Posts Tagged ‘Commencement’

Back in Time with Cogswell College Commencements

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Since our 2013 Commencement takes place tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to take a look at a few of the graduating classes. Our first graduation ceremony took place in 1891.

Faculty and Graduates on the steps of our first campus in 1911.

Class of 1957

Centenial Celebration in 1987 when past grads joined us for Commencement

Class of 1999

Class of 2007

Our Future-Cogswell’s 2011 Commencement Speech

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

It’s a spectacular moment when you know that your college rocks after finding out that a White House worker will be speaking at the present graduating class graduation. It’s even more so when said worker is very informative about the industry that most of the graduating students are going into and a witty sense of humor to boot! (more…)

Cogswell Held 2010 Commencement May 15

Monday, May 17th, 2010
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Graduates Stepan Shurygin (left) and Phillip Jenne (right). Images by Stagi Imagery http://wedclix.com/

Cogswell Polytechnical College held its 2010 Commencement on Saturday, May 15. Participants processed into the hall behind the Stewart Highlands Pipe Band of Menlo Park, led by Joe Roberts.

The ceremony took place at the San Jose Marriott hotel on Market Street in the second floor ballroom. Cogswell individually recognized each of the 27 graduates participating in the ceremony. In addition, awards were presented to outstanding students in each of the degree programs, two faculty members and a staff member.

Presiding Officials included: Dr. Chester Haskell, President; Mr. Michael Martin, Dean of the College, Mr. Michael Novak, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Reid Winfrey, representing the Cogswell College Faculty Senate.

Award presenters included: Dr. Chester Haskell for the President’s Award and the Faculty and Staff awards, Mr. Reid Winfrey for Digital Art and Animation, Dr. Kathleen Broome Williams for General Education, Dr. Timothy Duncan for Digital Audio Technology, Mr. Vinh Phat for Engineering, Mr. Rob Chaitin for Student Life and Dr. Younes Mourchid for Fire Science.

For their high academic achievement, graduates Wayne Daily, Degrees at a Distance/Fire Science and Robert Ernst, Digital Audio Technology were selected to speak to the estimated 500 graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff in attendance.

Mr. Gareth Chang delivered the Commencement Address. 

  • Student Award Recipients:
    • 2010 President’s Award for Outstanding Student – Stepan Shurygin
    • 2010 Outstanding Student, Digital Art and Animation – Jessica DeLacy
    • 2010 Outstanding Student, General Education – Joseph Nery
    • 2010 Outstanding Student, Digital Audio Technology – Robert Ernst
    • 2010 Outstanding Student, Engineering – Dean Sala
    • 2010 Outstanding Student, Student Life – Phillip Jenne
    • 2010 National Fire Academy Achievement Award – Wayne Dailey
    • 2010 National Fire Academy Achievement Award – Brad Palmer
    • 2010 National Fire Academy Achievement Award – Jason Senior
  • Faculty Award Recipients:
    • 2010 Dorothy Scholten Award for Excellence in Teaching – Dave Perry
    • 2010 John & Ginnie Chin Excellence in Teaching Award – Tim Duncan

Staff Award Recipients: 2010 President’s Award for Outstanding Staff – Cindy Ha

About the Commencement Speaker: Mr. Chang is the Chairman and Managing Partner of GC3 & Associates International LLC, a private investment and consulting company. He has over 30 years experience in developing high-tech and media businesses in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently the founding Chairman of D5 Studio which focuses on production and distribution of 3D animation, TV dramas and feature films for international markets. He is also the Chairman of Netstar Group Holding Company, a private equity funded network integration enterprise located in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, as well as Chairman/CEO of Towona Media Holding Company, a mobile TV enterprise headquartered in Beijing. Read more.

Cogswell Celebrates Commencement With a Look Back

Friday, May 14th, 2010

1915As Cogswell looks forward to its Commencement Ceremony on May 15, 2010, we take a look back at Cogswell’s long history of graduating exceptional students. The following article appeared in the June 13, 1915 edition of the San Francisco Examiner. At the time Cogswell was a co-educational high school.

“Graduation exercises at the Cogswell Polytechnical College occurred on Thursday, June 3. The address of the occasion was delivered by Rev. Chas. F. Bazata, who spoke on the theme of development of character and preparation for service to the community.

Through the generosity of the late Robert Ewing, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the school, gold medals, three in number, were awarded under a provision of the bequest of Mr. Ewing. These are to be known as the Robert Ewing Medals, and are to be awarded annually.

The medal awards are to be decided on a basis of improvement during the course, rather than upon superior ability. One is to be competed for by both girls and boys in the general course, one is to be competed for by girls in the domestic science training branches, and one is to be competed for by boys in the mechanic arts’ line.

The medals were awarded by Mr. Jas. W. Kerr, a member of the Board of Trustees. Medals were received by: Gladys Edith Schulte, General Course; Olga Matilda Johnson, Girl’s Technology; William Henry Lunsmann, Boys’ Technology.

Diplomas were granted to the following students by Mr. R.V. Lucy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees: Henry J. Bachtold, Raymond F.N. Bachnemann, Ernest R. Bridgett, Henry Chicourrat, Hildegard E. Enders, Roderick C. Fischer, Henry J. Gerdan, Agnes C. Hansen, Charles S.G. Hiden, A. Harold Hooke, Elmer S. Jackson, Ivah Jacobsen, Olga M. Johnson, Frieda E. Loewe, Sik Chew Lui, William H. Lunsmann, William C. Morris, Urwin Merriman, Rebecca Orwitz, Thelma C. Raspadore, Gladys Richardson, Sidney Samuels, Gladys E. Schulte, Willard Thompson, Minna H. Toloski, Frank A. Trachsler, Frances L. Wagner, Adeline A. Wirtz, Sophia B. Trost.

Gareth Chang Keynote Speaker at Commencement

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Gareth ChangCogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that Cogswell Trustee, Gareth Chang, will provide the keynote address at its upcoming Commencement. The ceremony takes place at the San Jose Marriott on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 11:00am. He has been instrumental in helping the College build ties with Chinese companies and universities.

Mr. Chang is the Chairman and Managing Partner of GC3 & Associates International LLC, a private investment and consulting company. He has over 30 years experience in developing high-tech and media businesses in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently the founding Chairman of D5 Studio which focuses on production and distribution of 3D animation, TV dramas and feature films for international markets. He is also the Chairman of Netstar Group Holding Company, a private equity funded network integration enterprise located in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, as well as Chairman/CEO of Towona Media Holding Company, a mobile TV enterprise headquartered in Beijing. (more…)