The class of 2013 at College of the Canyons' Valencia campus is hosting its 44th commencement ceremony Friday in the college's Honor Grove at 8:30 a.m., according to COC officials.
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There are slightly more than 1,300 graduates, and school officials said the graduating class has increased by 9.1-percent over last year's graduating class, which had 1,198 students.
There students from 77 different majors, graduating, with the college's nursing program as the most popular major among graduates, with 156 students. The second most popular is accounting, with 145 graduates. The liberal arts and sciences schools count 97 graduates, and biological and physical sciences have 90 graduates.
The class of 2013 is 38.4 percent male (506 students) and 61.6 percent female (811 students), which represents a roughly 1.6 percent increase in the percentage of male graduates and a 15.8 percent increase in the percentage of female graduates, when compared to the class of 2012.
Academically, there are 258 students graduating with honors — which requires a 3.5 GPA or higher — and 17 students with perfect 4.0 GPAs, which grants them the status of valedictorians at the college.
The average GPA of the class of 2013 is 3.07, which remains unchanged from last year’s mark.
The average age of a COC graduate is 26. The oldest student in the class is 68, with a total of six graduates over the age of 60. There are also two students in the 17-year-old age group, representing the youngest graduates in the class. One graduate will turn 21 on commencement day!
Notably, this year there are 701 ethnic minority students included in the college’s graduating class, representing an increase of approximately 26.5 percent when compared to 2012. Included among this group are 30 international students.
There are also 39 veteran graduates in the college’s class of 2013.
Additionally, 77 percent of this year’s graduates have completed at least once course at the college’s Canyon Country campus.
“Commencement is an inspirational time, as it symbolizes our students’ ability to triumph over doubts, face their fears and persevere," said COC president and Chancellor Dianne Van Hook. "Unwavering determination trumps all else. I know our future is in good hands.”
The scene of many graduations and other college ceremonies and events, the COC Honor Grove is located in the center of campus and will be outfitted with a stage for the presentation of diplomas and certificates, as well as seating for the graduates and the proud families and friends who will be in attendance.
However, community members attending the ceremony should plan to arrive to campus no later than 8:15 a.m., as parking lots are expected to be congested and guest seating is limited.
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College Of The Canyons To Host Graduation For Class Of 2013 In Valencia
Article: College Of The Canyons To Host Graduation For Class Of 2013 In Valencia 
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith