Pasadena City College celebrated the graduation of 1,532 students on Friday during a commencement ceremony at the school’s Robinson Stadium.
More than 550 graduates took part in the annual event, the 87th in the school’s history. Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, delivered the keynote address. This year’s graduating class reflected PCC’s diverse student body, according to information provided by the college.
The youngest graduate was 17. The oldest was 67 — one of 80 graduates in their 40s, 50s or 60s. Women outnumbered men by about three-to-two. At least 34% of graduates were of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, more than 28% were Latino, some 16% were Caucasian and about 4% were African-American, though 10% of students declined to state their ethnicities.
As many as 84 graduates were international students, nearly half of them from China. Pasadena City College attracts students from throughout Southern California but also many from its own backyard.
Pasadena natives numbered 207 in the graduating class. Another 36 were from South Pasadena, 33 from Altadena, 17 from La Cañada Flintridge and nine from San Marino.
-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News