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Friday, May 10 2013 10:00 PM

Bakersfield College celebrates graduation

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Keeping it all in the family, Elizabeth Salinas, left, gets help with her tassel from mom, Heminee Salinas before the Bakersfield College graduation ceremonies in May 2013. Elizabeth is a liberal studies major while mom is a business major.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    This young lady arrived just in time to slip on her gown and join the other 2013 Bakersfield College graduates as they walked to Memorial Stadium for commencement ceremonies.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    As they wait to march into Memorial Stadium, Bakersfield College graduates are silhouetted against setting sun.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Foreign language major Lenae Russ, (center of crowd), lets out a yell and a salute ay the start of the 2013 Bakersfield College Commencement ceremonies.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    The 2013 graduating class of Bakersfield College is also the 99th commencement of the school. According to officials, of the 836 graduates, more than half are the first in their family to attend and graduate college.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Jason Phillips had the responsibility of carrying the sign for the art majors at the 99th Bakersfield College Commencement ceremonies.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Biology major Jennifer Springs is lit by the setting sun as she and other Bakersfield College graduates prepared for Commencement ceremonies.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Down the stairs and to the Memorial Stadium field go the 2013 graduating class of Bakersfield College.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    The 2013 graduating class of Bakersfield College is also the 99th commencement of the school.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    The families and friends of the 2013 Bakersfield College graduates brought signs, cheered and took pictures of their graduating loved ones.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Bakersfield College president Dr. Sonya Christian welcomed the graduates, their families and friends to the ceremonies.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Communication major Cristina Johannesen adjusts her graduation cap prior to the commencement ceremonies at Bakersfield College.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Using her iPhone as a mirror, Danielle Guevara makes one last check of her cap before moving on to the Bakersfield College Commencement ceremonies.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield College held its commencement exercises Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Nearly 900 students' accomplishments were recognized. It was the 99th graduation ceremony for the college.

The college offered some facts about this year's class:

• More than half of the graduates are the first in their family to attend and graduate from college.

• Women outnumber men 572 to 264.

• A total of 550 of the 836 associate degree recipients plan to transfer to four-year schools in the fall.

• The youngest graduate is Danielle Jacobo, age 16.

• The oldest graduate is Betty Barnes, who was born in 1940.

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