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Rio Hondo College Celebrates 50th Commencement Ceremony May 23

By Valerie E. Martinez


Rio Hondo College will hold its 50th Annual Commencement Ceremony Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. on the Rio Hondo College Soccer Field.  The Rio Hondo Class of 2013 includes more than 1,000 graduates, with appropriately 600 participating in the ceremony.

This year’s commencement speaker is Leroy D. Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff. Biology professor and long-time environmental activist  Ray Williams will be honored as  Fellow of the College.

Visitor parking will be in lower parking Lots 1 – 6 and Lots A and C. Disabled parking will be in Lot E. Attendees wishing to reserve disabled seating should call Student Life and Leadership at (562) 908-3427.

This year’s Commencement Ceremony will be held in front of an updated backdrop, including a Jumbotron to make it easier for attendees to view the ceremony.

Commencement Speaker Leroy “Lee” D. Baca, Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff Baca commands the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States, leading nearly 18,000 budgeted sworn and professional staff. More than four million people are directly protected by the Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Baca is also the Director of Homeland Security-Mutual Aid for California Region I, which serves 13 million people.

Sheriff Baca earned his Doctorate of Public Administration Degree from the University of Southern California.  He is a life member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, USC Chapter.  A strong advocate of education, he developed the LASD University consortium with over 20 universities where over 1,000 members of the Sheriff’s Department are enrolled in Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs.


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