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Graduation day for Santa Barbara City College students

Santa Barbara City College graduation

Hundreds of students participated in the Santa Barbara City College commencement ceremony at La Playa Stadium on Friday night.

According to the college, approximately 650 students were on hand to receive their degrees and certificates.

The college has more than 3,400 degrees and certificates pending for 1,600 students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

One of the graduates is Matthew Poulin who has overcome many challenges. He attended city college for 10 years, and remembers all of the times he was on the sidelines as others received their degrees.

Poulin has a learning disability, general anxiety disorder and a non-functioning thyroid gland. But, he said he got a lot of support from a special program for students with disabilities.

"This school is about second chances," he said. "It's a common theme here."

Poulin has maintained a 3.5 GPA since 2012 and was also an active Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteer.

"I have to say the most memorable rescue relates really close to home," Poulin said. "One night there was a call for lost hikers at Tunnel Trail, turns out they were one of my own city college students."

For all of his accomplishments, Poulin was chosen to be this year's Student Commencement speaker.

Poulin had this advice for incoming and outgoing students-"My message is to basically stay the course. Persevere and stay with you passions and you will be a journeyman's tale."

Poulin will pursue a Bachelor's degree in Communications  at Sonoma State University


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