Beating a record set a year ago, the two community colleges awarded a combined 4,833 degrees and certificates to the class of 2017 — a 13 percent increase over 2016 — district officials reported.
With many students receiving multiple credentials, 1,581 graduates earned 3,744 degrees and certificates June 7 at Grossmont College.
At Cuyamaca College, which held its commencement the following day, about 650 students were awarded 1,089 degrees and certificates.
“The impact on lives that Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have is never more apparent than on commencement day,” a statement from the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District read.
Governing Board President Bill Garrett had a message for graduates: “Go forward with integrity and make this country and this world a better place.”
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