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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 3, 2015 1B REGIONAL INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL OPINIONS UPCOMING EVENTS FRC Superintendent and President Dr. Kevin Trutna addresses the graduates. Lowell Siwundhla graduates from Feather River College with two associate degrees and 14 certificates. Photos by Oreg Knight i Greg Knight Staff Writer gknight@plumasnews.com s the heavens opened and Mother Nature dropped a torrential downpour of rain on Plumas County, the 206 graduates of Feather River College's Class of 2015 marched in the May 22 commencement ceremony, taking their degrees and certificates in hand-: and taking the next step forward in life. The graduation event, which was held at the college athletic complex and was anchored by FRC Superintendent and President Kevin Trutna, featured a commencement address by Dr. Pamela Walker, the vice chancellor of academic affairs for California Community Colleges, and a faculty address by Dr. Katie Desmond. "Enjoy this moment, but don't forget to set new goals," Walker told the graduates. Desmond, the instructor in political science, sociology and history, asked the students, by raised hands, whether they felt the world was changing ever faster before their eyes. "OK, a show of hands ... Class of 2015,,do you think you face a far more challenging world than previous generations?" Desmond asked, continuing, "I think in many ways you really do. For instance, today, you are expected to attain higher and higher degrees for jobs that once required only experience ... you're not just competing with the person next to you for that job. The competition is global." Graduate Tim Kauffman, who will be conducting three months of service and study in Uganda now that he has his degree in hand, gave the student address. Former FRC rodeo star and current Olympic hopeful Jon Copsey was recognized by head rodeo coach Jesse Segura as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. Trutna also recognized three students -- Grace Holland, Max Milligan and freshman Colton Kohler -- who died during the school year. The trio was represented by three empty 'chairs among the graduating class. Holland's sister, Sarah, accepted her Associate in General Studies for Social and Behavior Sciences degree. Five graduates, Marissa Anthony, Logan Hutto, Stephan Lonis, Naoki Matsumoto and Claudio Ribeiro, earned three associate degrees. Another 24 earned two associate degrees while 177 earned one degree. The undisputed leader in the degree and certificate count, From left, faculty members Mike Welser, Don Williams, Dr. Michael Bagley, Shelley Miller, Dr. Feather River College Board of Trustees President John Joan Parkin and Chuck Mills listen to the address of Dr. Pamela Walker. Sheehan opens the commencement ceremony. however, was Lowell Siwundhla, who at 63 years old was not only the oldest graduate, but was awarded two associate degrees and 14 certificates. According to Trutna, the most popular degree, with 76 graduates, is the Associate in General Studies for Social and Behavior Sciences. In second place- with 33 graduates -- is an Associate in Liberal Arts in Fine Arts and Humanities. Licensed vocational nursing came in third with 13 graduates. The most popular certificate is in entrepreneurial planning, followe d by fundamentals of horse training. A total of 240 associate degrees and 111 certificates were conferred. Graduate Tim Kauffman looks over his notes before marching in the 2015 Feather River College graduation ceremony. Kauffman gave the student address during the i commencement. Feather River College graduates Abbie Mikkelson, Nina Holmes and Marinda Thomas, left, ii ham it up before accepting their degrees. ,: Sarah Holland, left, accepts a posthumous Associate in Dr. Katie Desmond, the instructor of political science, General Studies for Social and Behavior Sciences degree for sociology and history at Feather River College, takes a selfie her late sister, Grace Holland, from Dr. Chris Connell. with thegraduating class before making her faculty address. ..................... ii i i, pl p illl i i i ii, i i, ii lil,lllll I I