Griffith*

No Hometown Listed
Sean Duncan**
Marcus Word*
Martha Fisher
James Gardner
Devyn Gonzales
Patricia Jacobs Chalk
William Johnson Davis
Magaly Marin
Jonathan Medina
Monika Riedel
Kayla Rolfe
Timothy Rugo
Cheyenne Schiller
Heather Shaddox
Maurice Woods
Marcus Woods*

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Re: Kudos
Posted on: 2020-05-05 11:08:49   By: Anonymous
Wow! Congratulations! Steven R Smith

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    Posted on: 2020-05-05 21:56:13   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2020-05-05 13:42:53   By: Anonymous
Congrats on hopefully saving two years worth of tuition at a 4 year!

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    Posted on: 2020-05-05 14:10:27   By: Anonymous
    There's a mixed bag of certifications and degrees in the above list. Some are for those who finished advanced fire training and had previous degrees or certifications. Congratulations, all!

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Posted on: 2020-05-05 15:27:16   By: Anonymous
I graduated from Columbia in 2011. Associate degrees are absolutely useless; it didn't help me at all job wise. AS in forestry and couldn’t even get hired to work at Lowe’s garden center. I hope these newly graduated students don’t expect much from their accomplishment.

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    Posted on: 2020-05-05 16:58:03   By: Anonymous
    Community colleges can be great stepping stones to further training and 4-year and advanced degrees. But I would concur, further schooling is required for professional positions.

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Posted on: 2020-05-05 21:35:38   By: Anonymous
What do the single and double asterisks mean?

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    Re: asterisks
    Posted on: 2020-05-05 21:57:03   By: Anonymous
    IL'd bang either one of those chicks in the picture.

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Posted on: 2020-05-06 00:20:13   By: Anonymous
Someone needs to go back to college to learn the contraction “it’s” in the headline means “it is”

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