Merritt College President's Report

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Merritt College Virtual Commencement and Campus Celebration

Merritt College wishes to express gratitude to the Director of Student Activities and Campus Life Doris Hankins, and the rest of the planning team for all of their work on the Virtual Commencement and Campus Celebration. 

The in-person graduation event drew several hundred students, friends, and family members to Merritt—a far greater turnout than initially anticipated. But in the end, the event underscored how eager Merritt students are for connection and the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments. The graduates were treated to remarks by the ASMC President and PCCD Student Trustee Leesa Hogan, and were fortunate to have Oakland Councilmember Loren Taylor, Trustee Linda Handy, and Trustee Kevin Jenkins in attendance as well. All things considered, the day could not have been better!


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Merritt College Participates in National Conference On Race & Ethnicity

Two weeks ago, several Merritt team members had the opportunity to attend the National Conference On Race & Ethnicity (NCORE), which was held in Portland, OR. The conference offered a welcoming and inclusive environment while emphasizing the importance of educators modeling a learning setting free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Specifically, our team’s objective was to hone in on how Merritt can create and sustain comprehensive institutional approaches to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus. We look forward to doing that work and are committed to availing ourselves of the tools and resources that the team will share and help implement at the college.


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Merritt College Student Enrollment

As we kick off the Summer 2022 term this week, here is a quick snapshot of Merritt’s enrollment. As of Friday, June 10th, our summer school Resident, FTES stood at 289.28, which is a little more than 82% of our enrollment target. We have kept a number of lower-enrolled sections (over a dozen) as a result of student and/or program needs, and have even added sections to meet student demand for classes in certain disciplines. Finally, EdSource is running a feature on Merritt College because we are one of the few community colleges in the state to have actually increased our student headcount from the Fall 2020 semester to the Fall 2021 term. Great job!!




This article is taken from the President’s Report, written by Dr. David M. Johnson, Merritt College President, that was presented to the PCCD Board of Trustees during their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. To view as a pdf, click here.

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