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Ceremony Information


The faculty and staff invite you to participate in the
2018 Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, June 7, 2018
6:00 pm at the Norco College Soccer Field


Professor, Theatre Arts

Walter Stevens began teaching Theatre Arts at Norco College in 1995. During his 23-year career, Stevens has taught his students the art of acting techniques, directing, playwriting, script analysis, and the history of theatre.

In addition, he has directed numerous productions at the College, ranging from Shakespeare to classic Americana and musical theatre. He has also led Study Abroad programs to Oxford, England, Dublin, Ireland and Salamanca, Spain

He specializes in performance techniques, Shakespeare and theatre history. He studied closely with drama theorists Robert Cohen and Jerzy Grotowski. When he is not teaching, Stevens directs and performs in productions throughout Southern California. Most recently, Stevens played the role of Lord Capulet in the New Swan Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet.

Stevens holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artist and serves on the Board of Directors for the Dana Point Theatre Company.

A portion of each year, Stevens lives in the city of Bilbao, in the Basque Country of Northern Spain, where he enjoys research on the topic of Transcultural Performance and Prehistory. He regularly participates in the annual Festival de Teatro y de las Artes de la Calle.


Walter Stevens
Walter Stevens
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2018 Norco College Student Speaker

Tonight’s student speaker, Ms. Maria Barragan, is the current Associated Student of Norco College (ASNC) President. She was elected in the spring of 2017 to serve the campus as the primary voice for the more than 13,000 Norco College students and Maria has fulfilled her role as well as any student body president in the history of Norco College. Her relationships with faculty, staff and administrators is one of respect and admiration. Over her three years at Norco College she has gained the trust of her fellow students and has represented them on campus, at the state level, and even in Washington D.C. at the national Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Ms. Barragan was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at age of 5 with her mother and sister. She grew up all over California, but attended Charter Oak High School in Covina. Today, Maria resides in Jurupa Valley with her mother, sister and step-father.

Maria is a force to be reckoned with while at the same time has the sweetest demeanor. In her many leadership positions on campus, she has taken an active role in making a positive impact wherever she goes. She has been actively involved as a member of Dreamers and Leaders, Puente as a Peer Mentor and Historian, as well as ASNC. In ASNC, she has moved up through the ranks, starting as a Senator of Campus Activities, then Vice President of Campus Activities, and finally ASNC President for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is a member of the campus’ Academic Senate, Institutional Strategic Planning Council, and Committee of the Whole.

Ms. Barragan will be leaving behind many legacy programs, which she founded or co-founded, including Norco Fest, the Athletic Pep Rally, Silent Disco, and Chill Out (Snow Day), just to name a few. Maria is a Sociology major and will be attending the University of California, Riverside in the fall to pursue a B.A. in Sociology and one day a Guidance Counselor in Higher Education. Norco College’s Student Commencement Speaker Sub-Committee was proud to select Maria Barragan to give tonight’s keynote address.

Maria Barragan
Maria Barragan