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Graduates at Hancock college up 14 percent over last year

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Allan Hancock College
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Hundreds of Allan Hancock College graduates received their diplomas during the college’s 93rd annual commencement ceremony on Friday.

Nearly 2,000 people were in attendance at the ceremony that took place on the lawn of the Commons on the Santa Maria campus.

The graduates participating in the commencement were among the 858 students who earned 1,221 associate in arts of science degrees during the 2013-14 school year, marking a 14 percent increase from last year, and a 20 percent jump in total degrees.

The median age of this year’s graduating class was 24. The youngest graduate was 17-year old Micah Anthes, who earned an A.A. in liberal arts-transfer: arts and humanities. The Santa Maria native will enroll at Cal Poly in the fall.

The oldest was 74-year old James Robbins of Santa Maria, who earned two A.A. degrees. He said he enrolled at Hancock to inspire his granddaughters to continue their education.