By Marcy Lopez

Staff Writer

Years of hard work will be rewarded at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6 when hundreds of LBCC students earn their associate’s degree or certificate during a graduation ceremony at Veterans Stadium.

Maria Rubalcava, admissions and record specialist said, “More than 1,000 students applied for graduation, but we are still evaluating applications.”

Although LBCC officials could not determine the exact number of students earning an associate of arts, associate of science of program certificate, the number in the past years has been about 800 to 900.

Teachers will be wearing cap and gowns of their own from their universities.

The deadline to submit an application to be a part of graduation was in March.

Students can obtain a retroactive degree, which means the necessary courses have been completed, but they have not yet applied to graduate.

The nursing program will have their graduation ceremony at the Auditorium on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. There will be 101 students graduating from the nursing program.

There will be a valedictorian, Ricky Brown and four student marshals, Juanita Threet, Suzannah-Rochelle Marron, Karl Schenk and Joe Smith.

2013 valedictorian Ricky Brown is from Jackson, Alabama and was in the United States Marine Corps for eight years.

He is the father of a four-year old boy. Brown’s goal is to obtain a job in factory automation where he can troubleshoot electromagnetic and robotic equipment.

Student marshal Joe Smith, 24, a broadcast and history major, will be not only receiving a certificate in broadcasting but also will be a marshal at the graduation ceremony.

Smith has been an LBCC student since 2007 and this Fall he will be attending Long Beach State.

His involvement with the Student Life program was what encouraged him to apply for marshal, he said. Smith is a member of the honors society and had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Being a student leader, Smith said, “It helped me grow as a person and helped me become a better student.” Being marshal was what motivated him to graduate. “It gave me the extra push,” he said It was what motivated him to graduate.

According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, only 45 percent of LBCC students graduate, earn a degree, or transfer to a university within six years.

Ruben Page is the LBCC transfer coordinator and has said Cal State Long Beach is the most popular school students apply to transfer to due to its proximity.