More than 1,000 graduates expected for 2013

The 97th Citrus College Commencement will take place June 15 at 10 a.m. in the stadium.

Of the 1,470 students earning associates degrees, 1,145 are expected to walk in the ceremony.

“I believe that the class of 2013 will demonstrate the value of their Citrus College education as they transfer to universities or move into new careers,” said Arvid Spor, vice president of student services. “I look forward to hearing from our graduates in the coming years as they tell us about their success.”

The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be given to Bernard D. Bollinger, Laura Bollinger, and Phyllis Fritz. The Citrus Alumni and Friends Association nominate the alumni. The awards are given to former Citrus students who have achieved success in their lives.

One recipient of the award is Phyllis Fritz, a local realtor and Glendora resident. Fritz attended Citrus College in 1970 and was a member of the original Citrus Singers.

As owner/broker of Coldwell Banker Millennium in Glendora, a 16 year-old company, Fritz serves as president of the Glendora Board of Realtors and has served in additional leadership roles at the local, state and national levels. She was also named “Realtor of the Year” for 1993 for the Azusa/Glendora Association of Realtors.

She is actively involved in fundraising efforts as a member and past president of the Citrus College Foundation Board of Directors.

Fritz also contributes to the community through her involvement with the Glenkirk Church of Glendora.

Claremont resident and community activist Laura Bollinger will also receive the Distinguished Alumni award. Graduating from Ctirus in 1982, the former Citrus Singer transferred to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business.

After spending 11 years working for World Vision International, a relief organization dedicated to assisting children, she decided to focus on volunteering and involvement in the community.

She has served on the Our Lady of Assumption School Parent Board, Damien High School, the Claremont Community Foundation, the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area, Claremont Heritage, the Meadowood Association Board, the Curtain Raisers of the Claremont Colleges, and the Friends of the Claremont Library.

Distinguished alumnus Bernard D. Bollinger graduated from Citrus in 1982 and was also a member of the Citrus Singers. He transferred to the University of Southern California, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism in 1984. In 1987 he earned a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School.

Bollinger is a member of the Board of Directors for Buchalter Nemer, a law firm with offices in Los Angeles. He is also the department chair for the firm’s Insolvency & Financial Solutions Group and co-chair of their Continuing Legal Education Committee.

He is active in various organizations, including serving as a member of the board of directors for the Citrus Valley Health Partners and the Citrus Community College District Measure G Citizens Oversight Committee, where he serves as chair. He is also former president of the Friends of the Claremont Library, Citrus College Foundation, and past chair of the Claremont Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Commencement rehearsal will begin at 10 a.m. on June 14 in the stadium. Graduates should plan to arrive at least one hour early in order to complete the required paperwork. All graduates must attend rehearsal to receive instructions.

On June 15, the day of the ceremony, graduates are to report to the main entrance of the stadium, already dressed in cap and gown. The procession will start at 10 a.m. and the ceremony will last about an hour and a half. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.

Guests are encouraged to arrive one hour early as the parking lot and stadium may become congested. No smoking or alcohol is permitted at the commencement ceremony.

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