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Commencement 2020

Commencement is right around the corner and the Class of 2020 will be celebrated in a new and exciting way. The Class of "20" - "20" gets celebrated TWICE! Once on June 12th as part of our first ever Virtual Commencement and again in June 2021 in a post-Coronavirus, live ceremony. Based on feedback from graduates, we are making both options available to all 2020 graduates. Norco College knows that this accomplishment is a REALLY important part of your educational journey and we want to recognize your hard work! As an institution, we value the time, dedication, sweat, blood, and tears you have put into earning your degree. We are looking forward to celebrating you and your accomplishments. 

​​We will be updating this website, sending you emails, and posting information on our social media sites, as soon as more information becomes available. 


Commencement Speaker Auditions

Class of 2020,

This is your chance to audition to be 2020 Commencement Student Speaker. The audition dates and times are listed below. Please email Dr. Mark Hartley, Dean of Student Life & Commencement Chair, the best dates and times that work for you (times will be given on a first come, first serve basis). 

​Your audition will be via Zoom and you will have 10 minutes to give your 5-7 minute presentation. The guidelines and criteria which the judges will be scoring, will be emailed to those individuals who sign-up for an audition time slot. 

Audition Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, April 28 from 1pm - 3pm
  • Wednesday, April 29 from 11am - 2pm
  • Thursday, April 30 from 1pm - 3pm

To schedule your audition, please email Dr. Mark Hartley. The deadline to register for an audition time slot is Thursday, April 23 at 5pm. 

​Best of luck to all those who audition!


Audition Judging Criteria

Commencement Audition will be judged according to Toastmasters International speech contest rules.

Speech Development (20 pts.): The way the speaker puts ideas together so the audience can understand them. The response is structured around a purpose, and this structure should include an opening, body and conclusion. A good speech immediately engages the audience's attention and then moves forward toward a significant conclusion.

Content (20 pts.): This development of the speech structure is supported by relevant examples and illustrations, facts and figures, delivered with such smoothness that they blend into the framework of the speech to present the audience with a unified whole.

Effectiveness (20 pts.): Measured in part by the audience's reception of the speech, but a large part is subjective judgment of how the speech came across.

Speech Value (20 pts.): The speaker has a responsibility to say something meaningful and original to the audience. The listeners should feel the speaker has made a contribution to their thinking.

Delivery (10 pts.): The speaker should speak with enthusiasm and assurance, showing interest in the audience and confidence in their reactions.

Appropriateness (10 pts.): Refers to the choice of words that relate to the speech purpose and to your fellow graduates and other audience members hearing the speech. Language should promote clear understanding of thoughts and should fit the Commencement occasion precisely.



Review of the 2019 Norco College Commencement​

On June 7, the largest graduating class (over 400 students) walked through the Norco College stage to accept their degrees. Over 4,000 guest proudly gathered around the soccer field to cheer on the graduates as they prepared for the next chapter in their lives. 

Norco College Faculty Speaker, Quinton Bemiller addressed graduates with a message ofencouragement and hope, while student speaker, Angelica Gutierrez, shared her inspirational story about resilience and courage. She talked about the struggles she faced coming to the US and being bullied for not knowing how to speak English. Introverted by nature, Gutierrez recalls wanting to drop out of school, but she turned to her courage and continued to push through. She remembers reciting the following quote from Frank Ocean, “Work hard in silence, and let success make the noise!" Gutierrez was successful all right and graduated with four associate of arts degrees in Spanish, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Studies, and Communications. She is on her way to Cal State University, San Bernardino this fall.

Congratulations to our graduates! Keep on investing in your future. We believe in you. Go Mustangs! 

Click on our Facebook page to view a photo recap of commencement day.

Interesting graduation facts below:

2018-19 graduates

• 1,246 students graduated 

• 1,911 associate degrees awarded 

• 247 students graduated with distinction (3.3 to 3.6) 

• 162 graduated with great distinction (3.7 and above) 

• 42 graduated with a 4.0 (earning an A in every course) 

• 82 graduates completed the Honors Program 

• 41 graduates were veterans of the armed services 

• Most senior graduate was 66 years old 

• Youngest graduate was 16 years old 

Many students will be receiving multiple degrees. They are as follows:  

• 303 received two degrees 

• 168 received three degrees 

• 97 received four degrees 

• 29 received five degrees 

• 11 received six degrees 

• 3 received seven degrees

• 2 received eight degrees

Our JFK Middle College High School students continued to set the bar. 

• 23 students who graduated JFK High School on May 31, also graduated from Norco College on June 7 – completing at total of 64 degrees. 

• 85 high school student graduates from JFK also completed their freshman year of college while attending HS.


Dual Enrollment Program

• 250 CNUSD High School seniors graduated with 1,204 units combined.​