Press - 05/21/2018

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MiraCosta College to Hold Commencement Ceremonies 🎓

Adult High School Program Graduation: 

MiraCosta College will celebrate the accomplishments of students graduating from the Adult High School Program on Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Building 2400. Over 130 students have completed the free, college-based high school diploma program.

MiraCosta College District Graduation:

Approximately 600 of MiraCosta College’s estimated 2,000 graduates will celebrate at the college’s 83rd commencement ceremony, to be held Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. in front of the Administration Building on the Oceanside Campus.

 Graduate Liliana Hernandez will deliver this year’s commencement address. Hernandez, the daughter of immigrants, knows first-hand the challenges of life in America and the promise this country can hold.

Born in Oceanside and raised in Vista, Hernandez has experienced homelessness, hunger, and domestic violence. With every poor choice as a teenager, including dropping out of high school, the dream of college seemed further and further away.

After years of struggling just to get by, Hernandez renewed her determination to reach her childhood dream of becoming an immigration attorney. She earned her high school degree from Vista Adult Education and began attending MiraCosta College. With the help of MiraCosta’s valuable guidance programs, she was able to balance her personal and work life.

This fall she plans to transfer to California State University, San Marcos, where she will earn a bachelor’s degree in communications. After earning a degree, Hernandez plans on attending law school, earn a juris doctorate degree, and see to it that her childhood dream becomes a reality.

For more information about the Adult High School graduation ceremony, contact the Community Learning Center Campus at 760.795.8710.

For additional information about the Oceanside Campus ceremony, please contact James Gonzales at or call 760.795.6899. You can also find general information about the ceremony at

MiraCosta Student Invited to Perform at Dance Festival in Washington D.C. 🏅

Thirty colleges and universities from around the country will perform in the American College Dance Association National College Dance Festival on June 7, 8, and 9, 2018. The Festival features outstanding college and university dance presented in the Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. MiraCosta College student, Issa Hourani, will perform on the first day of the three-day festival. 

“The festival provides a unique opportunity to view the extraordinary work being created in dance in higher education throughout the nation,” says ACDA Executive Director Diane DeFries. “The three distinct programs offer audiences an opportunity to view the next generation of dancers in performance. Dances created by guest artists, faculty, and students highlight the ongoing American tradition of dance as a medium to investigate a wide range of aesthetic, emotional, and social issues. With exciting and varied choreography and ferocious dancing by emerging artists, the festival reflects the vitality of dance across the country.”

The 30 dances to be performed at the National Festival were chosen for their artistic excellence from each of ACDA’s 13 regional conferences around the country. "MiraCosta College has made it into the (ACDA) top 12 several times, but this is a first for MiraCosta College to be chosen to go to nationals," said dance department faculty Dave Massey.

Tickets, including group sales, are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, charge by phone at 202.467.4600 and

The National College Dance Festival is co-sponsored by The George Washington University Department of Theater and Dance and made possible by the generous support of Dance Media, Dance Magazine, and lifetime members of ACDA and individual donors.

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