Cuesta College will graduate 645 students at the 46th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 20.

The Cuesta College 2011 graduating class, which includes students that have completed degree requirements in the fall 2010, spring 2011 and summer 2011 semesters, earned a total of 765 degrees.

Students from three international countries, including Canada, Honduras, and India, and five states, including Arizona, Idaho, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington are among the graduating class.

The graduates range in age from 18 to 66, and include one set of siblings, one father and son duo, and one set of cousins. Of the graduates, 112 students earned honors or high honors by achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, including three who earned a perfect 4.0.

The 46th general commencement ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on May 20 at the Cuesta College Gymnasium on the San Luis Obispo campus, with the graduate lineup beginning at 4 p.m.

Graduates of the registered nursing program will be honored at a celebration ceremony from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on May 20 in the gym. Graduates of the vocational nursing program will also be recognized at a celebration ceremony on Saturday, May 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Culinary Arts Academy in Paso Robles.

The general commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on Charter Cable Channel 19. DVDs of the general and registered nursing commencement ceremonies will be available for purchase in the Cuesta College bookstore or online at for $10 each or $13 to receive them by mail.

Released May 13, 2011