Irvine Valley College Holds 33rd Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 24th

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Irvine Valley College (IVC) held its 33rd annual Commencement Ceremony at 5 pm Thursday May 24, outdoors at the Live Oak Terraces next to the Performing Arts Center.

Commencement Speaker: Tyrone Howard, PhD, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion and Professor, UCLA

Student Speaker: Glayol Kashani, who was born to Iranian immigrants in Chicago, Illinois in the summer of 1999. Her parents moved to California to give her a better opportunity for education. She was bullied in elementary and high school due to her differences, but used this hurt to fuel her dreams. Glayol began attending Irvine Valley College at age 16. Many people told her she was throwing away her senior experience. She took several classes that didn’t fulfill her, but then fell in love with psychology and neurological sciences and became a Psi Beta officer. Volunteering at shelters and presenting at research conferences helped her realize that the fulfillment she received from helping and understanding others was irreplaceable. Glayol changed her major to psychology and hopes to find a pathway to neurological sciences. In her personal life, Glayol writes and performs poetry. She loves bodybuilding, athletic training, dancing, and music. In the future, Glayol hopes to write a bestselling self-help novel based on her academic research, empower women to pursue fields that are male dominated, and be a motivational speaker to encourage people to pursue and value education.

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IVC awarded 2,128 degrees and 1,650 Certificates of Achievement; 1,421 students received degrees. IVC conferred 1,307 Associate in Arts degrees; 295 Associate in Arts for Transfer degrees; 161 Associate in Science degrees; and 365 Associate in Science for Transfer degrees.

Among the graduates, there are 130 IVC honors program students; in addition, 201 students will graduate cum laude with a GPA of 3.5-3.74; 177 students will graduate magna cum laude with a GPA of 3.74-3.99; and 31 students will graduate summa cum laude with a GPA of 4.0.

Irvine Valley College has the #1 transfer rate in Orange County and the #1 transfer rate in the State of California. IVC will have over 1,000 students transferring this fall to Cal State University (CSU), University of California (UC), and private institutions. IVC’s 2018 graduates have been accepted at each of the nine UC campuses, including UC Irvine, and CSUs including San Diego State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona and San Luis Obispo. IVC students also will transfer to USC, Chapman, Pepperdine, and many of the Ivy Leagues. This year, honors transfer students will transfer to Fordham University, American University, Boston University, University of Michigan and Stanford.

IVC offers over 80 associate degree programs and over 70 career and technical certificate programs. Irvine Valley College is located at 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618.  For more information, visit

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