Csn hits a record number of students – despite the hardship caused by the pandemic, 4,000 degrees and certificates awarded



The College of Southern Nevada will complete its largest class to date at its 49th annual opening ceremony on May 15 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

According to preliminary data, 3,882 students are entitled to 4,002 degrees and certificates. The official spring 2021 figures will be available as soon as the grades are final.

Over the past decade, CSN has seen more than 25,000 students earn their degrees and certificates and drive the growth and diversification of the southern Nevada economy.

“I am so incredibly proud of our graduates who endured an unprecedented year of hardship,” said CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza. “The record size of this year’s senior year testifies to the determination of everyone at CSN to empower our students and communities to thrive and thrive – regardless of barriers.”

In addition to college officials and our graduate advisor, Sharica Lee, US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and US MP Susie Lee are scheduled for graduate attendance.

Almost every fourth graduate of this year’s graduation class is the first in their family to graduate from college. One third of the graduates are Hispanic. More than 90 percent of CSN’s graduates remain in Nevada after graduation and choose either to continue their education by moving to a four-year institution or to join the workforce and boost the region’s economy.

Media are invited to attend the ceremony. Interviews with college officials and outstanding graduates are available.

What: CSN’s 49th annual opening ceremony

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15th

Where: Sam Boyd Stadium 7000 East Russell Road, Las Vegas

All participants must wear a mask, temperatures will be checked upon admission and social distancing guidelines apply.

CSN 2021 Outstanding Graduates

Adrian Edward Bell Adrian Edward Bell received the Regents’ Scholar Award from the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The CSN sophomore is a full-time first-generation college student en route to graduation as an Associate of Business. After graduation, he plans to continue his education at a four-year institution while further honing his business skills. Bell attributes its success to date to a strong support system led by its parents, mentors and teachers.

Sharica Lee Sharica Lee is graduating from CSN with an associate degree in psychology and is expected to study at UNLV this fall for a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in addiction treatment. Sharica will remain a dedicated student at UNLV by applying for the Neuropsychology Research Assistant Volunteer position in hopes of an opportunity to develop her research and leadership skills. Joining the Psi Chi International Honor Society and the Psychology Club Chapter of the UNLV are also among her immediate goals. Lee is a caregiver, mother, and proud wife of a disabled US Army veteran.

Amanda Anderson Amanda (Mandy) Anderson is earning an associate degree and plans to continue her education at CSN by enrolling for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in environmental management. Originally from Las Vegas, she is planning a career as director of environmental sustainability for a large international company. Anderson did all of her course work online during the pandemic. “Unfortunately, the pandemic lasted longer than we all initially expected and I had to take all of my courses online, including the science labs,” she said. “This was my first time learning remotely, which led me to reevaluate the learning habits that worked best. It was a challenge to learn from home when there are multiple distractions. “

Nathacha Nucamendi Nathacha Nucamendi is a native of Las Vegas who is graduating as an Associate of Arts and moving to UNLV for a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She worked two full-time jobs, conducted distance learning, and navigated public transport during the pandemic to graduate. Nucamendi attributes much of its success to its strong support system and is optimistic about the future. “We did it. It hasn’t been easy to navigate the past few years and focus on our goals, but the Class of 2021 did it!” She said. “Oh, the places we’re going to go.



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