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Ceremony Information


The faculty and staff invite you to participate in the
2016 Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:00 pm at the Norco College Soccer Field



Dr. Jan Muto
Associate Professor, Communication Studies           

Jan Muto holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in communication from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. from University of Utah with emphases in organizational communication and instructional media. She has held faculty positions in communication at Ithaca College (New York), and two community colleges in Kentucky. Other positions held were Instructional Technologist at the University of Delaware, academic administrative positions at Northwest College in Wyoming, Madisonville Community College in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System central office. She was Interim President at Maysville (Kentucky) Community and Technical College, and President of Riverside City College. She has served on accrediting teams for three regional agencies; conducted communication training workshops for private and public sector organizations; and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on communication, faculty professional development, and institutional planning. 

As an associate professor of Communication Studies at Norco College, Dr. Muto teaches interpersonal communication, public speaking, gender and communication, and mass media. Along with other institutional commitments, she leads the volunteer Ally program in support of LGBTQ faculty, staff, and student; and is faculty adviser to the Gender Sexuality Awareness student club. Dr. Muto was honored in 2015 with the David A. Sanchez GLBT Award for Diversity by the Community College Association (California) Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee, and named the RCCD Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2016.

Dr. Muto met her husband, Dr. Jay Fiene, while assisting with the design of an Ed.D. program for Western Kentucky University. Since their arrival in California in 2009, Dr. Fiene was appointed the Dean of the College of Education at CSU-San Bernardino, where they have team-taught a doctoral course, Foundations in Education and Leadership. Their lives are enriched by friends and family, travel, music, laughter, compassion, love, and, of course, their two cats: Cleo and Karma.



Ms. Suzie Schepler
President, Associated Students of Norco College (ASNC)

Ms. Suzie Schepler, who is receiving her Associates Degree with honors in Accounting, is the 2016 student commencement speaker. Suzie, a 43-year old mother of three, has overcome many obstacles in her pursuit of a college degree. Suzie grew up in the La Habra and Fullerton areas of Orange County where she graduated from Fullerton Union High School in 1991.

After several attempts to attend college, Suzie realized it was probably a better time to focus on working and raising her children. Despite amassing a 20 year history of successful work in accounting, the 2008 downturn in the economy left her with few job options and no opportunity to grow. Positions she once qualified for would no longer consider her without a degree. In the fall of 2014, she made the decision to return to college and pursue her accounting degree at Norco College. Once at Norco, she learned about the Honors Program, applied and was accepted, and immediately signed up for three honors classes in the spring semester. In the same year, Suzie was appointed to the position of Senator of Finance in the Associated Students of Norco College (ASNC). Later that semester she ran for the Vice President of Finance in the elections and won.

At the beginning of the fall 2015 semester, due to unforeseen circumstances, Suzie found herself in the role of ASNC President. Suzie has served in this appointed position with pride, and the hope of encouraging other non-traditional students to participate in student government and other campus activities. Suzie is the first person in her family to graduate from college. She is leaving a powerful legacy of campus accomplishments behind at Norco College, such as co-sponsoring the Read 2 Succeed program featuring Temple Grandin, being appointed as the community liaison for the Norco Founders Day event, and providing financial support for Ally students to receive graduation stoles, as well as helping to expand Ally training for faculty, staff and students.