Family, friends and educators celebrated nine Madera Community College students during the 2013 Baccalaureate aimed at recognizing their achievements at Madera Baptist Church.
The second annual Baccalaureate organized by Madera Community College Educational Advisor Dan Rivera aimed to recognize those completing an associate degree, transferring to a four-year university or earning a vocational certificate this semester. The event is not sponsored by the college or the church. It was advertised on campus and nine people signed up. Seventeen students participated during the first baccalaureate last year, said Rivera.
“This is something I do just because I care about our students. People who are earning a certificate or transferring do not have a ceremony so this was an opportunity for them and their family to come and celebrate their educational achievement,” said Rivera.
The church service included prayer, music and scripture reading. Students were also recognized individually as their names were announced and a brief biography about their educational achievements and goals read...