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TMCC to Award 1,440 Degrees and Certificates

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
Picture of TMCC Commencement 2015

Photo from TMCC 2015 Commencement. This year's ceremony takes place on Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m., in the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.

Truckee Meadows Community College will award 1,440 degrees and certificates to 1,326 students graduating during the 2015-2016 academic year. The Commencement ceremony takes place on Friday, May 20 and will begin at 10 a.m. at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, in the Tuscany Ballroom. Degrees and certificates represent 85 different academic programs.

  • Associate of Arts: 504
  • Associate of Applied Science: 247
  • Associate of General Studies: 106
  • Associate of Science: 443
  • Certificate of Achievement: 140

This year’s graduating class more than doubles the number of degrees and certificates awarded ten years ago, when the Class of 2006 earned a total of 650 degrees and certificates. This year also represents the largest number of degrees conferred at Commencement.

More than 400 graduates will be participating in the Commencement ceremony on May 20.

  • Distinction degrees (Grade Point Average of 3.75 or above): 222 degrees earned by 203 graduates
  • Graduating with a Grade Point Average of 4.0: 16 students

Ten students will earn their Associate of Science, Community Health Science.

“These graduates represent the first students to graduate with this degree and will be pioneers into the expanding allied and community health care fields in Northern Nevada,” said Lance Bowen, Dean of Sciences. “These students are well situated to apply for any number of professional training programs in allied health, baccalaureate programs or enter directly into the workforce. We anticipate this degree to be one of the fastest growing programs at the institution and that is by design in collaboration with the University of Nevada, local industry and local area health care providers.”

Other facts about TMCC’s Class of 2016 include the following:

  • 97 veterans will receive 103 degrees or certificates
  • The youngest graduate is 17 and has earned an Associate of Science
  • The oldest graduate is 68 years old, and is receiving an Associate of Applied Science, Paralegal, degree with distinction
  • 102 graduates are also receiving diplomas from TMCC High School
  • 20 international students from nine countries will graduate with 24 degrees

Four members of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents will attend the ceremony. NSHE Regent Kevin Melcher will be one of the featured speakers.

Faculty and Alumni will also receive honors at Commencement:

  • Felipe Gutierrez has been named Regents’ Scholar for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Stephanie Prevost (Fall 2015) and Spencer Schultz (Spring 2016) will be awarded the inaugural President's Award for Exemplary Student Service.
  • Natalie Brown, PhD will be honored as Nevada Regents’ Academic Advisor of the Year, an award which recognizes three higher education advisement professionals in the state.
  • Kathleen Kolbet, Professor of Chemistry, will receive the Reno Gazette-Journal TMCC Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Elena Bubnova, Executive Director of Institutional Research, Analysis and Effectiveness, will accept the Model Dairy TMCC Faculty Excellence in Service Award.
  • Deborah Osborn, the TMCC Alumna of the Year will be recognized for her commitment and service to TMCC and the Reno-Sparks community.

For additional information about TMCC’s Commencement ceremony, please phone the Marketing and Communications Office at 775-673-7087.