LA Valley College students celebrated 2023 commencement in Valley Glen

California

Los Angeles Valley College held its 2023 commencement ceremony on June 6 at Monarch Stadium at its campus in Valley Glen, with about 500 students getting much-deserved diplomas after succeeding and thriving in the era of the pandemic.

Two standout students spoke to the crowd to big applause and laughter. Quentin Jones told the audience, “Four years ago, which I call the Year One B.C., which was before COVID, I was sitting where you are, in the grandstands … to see a friend graduate, and I got a little jealous,” and decided to enroll at LAVC, changing his life. He was followed by student body president Ani Ramazyan, who told the crowd she never thought she would go to college, but went on to become LAVC’s student body leader. Ramazyan said, “No matter how difficult a challenge may seem, hard work makes the impossible possible.”

  • Los Angeles Valley College holds their commencement ceremony on Tuesday,...

    Los Angeles Valley College holds their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Graduates enter Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Stadium for their...

    Graduates enter Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Stadium for their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Cecily Sewell, 36, of Sun Valley, is introduced as a...

    Cecily Sewell, 36, of Sun Valley, is introduced as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship recipient during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. Sewell, who was homeless for four years at 16 and lost her job in the pandemic, is headed to Columbia University with her 5-year-old daughter on the full ride scholarship where she will continue to study media arts and screen writing. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Fifteen-year-old Alexander Boychenko receives an AA in Economics during Los...

    Fifteen-year-old Alexander Boychenko receives an AA in Economics during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen and will be attending UCLA. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Graduates enter Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Stadium for their...

    Graduates enter Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Stadium for their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • A graduates mortar board during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement...

    A graduates mortar board during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Valley College holds their commencement ceremony on Tuesday,...

    Los Angeles Valley College holds their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Valley College holds their commencement ceremony on Tuesday,...

    Los Angeles Valley College holds their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Graduates enter Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Stadium for their...

    Graduates enter Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Stadium for their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LAVC College Choir and Chamber Singers sing the National Anthem...

    LAVC College Choir and Chamber Singers sing the National Anthem during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Quentin Jones is a student speaker during Los Angeles Valley...

    Quentin Jones is a student speaker during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Ani Ramazyan is a student speaker during Los Angeles Valley...

    Ani Ramazyan is a student speaker during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Gagik Hovhannisyan, 20, of North Hollywood, is introduced as the...

    Gagik Hovhannisyan, 20, of North Hollywood, is introduced as the president of the Armenian Student Assoc. during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. Hovhannisyan is headed to UCLA where he will study biology and anthropology. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Graduates receive honor awards during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement...

    Graduates receive honor awards during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LAVC College Choir and Chamber Singers and dancers perform during...

    LAVC College Choir and Chamber Singers and dancers perform during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Graduates receive their AA degrees during Los Angeles Valley College’s...

    Graduates receive their AA degrees during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Shavon Shorter, 38, of Van Nuys, receives her AA degree...

    Shavon Shorter, 38, of Van Nuys, receives her AA degree during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen and plans to continue studying real estate and business management at CSUN. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Registered nursing students receive their degrees during Los Angeles Valley...

    Registered nursing students receive their degrees during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Shavon Shorter’s family including her children flag her down after...

    Shavon Shorter’s family including her children flag her down after she received her AA degree during Los Angeles Valley College’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. Shorter, 38, of Van Nuys, plans to continue studying real estate and business management at CSUN. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Valley College holds their commencement ceremony on Tuesday,...

    Los Angeles Valley College holds their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Valley Glen. The two-year community college, founded in Sept. 1949, is part of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

After the crowd joined in the Pledge of Alliance, the school’s choir and chamber singers performed a powerful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem.  The ceremony was live streamed on YouTube for family and friends who couldn’t attend (bit.ly/3IYsuGM). The two-year community college, founded in September 1949, is one of the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. www.laccd.edu/About/Pages/Our-Colleges.aspx

Fun facts: the Monarch Lion is the school mascot; the sports teams are called the “Monarchs”; the college’s colors — green and gold — were chosen by the 1949 inaugural class.

Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. 818-947-2600. www.facebook.com/lavalleycollege. www.lavc.edu/

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