The congratulatory cheers could be heard from 3 blocks away. The list of transfer schools that belted out of the mouths of the two emcees were impressive. Cal-Berkeley…UCLA…Azusa Pacific...UC San Diego and San Diego State echoed throughout the ceremony. For the second consecutive year, the Covid-19 pandemic forced Miramar College to step out of the box to celebrate the accomplishments of both its EOPS and San Diego Promise students, and for the second consecutive year a drive through celebration was held. For two hours on the afternoon of June 4, the western most edge of the College’s Lot 2 parking area was littered with a line of cars all occupied by 2021 graduates and their proud families. In one car, soon to be Cal-Berkeley Golden Bear Ameneh Gharabi. This fall she will begin pursuit of an undergraduate degree in microbiology/cellular biology. “I am so excited about the next step,” said Gharabi. “I was able to choose Cal over Davis, UCLA and UC San Diego and I am just so proud.”
Fifty-three EOPS graduates and another twenty San Diego Promise students signed up to take part in the drive through graduation parade. School volunteers lined the parade route and cheered on the excited graduates. Graduates were also presented with quite the goodie bag which consisted of a diploma cover, stole, tassels, certificate of academic achievement and a $25 gas card.
A photo gallery of the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=SanDiegoMiramarCollege&set=a.5878629025488466
Miramar College's Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program developed to provide supplemental support services for students who have been affected by economic, language, and educational disadvantages. Our student-centered approach has been implemented to foster academic and personal success by providing “over and above” services with academic and financial support. If you are interested in learning more about the EOPS program at Miramar College please visit: http://www.sdmiramar.edu/services/eops
The San Diego Promise is a two-year completion program for recent high school graduates enrolled full-time (12 units per semester). The program provides up to two years of free tuition to eligible students. Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits: an assigned peer mentor, counseling retention & interventions, and additional campus engagement opportunities. For more information on how you can become a San Diego Promise Scholar please visit: http://www.sdmiramar.edu/services/promise