San Bernardino Valley College Celebrates Three Graduating Classes At Commencement 2022
On May 25, 2022, San Bernardino Valley College held a graduation celebration like none other in its 95-year history.
Over 4,500 students from the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 were honored during SBVC’s first in-person graduation ceremony in three years. The event was held on Henley Field in the SBVC Stadium, with thousands of proud relatives, friends, and faculty and staff members in attendance. The event’s live stream drew over 5,000 viewers and was the college’s first in-person Commencement ceremony since 2019.
Speaking to the graduates, SBVC’s Interim President Dr. Scott W. Thayer said, “Many of you are ready to enter the most competitive career fields in the nation, where you will directly impact the quality of your life and for your family. Your knowledge comes with power, your education gives you power, and each of you has the power to impact your community and the world beyond.”
Thayer also recognized 22 veteran students, thanking them for their service, and 16 high school seniors who graduated from Middle College High School with their associate’s degrees from SBVC.
In addition to Thayer, SBCCD Chancellor Diana Z. Rodriguez, SBVC Foundation President Dr. Dennis Byas, SBCCD Board Chair Gloria Macias Harrison, and other dignitaries addressed the crowd.
“Our community and our world will be a better place because of people like you,” Macias Harrison told the graduates. “You are smart, hard-working, and you’re driven to make tomorrow a better place than today.”
The Class of 2020 was comprised of 1,515 students who received 2,045 degrees and certificates; the Class of 2021 had 1,396 students who received 2,566 degrees and certificates, and the Class of 2022 had 1,626 students who received 2,875 degrees and certificates. These graduates — some of them the first in their families to go to college — will join the ranks of over 800,000 estimated SBVC alumni over the college’s 95-year history.