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Nevada State College Announces Largest Graduating Class in History Ahead of Spring Commencement

May 5, 2023 | Campus News

Commencement 2023, May Sixth, Nevada State Stamp, Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas, NV

Nevada State College (Nevada State) will celebrate its largest graduating class of 895 graduates at the spring 2023 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6.

Founded in 2002, Nevada State has become the fastest growing institution in the state, boasting a student body of 7,162 students in its undergraduate and master’s programs. Following spring commencement, Nevada State will surpass 7,700 alumni. For the first time in 20 years, Nevada State has more alumni than students currently enrolled.

The nearly 900 graduates will earn degrees in Nevada State’s over 65 majors and minors including nursing, psychology, business, education, speech-language pathology, and criminal justice. During the ceremony, Julio Gerardo Garcia will receive the Sam Lieberman Regents’ Award for Student Scholarship and Donavan Lamont McIntosh, student speaker, will deliver remarks to the Class of 2023.

“We are proud of Nevada State’s continued growth and expansion over the past two decades and our 900 students graduating this spring,” says Nevada State College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard. “The diversity of our student population continues to grow, and we are proud to serve and provide quality and affordable higher education to our diverse student body with a majority of students of color, first-generation, immigrant, non-traditional and transfer students.”

Nevada State’s growing nursing program is proud to celebrate over 358 graduates this spring, with 2,500 graduates having been conferred some form of nursing credential in just the last decade.

Nevada State has also seen a 70% increase in graduates in the School of Education over the past five years with 151 graduates this year. To help address Nevada’s teacher shortage, Nevada State is supporting aspiring teachers in the education program this year with fully covered tuition through a $3 million grant from CCSD.

Nevada State’s 2-year Speech Language Pathology master’s program, introduced in the fall of 2019, is also one of Nevada State’s most significant graduate programs and the first graduate level program to be offered at the institution. This spring, 40 students will graduate.