West Los Angeles College’s 50th Commencement Ceremony on June 5, 2018 not only marks the official start of a 12-month celebration of the College’s golden anniversary, but it will be a historical first. This year is the first time that West confers Bachelor’s degrees and the college will award 29 such degrees, the most by any community college in California, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
Speakers helping to mark this momentous day will include State Senator Holly Mitchell; Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove; Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Dr. Francisco C. Rodriguez and LACCD Board Member Dr. Gabriel Buelna. The Commencement Ceremony will be held on the college Graduation Lawn, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City, beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 5.
West is one of just 15 California community colleges that were authorized by the State Chancellor’s Office in 2014 to offer a Bachelor’s degree program. West’s new degree in Dental Hygiene was launched in 2016 and is an expansion of the college’s existing Associate’s degree program. The WLAC Dental Hygiene program, established in 1973, has had a consistent record of 100 percent of its graduates passing the professional exam. The program was recently awarded a Strong Workforce Gold Star by the State Chancellor’s Office in recognition of recent graduates realizing a 303 percent increase in earnings; 78 percent attaining at least a regional living wage; and 100 percent employed in a job similar to their field of study.