June 2014



Dear Alumni and Friends, 

Celebrate America is coming this Saturday to the Corsair Field!!!  This will be Santa Monica College's 32nd annual Celebrate America. Don't miss the chance to come see us at the SMC Alumni booth, enjoy the festivities, and watch the spectacular fireworks! 

We have lots to celebrate as we roll into the summer. This year over 600 graduates walked across the stage and joined our global alumni network!  Once again, SMC's graduation ceremony was webcast at alumni.smc.edu for family and friends around the globe. The turnout was incredible for our second annual SMC Everywhere celebration to recognize future alumni about to complete their programs, transfer, and prepare for their next move; spirits were high, and the impact of "Your Presence Matters!" was felt across campus. If you missed the chance to "declare your next move" at the event, be sure to share your info with us so we can stay in touch! Thank you to all the alumni and friends that came back to congratulate students and ask them where they were going next. 

Scroll below to read about our Distinguished Alumni award recipient, author, social commentator and tanker surfer, Michele Serros. Check out this month's Future Alumni Focus, and enjoy the pictures from Graduation 2014! Catch up on past releases of the newsletter in our archive. Enjoy this newsletter? Like it! Tweet it! Share it! 


As always, Proud to be SMC!



Deirdre L. Weaver

Campus and Alumni Relations

(310) 434-4791



Graduation 2014 Alumni Reception
Congratulations Young Alumni!

This year, more than 600 SMC grads joined our global alumni network. But first, they celebrated their accomplishments with family, friends, faculty, staff, and alums at the 2014 alumni reception immediately following graduation. Visit the grad photo booth here.
Michele Serros Named Alum of the Year
Renowned Poet and Award-winning Spoken Word Artist Receives SMC's 2014 Distinguished Alumni Recognition Award
Serros' fondest memory of Santa Monica College was working alongside a future star, "It was fun having Rivers Cuomo (from Weezer) as my assistant at the (then) Latino Literary Center. We talked a lot about music and books. I remember thinking, 'This poor guy from Wisconsin. His band is never gonna make it.'" With the sense of humor you'd expect from an entertainment writer, Michele Serros represents the remarkable capability that lies within every student at SMC. Read more...
Future Alumni Focus
Xiang Xu

When Xiang Xu, 24, joined UCLA's Master of Fine Arts in Dance program in 2012 after graduating from the Beijing Dance Academy, one of China's most prestigious schools-he found that the program did not meet his expectations of a place where he could solidify his technique. He shared his feelings with a professor at UCLA who suggested that he try out Santa Monica College's dance department. Read more...
Celebrate America
SMC's Early Independence Day Festival, June 28

Don't miss the spectacular fireworks and entertainment of SMC's "Celebrate America" - SMC's early Independence Day festival Saturday, June 28, at Corsair Field. The SMC Alumni Association brings big school spirit with a dazzling booth featuring its iconic "Proud to be SMC" t-shirts, buttons, magnets, wrist bands, and student-guided back-stage tours of the campus. Read more...
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