Graduation Ceremony Planned to Recognize Noncredit Students

Event will be held Friday, May 16.

NoncreditGraduation2013MAY 13, 2014 -- While their paths to Allan Hancock College were all unique, some starting in Iran, Columbia and Nigeria, dozens of students will unite in caps and gowns on May 16 to be honored for furthering their education.  The noncredit matriculation program will host a graduation ceremony for 35 noncredit students who have earned their General Educational Development (GED) or certificates in English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship or computer applications during the 2013-14 school year.

“Being part of an actual graduation ceremony makes you feel very proud that you accomplished something special,” said Mohammed Sanjabi, who earned a certificate in computer applications.  Born in Iran, Sanjabi said the noncredit matriculation and counseling staff have become like a second family over the past three years.  “When I first came to the college, I felt alone.  With the staff’s help, I now feel like I am at home.”

The event is Friday, May 16, at 6 p.m. in G-106 inside the Student Center on the Santa Maria campus.  More than 100 friends and family members will also be in attendance.

“The event is about celebrating their triumphs,” said counselor Dana Valverde, who along with counselor José Millán organized the ceremony.  “The students have never been recognized before in a meaningful manner like this.  Once they see themselves as successful, the sky is the limit for them.”

Sanjabi agreed with Valverde.  He continued his education at Hancock after he was recognized in a ceremony for earning his ESL certificate.  “Wearing the cap and gown two years ago changed me.  It made me more confident and pushed me to find more ways to educate myself.”

Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) donated $500 to provide food at the ceremony and flowers that will be given to each graduate.  “During the ceremony, each graduate presents a flower to a person of his or her choosing,” said Valverde.  “The tears are flowing during those moments because for many, the journey to reach that point involved so much time, energy and support.”

The ceremony will also include a brief fashion show where students enrolled in non-credit clothing construction and clothing alterations classes will model their designs. 

The noncredit matriculation and counseling program serves students in six noncredit areas: Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), Disabled/Adults with Disabilities, Citizenship/Immigration, Parenting and Short-Term Vocational.  The program offers orientation, assessment, counseling, training and follow up to students.

For more information call 1-805-922-6966, ext. 3740 or email

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Caption:  More than 100 people are expected to attend Allan Hancock College’s noncredit student graduation event on Friday, May 16, similar to those in the 2012 ceremony pictured above. Noncredit students will be recognized for receiving their GED or certificates in English as a Second Language, citizenship or computer education during the 2013-14 school year.

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Last Modified Jun 8, 2018