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BE THE 2017 GRADUATION SPEAKER
APPLY NOW! 
 
 
Calling all graduating students! 
Become the next speaker_
Did you complete graduation requirements in Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or did you apply to graduate for Spring 2017? If so, you can apply to be a Student Speaker at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony.

This is your opportunity to share your "pearls of wisdom", "words of encouragement", or "advice for the future" with your graduating classmates. We are currently seeking applications for graduating students to give a brief three-minute speech at graduation.

To apply, just go to the Commencement Ceremony web page  and submit the application by the April 20th deadline.

It's not too late to leave your mark (or remarks) on the Class of 2017! Submit your application today!

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All applications will be reviewed by the Graduation Committee, and you will be notified if you have been selected to present your speech. Applications received from students who applied for graduation in Spring 2017 will be subject to verification of graduation eligibility by Admissions & Records.

The 2017 Commencement is on Friday, May 26th at 1:00 p.m.
   
IMPORTANT DATES 
  

April

  • April 10 - First day of Summer 2017 priority registration, by appointment. (Check your InSite for your registration date/time) 
  • April 17 - Last day to submit an early Fall 2017 graduation application to receive early registration appointment for Fall 2017
  • April 28 - Last day to withdraw from Spring 2017 full-term classes with a "W" on transcript
May
  • May 20-26 - Final exams (see schedule)
  • May 26 - Commencement at 1:00 p.m.
  • May 29 - HOLIDAY - Memorial Day - College Closed

DSPS PRESENTS

April 24 at 12_30pm
That is So Funny - A Comedy Show featuring Michael Beers

April 24, 12:30-2:00 p.m., in the Recital Hall (MU-720)  
A "VIP After Party" will be held so that the LMC community can meet Mr. Beers. Location to be announced.

LMC's Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) is pleased to sponsor an afternoon of comedy with Michael Beers, a Montana-based comedian as well as a disability activist and community organizer. Beers will perform standup comedy and will be interviewed by some surprise guests!

Questions? Contact Nina Ghiselli at  nghiselli@losmedanos.edu

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

Spring Transfer Day
 
Get your questions answered about transferring to four-year colleges.
Find out what you need to know and explore your options right here at Los Medanos College!
 
TRANSFER DAY IS LOCATED IN THE INDOOR QUAD. 
 
See who is attending

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL 2017
Earth Day Celebration - April 19th
April 19, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Quad
 
Hosted by the LMC Sustainability Committee, Environmental Sustainability Club, and Student Life Office
  • Environmental games & activities
  • Local green organizations & vendors
  • Nature preserve guided walks
  • Native plant sale
  • Free gifts and drawing!
For more information, contact the Student Life Office, (925) 473-7445.
   LMC VETERANS MAKING NEWS
Student Veterans Club lobbies Sacramento
Student veterans from community colleges state-wide gathered in Sacramento on March 8, 2017 to lobby for Veterans Resource Center (VRC) funding for all 113 California community colleges. 
 
LMC student veterans Troy White, Lamontay Marshall, Matthew Farmer and Antonio Foward met with Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, as well as Assemblyperson Jim Frazier and Senator Paul Glazier. They discussed the importance of veteran resource centers on community college campuses, and their experiences with and without VRCs.

You_re invited_
LMC Veterans Appreciation Dinner

You are cordially invited to an evening honoring LMC student veterans on Saturday, April 15 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Antioch VFW. Whether you are family, friends, LMC community or veterans support group members - All are welcome!

Student veterans and their families are free. Friends and supporters may purchase tickets for $15 per person and $25 for a family of five. Tickets available at the LMC Veterans Resource Center.

For more information, contact Diane Ferguson  (925) 473-7496 or dferguson@losmedanos.edu
STUDENT LIFE TRIP 
 
Picture of museum art
Visit the Museum of African Diaspora 
Student Life is sponsoring a trip to the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) on April 27, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Interested LMC students and staff can register to attend online at: https://goo.gl/Tb0UlX

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is dedicated to sharing the art and stories of our common African heritage with audiences from around the world. Located at 685 Mission St, San Francisco, MoAD is uniquely positioned as one of the few museums in the world focused exclusively on African Diaspora culture and presenting the rich cultural heritage of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures all across the globe.
 
For more information, contact the Student Life Office: (925) 473-7554

GET READY FOR REGISTRATION!

Summer and Fall registration appointments have been assigned!

Summer priority registration began April 10. Fall priority registration begins May 1. Please check your "My Priority Registration Appointment" in WebAdvisor or just look on the portal for the first date that you can register.
 
New students should have completed orientation, assessment and a student education plan in order to receive a priority registration appointment for Summer or Fall. If you have not completed these 3 items, you may do so in order to receive an updated appointment.
 
Students who have over 100 degree-applicable units or who are on second semester probation or dismissal will receive a lower registration date. Students who qualify may file a Registration Appointment Appeal. For Summer-the deadline is April 15th, for Fall-the deadline is April 30. No late appeals will be accepted. Please see instructions on the form.
 
For the best selection of classes, it is strongly recommended you register on your registration date.
 

GRADUATION INFO
Applied for Graduation_ Now What_


I Applied for Graduation. Now What?
Students who applied for Spring 2017 graduation will receive notification of their graduation status on or around May 1. An email will be sent to your InSite email account. If your status is "approved" or "pending" you will receive an invitation to participate in the commencement ceremony around May 10th. More information can be found at the link:
http://www.losmedanos.edu/graduation/ceremony.aspx
 
Did you miss the Grad Application Deadline, but still want to participate?
If you did not apply for graduation before the March 1st deadline OR you are completing your classes in summer 2017 and you wish to participate in the 2017 commencement ceremony, you may file an Application for Graduation AND an Application to Walk in Ceremony with Coursework Remaining. These forms must be filed by April 18, 2017. Your degree will be posted in summer.
 
Commencement Ceremony Information
Information about the commencement ceremony is posted on the website. This year's ceremony is Friday, May 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm. If you completed your degrees and certificates in Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or your application is "approved" or "pending" for Spring 2017 or you have submitted an Application to Walk in Ceremony with Coursework Remaining for Summer 2017, you will be invited to participate in the ceremony.
WHAT'S NEW WITH FINANCIAL AID 

Financial Aid Self Service Portal Coming Soon!
Students will soon have an easy-to-navigate website with real time financial aid information at their fingertips! In the 2017-2018 school year, Financial Aid will be integrating with the Self Service Portal already in use by Counseling and Admissions & Records. Color-coded information will alert students with SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) warnings and suspension statuses. Also, required documents will be listed along with links to forms. More information coming soon!

Student with money
2017-2018 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Application is NOW available
If you're in need of tuition help this Summer, Fall, and for Spring 2018, apply now for the 2017-2018 Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW). To apply, go to the Financial Aid forms page and select the BOGW Online

Please note:
If you have already completed or are planning to complete a 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you do not need to complete a separate BOGW application.The Financial Aid office will determine your fee waiver eligibility based on your FAFSA.
  
You don't have to be a full-time student to be eligible for financial a id
Students who are not full time (less than 12 units) may still be eligible for financial aid. Students will receive a percentage of their awarded grants depending on enrollment status. To learn how financial aid is calculated, please visit   Student Aid Calculation.

It's not too late to apply for FAFSA
Students who have not applied or received financial aid for the current school year still have time. We encourage all students who were enrolled in the Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and plan to enroll in Summer 2017 to complete a 2016-2017 FAFSA . For students planning to enroll in Fall 2017, please complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA.
SCHOLARSHIP NEWS & INFORMATION

Congratulations to our winners

LMC Students Awarded 2017 Kennedy King Memorial Scholarships 
Congratulations to our 13 LMC Transfer Students who were each awarded the $10,000 Kennedy King Memorial Transfer Scholarship!  These deserving students have persevered through personal obstacles and with the aid of this scholarship will continue on to reach their educational goals. Well done all!

LMC Foundation Scholarships
Did you apply for a 2017-18 LMC Foundation Scholarship? Applicants will be notified the last week of April through their student InSite Email regarding the status of their application. For those students who are awarded a Foundation Scholarship, the LMC Foundation Scholarship Ceremony and Donor Recognition Reception will be on Friday, May 19, 2017. Scholarship awardees are required to attend. So, SAVE THE DATE! More information coming soon!
 
Scholarship Opportunities
GM Automotive Retail Scholarship for Women - up to $5,000 - Apply by: 04/15/17
East Bay Association for Women in Science - $1,000 - Apply by: 04/28/17
Contra Costa Association of Realtors Scholarship Foundation - $1,500- $2,500 - Apply by: 04/30/17
The Point Community College Scholarship - LBGTQ Students - up to $3,700 - Apply by: 05/01/17

For more information about these and other scholarship opportunities, visit:  http://www.losmedanos.edu/scholarships/list.asp
Students at the Brentwood Center
 
BRENTWOOD CENTER UPDATES

Brentwood Center Student Services
Did you know about all the Student Services that the Brentwood Center offers? We have all the help you need and more. Take a look!

Assessment 
The first step for determining your English and math placements is to go to the Assessment Center web page and fill out a Multiple Measures Placement Form. Once that is processed, your placements will be available to you in your Student Planner.  If, after filling out the form you still need a placement test, dates are available at the Brentwood Center from now through summer. For more information and to schedule an assessment, click here.

Education Plan Workshops
For help with planning out your classes, and to learn how to use the Student Planner, you can sign up for a counselor-led Education Plan Workshop, which are held throughout the year. To view the workshop schedule and to make an appointment, click here
 
Disabled Students Programs and Services(DSPS)
DSPS provides support to students with disabilities allowing them to fully participate in, and benefit from,  college courses.  Services include: counseling appointments, priority registration, alternative testing, adaptive computer technology, sign language interpreters, textbooks recorded on audio file and Braille.

Call the DSPS office at (925) 473-7471 to schedule a counseling appointment.  To learn more about DSPS services and how to apply, visit the  DSPS web page.
 
Tutoring Services 
Prepare for mid-terms and finals by taking advantage of the free tutoring services offered at the Center for Academic Support, Room 13.  We offer drop-in tutoring in many subject areas, as well as one-on-one reading and writing support services offered by English faculty. Take a look at the schedule of services posted here.

Tutoring services are drop-in.  To schedule an appointment for one-on-one reading and writing services, just stop by the office or call (925) 513-1625.
 
Transfer Planning
 A Transfer Planning workshop with counselor David Reyes is coming to the Brentwood Center on Tuesday, April 25, from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Room 9 Computer Lab.  Learn how to prepare for the upcoming application process! No appointment is needed; just show up to take advantage of this valuable transfer information!  More information can be found on the  Transfer Center website.
 
University Tours
Take advantage of this opportunity to become familiar with many four-year institutions and learn first hand what each has to offer in terms of academics and student life. Transportation is provided and unless otherwise stated, tours are FREE. All tours now have pick-up and drop-off times at the Brentwood Center and the Pittsburg Campus.  Visit the Transfer Center Tour page for more information and to sign up.    
 
CSU East Bay Advisor Appointments
An advisor from CSU East Bay will be at the Brentwood Center on April 24th and May 9th to meet with students by appointment for prerequisite questions and transfer planning. You can book an appointment with the advisor by stopping in at or calling the Brentwood Center, or you can make an appointment online.