Virtual commencement

Crafton Hills College Professor of Communication Studies Jimmy Urbanovich, Student Senate President Tyrone Ross and student speaker Karina Lewis will be part of Crafton Hills' virtual commencement on May 22.

Crafton Hills College will virtually celebrate the institution’s 48th annual commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

“We are proud of our graduates and hope they will join us to celebrate their accomplishments at this virtual event,” said Crafton Hills College President Kevin Horan. “We also invite the class of 2020 to celebrate in person during commencement in May 2021.”

The 2020 Commencement Ceremony will recognize the 794 graduates who earned 1,281 degrees and certificates. During the reading of the names, there will be an accompanying slide with each graduate’s information and photo.

The event will include all traditional elements of the ceremony.

Ceremony order

1. Salute to the Flag - Tyrone Ross, CHC Student Senate President (class of 2020)

2. National Anthem- Performed by Vanessa Terry (class of 2020)

3. Welcome - Kevin Horan, president, Crafton Hills College

4. Introductions- Jose Torres, Interim Chancellor San Bernardino Community College District

5. Student Commencement Speaker- Karina Lewis (class of 2020)

6. Commencement Keynote Address- Judith Valles

7. Presentation of Graduating Class- Keith Wurtz, vice president, instruction, Crafton Hills College

8. Awarding of Degrees- Anne Viricel, chair Board of Trustees, San Bernardino Community College District

9. A Thought for the Future- Julie McKee, president Academic Senate, Crafton Hills College

Crafton Hills graduate, Vanessa Terry, will sing the National Anthem. Terry is a part of the CHC class of 2020 and is a theater art major. Terry will be graduating with two theater arts degrees⎯one with a concentration in performance, the other in technical theater and a fine arts degree. She served as president for the Theater Arts Association Club on campus this semester, and earlier this year performed for the Black History Month Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The 2020 Crafton Hills student speaker will be graduate, Karina Lewis. Lewis is a communication studies AA-T major. She is transferring to CSUSB and will be dual majoring in English and communication studies. Lewis works at the Crafton Hills Tutoring Center, tutoring in English and communication studies. She is also a member of the Crafton Hills Honors Institute and the vice-president of the Communications club. Lewis is graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 G.P.A.

This year’s Keynote Address will be given by Judith Valles. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Judith Lopez Valles graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1951 and attended San Bernardino Valley College from 1952 to 1953. Valles taught elementary and high school for several years and simultaneously graduated from the University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1964. She later earned her master’s in Spanish literature at the University of California, Riverside (1970) and did doctoral work at UCLA. Valles was appointed to the SBVC faculty in 1965 and taught Spanish until 1984. She headed the department of foreign languages from 1972 to 1976, chaired the division of humanities from 1976 to 1981 and was dean of Extended Day and Summer Session from 1981 to 1983.

Valles was the administrative dean of academic affairs from 1983 to 1987, she also held the position of chief instructional officer at the college and the position of executive vice president of academic and student affairs from 1987 to 1988. Valles was appointed president of Golden West College in 1988 and was chief executive until retiring in 1993. Valles has also served as acting president of Coastline Community College, Oxnard College and was a San Bernardino Community College District trustee. She produced and hosted a Spanish-speaking television show, “Impacto,” for KVCR-TV and “La Voz” at KCSB and has been involved in the performing arts.

Valles has been the subject of three doctoral dissertations on leadership and invited to lecture on gender and leadership issues as a visiting professor at Harvard University. She received the Citizen of Achievement Award from the League of Women Voters in 1989 and the YWCA Outstanding Women of Orange County Award in 1990. She was inducted into the SBVC Alumni Hall of Fame in 1991. In 1998, Valles established the Valles Family Scholarship at San Bernardino Valley College as an embodiment of her love of family and commitment to students and higher education. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Redlands in 2000 and the California Community Colleges’ Distinguished Alumni Award the same year. She received the Ohtli Medal in 2003 from the government and people of Mexico for her contributions to the Mexican-American community. Valles was elected mayor of the city of San Bernardino on Feb. 3, 1998, and was reelected in 2002. Valles was the first Hispanic mayor of the city. After completing her terms as mayor, she was appointed president of Los Angeles Mission College.

The 2020 Virtual Commencement event will be live on the Crafton Hills YouTube channel and Crafton Hills College Facebook with links posted within a few days prior to the event so students, faculty and staff can share with family and friends. Everyone is encouraged to join in the celebration by using #chcgrad2020 when posting on their personal social media accounts.

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