Class of 2021 Commencement Program
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Cañada College will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony will be separate from the class of 2021.
Due to the emergence of COVID-19 last year, Cañada College did not hold a commencement ceremony but promised our 2019–2020 graduates one at a future date. Cañada College is proud to follow through on that promise and honoring your achievements at a Virtual Commencement Ceremony.
You will be receiving further communication about how you can participate and attend your virtual commencement ceremony in the coming weeks, so please continue to check your email.
Cañada College will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 7 p.m.
If you have applied for your degree or certificate, you will be receiving further communication about how you can participate and attend your virtual commencement ceremony in the coming weeks, so please continue to check your email.
The pandemic has been a monumental challenge, but Cañada College students persevered and achieved their academic goals. While a virtual commencement may not be what we all originally envisioned, we are excited to celebrate our graduates’ successes!
Nigel Hawkins is an East Palo Alto, Calif. native and started at Cañada College in 2019. He will be earning his Sociology, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies Degrees this semester and will transfer to a four-year university in the Fall. His goals are to earn his Bachelor’s in Sociology and go onto graduate school for his Master’s Degree.
During his time at Cañada College, Nigel Hawkins has been involved in a number of organizations, programs, and learning communities. As the President of Cañada’s Black Student Union (BSU), he presented their list of demands to the Board of Trustees and the District, which was then approved. Nigel also organized a BSU Black Student Excellence: Past & Present which featured a student panel of current and former Black Cañadians that shared their experiences.
Nigel has a passion for social justice, equity and creating culturally diverse communities for all people regardless of their backgrounds or identities. He recently spoke on bringing light to social issues on campus in regards to racism. He has kept his dreams and ideas at the forefront in hopes to not only ensure that there is a safe community base at Cañada for Black people and people of color; but to raise awareness that Black history is an important subject and should be an integral part of our curriculum. For without Black history, there is no history.
In addition, Nigel is a Phi Theta Kappa member, in the Transfer Honors Program and has been on the Dean's List five times. In Spring 2021, he was selected to present his paper “They’d Rather Us Dead,” an analysis of the works of James Baldwin and the impact of the 1950’s Heroin Epidemic, at the Berkeley Honors Symposium. That same semester it was published as an article in ThinkU.
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