Nearly 2,000 celebrate their graduation from Bakersfield College


Bakersfield College’s largest graduating class ever walked across the stage Friday night.

The college’s 104th Commencement ceremony was held at Memorial Stadium.

BC President Sonya Christian says nearly 2,000 students graduated.

It was also the first graduation for the industrial automation baccalaureate program and the dual enrollment program.

Before the commencement ceremony, the first graduates of the industrial automation program celebrated at its own pre-party at Renegade Park.

Seven students are part of the inaugural graduating class.

They earned a bachelor of science degree at the college after transferring to the college two years ago.

“Out of the seven, most of them already have jobs. they’re field automation specialists. They’re field engineers. Some of them are moving right into operational managers so we’re very proud of our industrial partnerships,” lead faculty of the Industrial Automation program Manuel Fernandez said.

In 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pilot bill allowing up to 15 community colleges to launch bachelor’s degree programs. Bakersfield College was among those selected.

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