MERCED — Students with a stellar record of academic achievement were recognized Sunday at the Merced College Foundation Scholarship Program's 35th annual awards ceremony.
The awards ceremony was a precursor to the college's 50th commencement ceremony, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Don Odishoo Field.
During Sunday's awards ceremony, 124 scholarships were presented. Among the scholarship winners was Hannah Glenn, who last week was named the college's Student of the Year (which came with a $200 award). Glenn received two scholarships The Janice Dryja Memorial Scholarship for $350 and the Don Stewart Scholarship for $1,000.
College officials said they expect to award degrees and certificates to more than 1,000 students graduating during Friday's ceremony.
A total of 853 students are graduating with associate of arts or science degrees and 151 students will earn certificates of achievement, according to college officials.
Three students will be recognized with Superintendent's Honors for having completed at least 36 units of study with a 4.0 grade-point average. In addition, 139 students are graduating with honors.
Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will deliver the commencement address.
Stephen Maxey, who is graduating with degrees in international studies and psychology, will deliver the student address. His speech is titled "People Helping People."
The ceremony also will feature members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society announcing the outstanding professor of the year. A special recognition is also reserved for graduates who are U.S. military veterans.
The 1,044 awards and certificates represent an increase of 25 percent over the total for the 2011-12 academic year, according to Merced College officials.