As elected trustees, we spend much of our time focused on sound policy-making and ensuring that fiscally responsible practices continue at our three colleges. During this time of statewide fiscal uncertainty, this has been a daunting challenge. But despite these challenges, our colleges have continued to provide educational opportunities to the members of our community, and at this time of year, we are fortunate to be a part of the fruits of those labors — graduation.
For our students, graduation marks the end of their studies at Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast College. It also marks the beginning of their university studies or the start of their career. For us, it is a time to reflect upon our contributions to their accomplishments. This year, I was proud to be a part of three traditional graduation ceremonies and ceremonies that recognized the completion of career programs such as nursing and programs at the Criminal Justice Training Center. All of these ceremonies happened here, in our community at our community colleges.