2022 Commencement Hosts Over 500 Graduates

Commencement 2022
Rebecca A. Eckland

While TMCC's Dandini Campus has had a quiet week following final exams, on Friday, May 20, the Student Center hosted over 500 graduates and their families in a hybrid, walk-through ceremony. Graduating students were invited to cross the commencement stage, while their family and friends had "front row" photo opportunities in front of the stage. Lines of students with their families stretched beyond the Student Center and, at times, past the Sierra Building, each waiting their turn to cross the stage, completing one step on their academic and professional journeys.

Graduates honored in this ceremony included students who earned a certificate or degree in Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022. The numbers are impressive; students honored include: 

  • 1,397 associate degrees
  • 222 certificates of achievement
  • 30 bachelor's degrees
  • 17 degrees earned by dual-enrolled students from ACE High School
  • 51 degrees earned by dual-enrolled students from TMCC High School

Additionally, the class of 2022 was a diverse group, which included the following attributes:

  • 15 International students from: Japan, China, Mexico, Peru, India, Romania, South Korea, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago
  • 172 Nevada Promise Scholars
  • 20 Student-Athletes
  • 95 Veteran students
  • Our oldest graduate is 69 years old, and received an associate of applied science degree in HVACR
  • Our youngest candidates (there were two) are 16 years old and both received an associate of science degree

The ceremony began at 10 a.m. with students from the Life Sciences, Allied Health and Public Safety Division, followed by students in the Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Liberal Arts, Business and Social Sciences and Technical Sciences Divisions. 

Images from the 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Additional images from the day-long hybrid ceremony will be available online. 

The President's Medal

This was also the first time in over a decade that the President's Medal was given to an outstanding community member.  The President's Medal is the College's highest honor that recognizes the recipient’s contributions toward the enhancement and achievement of TMCC’s mission of providing educational and public services to its students and to the community.

This year’s recipient is Chairman Arlan D. Melendez, who has served as the Chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, a federally recognized Tribal Government representing Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe people for over 30 years. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Chairman Melendez is also a graduate of Truckee Meadows Community College.

For more information about the recent Commencement ceremony, or more information on additional images from the event, contact the Marketing and Communications department at 775-673-7087.