Cypress College's 50th Commencement on Friday!
Cypress College's 50th Commencement on Friday!
May 22, 2017

Cypress College 50th Commencement

Celebrating students completing their studies at Cypress College
"Commencement is a joyous time for our graduates because it marks the completion of a significant endeavor and leads to the next phase of their lives. Likewise, it is a celebratory time for the institution as well because we are so proud of the Class of 2017." - Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson
When: Friday, May 26 at 6 p.m.
Where: Cypress College Main Gateway

Claudia Villasenor, Outstanding Graduate
Like many first-generation college students, Claudia Villasenor began her time at Cypress College uncertain about what she wanted to do. Two associate degrees later, the honors student describes Cypress College as “a place that allowed me to find myself and discover the career that I was destined to do.”
Villasenor moved to the United States at age 11, an experience that has shaped her desire to go into education as a profession. She transferred to California State University, Fullerton where she is working on a bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development and a Multiple Subject Credential with a bilingual authorization. She plans to teach elementary school.
Villasenor earned an associate degree in liberal social arts in social and behavioral science from Cypress College last spring and is completing an associate degree in art this spring.
Swen Nater, Outstanding Alumnus Awardee
Swen Nater did not play basketball in high school, nor did he ever start a game in college; however, he was selected in the first round of the NBA draft, and went on to play 12 years professionally. He not only started, but led the ABA and NBA in rebounding, became an All-Star, and set several records he still holds to this day.
Nater got his start in basketball at Cypress College when assistant basketball coach, Tom Lubin, noticed his height — 6'9" — and asked if he planned to play. Nater said, "No," but agreed to work with Coach Lubin. At Cypress, he became a Community College All-American his sophomore year and helped lead the team to a state title. After a game played against the UCLA freshman team at Pauley Pavilion, Coach John Wooden recruited Nater to attend UCLA to play as Bill Walton's back-up.
Nater resides in Issaquah, Washington with his wife, Wendy. He's a buyer for Costco and a motivational speaker.

Jeanette Vazquez, Commencement Speaker
A passionate educator and proud graduate of Cypress College, Vazquez was raised in Fullerton and learned the value of hard work, resilience, determination, and integrity from her parents.
She attended Cypress College as a first-generation college student and was the College's Associated Students president. She graduated in 2009 with an associate degree in liberal arts, then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and minor in public policy. She later earned her teaching credential and master's degree in education from Loyola Marymount University.
Vazquez is now an elementary school teacher in North Orange County and was elected to the Fullerton School Board in November 2016.


Recognizing Distinguished Students

Student success comes in many different forms, and Cypress College is proud to recognize and celebrate the variety of paths our students take to achieve their dreams. Whether it’s transferring to a four-year institution, or receiving an associate degree or certificate and heading into the workforce, we are pleased to feature distinguished #CYProud students for 2017.
Meet #CYProud Students
Our first 2017 #CYProud feature is...PHUOC VO, Cypress + Culinary
Vo is a culinary arts major joining the Marriott Voyage Global Leadership Development Program following his graduation from Cypress College. He was the top choice in the nation for the program, which prepares participants for hospitality and culinary management positions, and will start working at the JW Marriott Desert Hot Spring this summer.

Thank You & Congratulations

Dr. Simpson!

Faculty and staff, community members, and friends of the College came out to thank and congratulate retiring Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson at his on-campus retirement party last Tuesday, March 16.
Pat Ganer emceed the event to much laughter and applause, and a number of faculty and staff shared "Advice From A Charger," remembering advice Dr. Simpson has given to them. Dr. Simpson even performed "Friends" by Elton John, backed by the Mighty Cypress Art Players.
It was a time of celebration and fun, and a wonderfully touching way to let Dr. Simpson know just how much he has done for the campus community, and how much he will be remembered.

Congratulations Softball State Champs! 

Perfect 48-0
The Cypress College Softball team capped off a perfect 48-0 season by becoming the first-ever undefeated Softball State Champions in CCCAA history. Sophomore Emma Walker scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in wild fashion when she scored from second base on a Val Romano groundout in Cypress' 1-0 win over Mt. San Antonio College on Sunday.
To read more about the game and learn more about this amazing team, visit the Cypress College Athletics site.

Congratulations Diving State Champ!

Cypress College freshman diver Alejandra Gomez, the Orange Empire Conference Champion and Southern California Regional Champion, won the state championship on the 3M board and finished runner-up on the 1M. She was previously recognized as the College's Charger of the Week, and has set a number of diving records.
Cypress diving coach Shane Butler was also awarded Women's Dive Coach of the Year.

Congratulations Men's Golf Team!

Cypress College men's golf sophomore Dylan Hall brought home the individual State Title for the Chargers at the CCCAA State Championship Tournament at Cypress Ridge Golf Course. The team also completed its best season in program history with a state runner-up finish at the tournament.

50th Anniversary in Pictures

We're in the final stretch of the semester with just four days until Spring Commencement! This is what the campus looked like way back when — quite a change from the campus we all know and love today. Good luck, Chargers!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter for more.

This Week

Monday, May 15-Friday, May 19
  • 27th Annual Juried Student Photo Exhibition in the Edouard de Merlier Photo Gallery 
Monday, May 22
  • Choreographer's Showcase in the Campus Theater, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23
  • Student Research Poster Presentation Session in HUM 217, 10-11:45 a.m.
  • Finals Fuel outside of the Student Activities Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24
  • Musical Theater Revue in the Studio Theater, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 25
  • Acting Recital in the Studio Theater, 7:30 p.m.
    For more events this week, visit the calendar.
    Employment Opportunities at Cypress College and in the District
    We are always seeking highly qualified people to join us. If you have a passion for excellence and a commitment to preparing students for the highly competitive, global workplace, we invite you to apply for a position with the District. View current openings.

    Know of news?
    Send us a quick email!

    Office of Campus Communications Cypress College Dr. Bob Simpson, President