Celebrating the Class of 2019

May 24, 2019

President Whitney Yamamura high-fives Valedictorian speaker Kristina Greene President Whitney Yamamura high-fives Valedictorian speaker Kristina Greene

Folsom Lake College (FLC) held its 16 th annual commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 22 at the Harris Center for the Arts celebrating one of its largest graduating classes to date. FLC’s Class of 2019 included 761 graduates earning 1,146 degrees and 736 certificates.

The most popular degrees were in Interdisciplinary Studies: Social & Behavioral Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies: Math & Science, and Business Administration for Transfer; the most popular certificates were in General Education-Transfer, Early Childhood Education, and Communication Studies.

65% of graduates earned honors or highest honors recognition, with valedictorian recognition bestowed on sixteen members of the "Falcon" family, all having earned a 4.0 GPA. Valedictorian Kristina Greene of Folsom was selected to give the student address as part of the ceremony. Kristina, who will continue on her educational path towards becoming a registered nurse specializing in pediatrics, shared the following piece of advice with her fellow graduates: "While life may take unexpected turns, it’s important to remember that the universe also delivers in unexpected ways. Remember to smile as you are strong enough to overcome any and every obstacle. Be kind. Be courageous. Be innovative."

Other highlights of the Class of 2019 include:

  • Student Alexander Ruvalcaba of Antioch graduated with six degrees and will be transferring to California State University, Long Beach in the fall. Five other students received five degrees each: Cameron Frederickson, Brett Gablem, Somayah Ghulam Mohammad, Kevin Ralphs, and Israel Rubalcava.
  • The Settle family of Pollock Pines made up four members of the graduating class with mother Susan and daughters Rebecca, Elise, and Corrinne all receiving degrees.
  • The youngest graduate was 17-year-old Madison Forwood of Sacramento earning her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Social & Behavioral Sciences, while the oldest was Douglas Stone of Placerville at 69 years young receiving his degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Math & Science.

"Folsom Lake College is incredibly proud of its graduates, each of whom has a unique story that reveals their own inner strength and fortitude," said college president Whitney Yamamura. "We were honored to be part of their educational journey and to provide them with a strong foundation for a bright future."

View a Recording of the Ceremony