Countywide : Moorpark College to Award 356 Degrees, a Record Number

A record number of students are expected to receive associate degrees midyear from Moorpark College after completing fall semester classes Tuesday, college officials said.

The number of students earning degrees midyear from the county's other two community colleges are also considered above average.

Commencement ceremonies will not be held until May, but the names of 356 midyear graduates from Moorpark College, 357 from Ventura College and 105from Oxnard College have already been approved by the Ventura County Community College Board of Trustees.

Moorpark College, the largest of the three, expects to graduate at least 300 more students in the spring, said Gerry Olsen, spokesman for the college.

Oxnard College officials said they expect at least 200 more students to earn associate degrees.

And Ventura College officials reported at least 400 students will graduate from the two-year program this spring.

At Moorpark College, the number of students receiving degrees each year has steadily increased even though enrollment has held steady for the past few years, college President James Walker said.

"I think it shows that students are . . . really serious about getting an education," he said.

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