Cal Poly President to Address Mt. SAC Grads June 17

photo of cal poly president Soraya Coley
By Mike Taylor

June 07, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley will be the featured speaker at Mt. San Antonio College’s 72nd commencement on Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m., to be held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario.

Coley will deliver the commencement address, which is expected to be an inspirational speech appealing to the Class of 2018. Coley is Cal Poly’s first female president. She became president of the university in January 2015 and came to Cal Poly after serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Cal State Bakersfield. In addition to more than 20 years of experience in higher education, she has worked with the Child Welfare League of America and as national director for the Child Abuse Prevention Project at the National Urban League. In 2000, she was recognized as “One of Ten Women Making a Difference” by Orange County Metro Magazine.

At commencement, Mt. SAC will recognize former student Elizabeth Yang with the college’s Alumna of the Year Award. She is the founder of the Law and Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang with offices in Los Angeles, Monterey Park, and Irvine. Yang was only 15 years old when she started taking classes at Mt. SAC. In 2016 and 2017, Yang was honored with “Top 100 Civil Lawyers” and “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” awards from the National Trial Lawyers Association. In 2017, she was also awarded the “Lawyers of Distinction” award, representing the top 10 percent of lawyers in the U.S.

During the ceremony, Mt. SAC will also recognize outstanding members of the Class of 2018 and award associate degrees to hundreds of graduates who actively participate in the ceremony.  In all, 3,432 degree petitions were filed—the largest number ever at Mt. SAC. The youngest graduate is 17; the oldest is 73. Additionally, 11 candidates will receive bachelor of science in aviation management degrees in conjunction with Southern Illinois University, 17 candidates will receive bachelor of science in nursing degrees in conjunction with Mount Saint Mary’s University, and six candidates will receive bachelor degrees in business in conjunction with the University of La Verne.

For more information about Commencement, visit the Commencement website