LBCC Celebrates the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022
An exciting Commencement Ceremony for Long Beach City College

Picture of students walking to their seats at Commencement on Thursday, June 9, 2022

With much anticipation, Long Beach City College held its Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 9th at Veterans Stadium. This event held a special meaning for graduating students, as we celebrated not just the class of 2022, but the classes of 2020 and 2021 as well. The last in-person ceremony took place in 2019 with more than 800 graduates, with the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies being held virtually in their respective years.

The ceremony was filled with wonderful speakers, including Writer/Filmmaker Moisés Zamora, who served as the keynote speaker for the epic return to in-person Commencement festivities. Inspiring remarks were also given by LBCC Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz, LBCC Board of Trustees President Uduak-Joe Ntuk, and Class of 2022 Valedictorian Maya Montez.

Maya has earned recognition on the Dean’s List with Great Distinction every semester, finishing with a 4.0 cumulative GPA over her two years attending LBCC. She enjoyed her time in the Honors Program, the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, the Viking Volunteer Program, and the John Fylpaa Leadership Institute. Upon graduating high school in 2020, Maya finished in the top 10% of her class and graduated with the coveted Summa Cum Laude title. Maya’s recent accolades include an award from the Honors Transfer Council of California, being named a Gold Scholar on Coca-Cola’s 2022 Academic Scholars Team and to the All-California Academic 1st Team, and being awarded the LBCC President’s Scholar Honors Student award. Maya is transferring to UC Santa Barbara to study Biopsychology. Her future plans include earning her Doctorate degree and to create her own private clinic to provide mental health services for the underrepresented populations in society who do not have adequate access to healthcare services.

Tickets were not required and the public was warmly invited to attend. Those who could not join in person were able to watch the live stream at  

Long Beach City College consists of two campuses with an enrollment of over 25,000 students each semester. The education program’s primary purpose is to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions, entry into work or career development, and support businesses in economic development. Long Beach City College serves the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, and Avalon.  Long Beach City College promotes equitable student learning and achievement, academic excellence, and workforce development by delivering high-quality educational programs and support services to our diverse communities.  Visit for more information on Long Beach City College.

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