Cuesta College will graduate 738 students at the 47th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18.

The Cuesta College 2012 graduating class, which includes students that have completed degree requirements in fall 2011, spring 2012 and summer 2012 semesters, earned a total of 858 degrees.

Students from four international countries, including India, Japan, Poland and Russia, and seven states, including Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon and Washington are among the graduating class.

The graduates range in age from 17 to 71, and degrees will be bestowed upon 276 males and 462 females. Of the graduates, 127 earned honors or high honors by achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, including four that earned a perfect 4.0.

Cuesta’s 47th general commencement ceremony will start at 5 p.m. on May 18 at the Cuesta College Gymnasium on the San Luis Obispo campus. The graduate lineup will begin at 4 p.m.

Graduates of the registered nursing program will be honored at a celebration ceremony from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on May 18 in the gym. Graduates of the vocational nursing program will also be recognized at a celebration ceremony on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Culinary Arts Academy in Paso Robles.

The general commencement and registered nursing ceremonies will be broadcast live and replayed on Charter Cable Channel 19.

Released May 10, 2012