News Release
  May 30, 2006


Thomas Brown, an educator with long experience in the area of student services and student advising, will be the featured speaker on June 7 when Los Angeles Mission College awards diplomas to nearly 350 degree candidates.

Mr. Brown served as an administrator in academic and student affairs for 27 years, most recently as the Dean of Advising Services and Special Programs at Saint Mary’s College of (Northern) California. At Saint Mary’s, Brown directed a number of innovative programs designed to better serve students and improve their chances of success.

One such effort was the High Potential Program involving students who were the first in their families to attend college. Even though most came from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, HP graduation rates consistently exceeded those for the college as a whole.

Upon his departure from Saint Mary’s in 1998, the students and faculty established the Dean Thomas Brown Advising Award.

Mr. Brown next directed a foundation which provided some $7 million in annual support to educational programs for students from poor backgrounds in the Western U.S. and several foreign countries. In 2001, he launched a consulting practice serving the higher education and corporate communities. Mr. Brown has served as a consultant to more than 200 community and four-year colleges and universities on increasing student success.

The class of 2006 includes 339 degree candidates, 68 percent of them women. The ages of the graduates range from 18 to 61, with 25 being the median age. The class valedictorian is Ramonito Alanes; Danielle Grimm is the salutatorian. Commencement will be held on the campus Quad.

Due to construction of Mission College’s new parking structure, there is limited parking for Commencement at the campus. Guests are encouraged to park in the temporary student parking lot at Sayre Street just north of the 210 Freeway) and ride the free shuttle bus to campus. Shuttle bus service will begin at 3:30 p.m.

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