SMCCCD Colleges Award Over 4,300 Degrees and Certificates at Commencement

At three commencement ceremonies held on Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, over a thousand students took to the stages at Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College to celebrate their academic achievements. Districtwide, this year’s graduating class earned over 4,300 degrees and certificates which underscores the dedication and hard work of the District’s students, faculty, and staff. 

2023-24 Highlights 

  • 8 Bachelor’s Degrees: Among the notable achievements is awarding eight bachelor’s degrees, specifically for the Respiratory Care program at Skyline College.  
  • 1,508 Associate Degrees: A total of 1,508 associate degrees have been conferred, reflecting the commitment of students to pursue higher education and acquire essential skills for their future endeavors. 
  • 2,797 Certificates: Additionally, 2,797 certificates have been awarded, signifying proficiency and expertise in various fields of study. 
  • Age Diversity: The graduating class showcases an impressive age range, from the youngest graduate at 15 to the oldest at 78, demonstrating that education knows no bounds. 
  • Global Representation: 118 international students from 28 countries earned degrees and certificates, contributing to a diverse and vibrant learning environment. 
  • Out-of-State Students: 102 out-of-state students have received degrees and certificates, highlighting the District’s appeal beyond its immediate vicinity. 
  • Support for Veterans: The District is proud to recognize the achievements of 101 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have earned degrees and certificates, demonstrating a commitment to supporting those who have served our country. 
  • DACA/Dreamer/AB540 Students:  110 DACA/Dreamer/AB540 students graduated, emphasizing inclusivity and accessibility in higher education. 
  • First-Generation College Students: An impressive 1,604 graduates are first-generation college students, breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations. 
  • Support for Foster Youth: The District celebrates the success of 22 foster youth who have earned degrees and certificates, showcasing resilience and determination in overcoming challenges. 
  • Support for Justice-Impacted Individuals: Thirteen incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, or justice-impacted individuals have graduated, underscoring the District’s commitment to providing opportunities for all community members. 
  • Academic Excellence: A total of 716 graduates have earned academic honors, including cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude distinctions, recognizing their exceptional academic achievements. 

The San Mateo County Community College District congratulates all 2023-24 graduates for their remarkable accomplishments and wishes them continued success in their future endeavors.