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TechEDge eNews Update
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2012 Written by Sandoval Chagoya Monday, 04 June 2012
SBCC celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 and made a 21st century debut by holding its first online commencement for students in its fully-online programs on Thursday, May 17th, 2012, the day before its on-campus commencement.
SBCC has seven fully-online programs and many additional programs that can be completed fifty percent or more online. The May 17th online commencement, a pilot for future ceremonies, focused on the Health Information Technologies and Cancer Information Systems programs.
Dr. Douglas Hersh, Dean of Distance Education at SBCC said, “The event included everything that an on-campus commencement would: introductions by the President, Vice President of Educational Programs and Health and Human Services Dean, a student commencement speaker and attendance by more than 100 faculty members, students and members of their families.”
The ceremony took place through CCC Confer with the assistance of Michelle Taramasco, Donna Gustafson and Elane Torrisi, under the direction of Blaine Morrow. As each graduating student’s name was read by either Acting President/Superintendent Jack Friedlander or Acting Executive Vice President of Educational Programs Marilynn Spaventa, a PowerPoint slide appeared, displaying a picture of the student, his/her name, degree and future plans.
The event was a great success, garnering praise from students, faculty, and staff alike. A closed captioned archive can be found at CCC Confer for 5/17/2012 titled “Health Information Technology and Cancer Information Management Online Commencement.” You are invited to review the event by searching for the title in the CCC Confer Archive.
CCC Confer is provided as a free service to the administrators, staff and faculty of the California Community Colleges system. CCC Confer is funded by an e-conferencing grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.<>
Sandoval Chagoya is the TechEDge Managing Editor and a Project Manager for the
California Community Colleges Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.