State Chancellor Eloy Ortiz will Deliver 2017 Commencement Address

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor for the California Community Colleges (CCC) has been announced as Golden West College’s 50th Anniversary Commencement Keynote Speaker. A former GWC student himself, Oakley returns to his roots to share his experiences with this year’s Golden West graduates.

When accepting the invitation from President Wes Bryan, Chancellor Oakley said, “I am thrilled and humbled to have been invited to speak to the Golden West College Class of 2017. As a student attending GWC in the early 90s I was searching for a way forward and for a better understanding of myself. GWC gave me a direction and an opportunity that I will forever remember. My experiences with professors like Dr. Phil Bernard, gave me the confidence in myself that I needed to go on to serve in the many roles I have been blessed to have in the California community colleges. My experience at GWC is the reason I chose to work in community colleges and is the reason I work every day to improve the opportunities our students have in the 113 colleges that serve California. I want to thank President Bryan and the entire college community for the chance to come back to GWC.”

After serving in the U.S. Army for four years, Oakley attended Golden West College before transferring to UCI where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Analysis and Masters in Business Administration. He went on to serve as vice president of college services at Oxnard College; manager of risk services at the Coast Community College District; adjunct faculty member teaching in and coordinating the Environmental Technology Certificate Program at Golden West College. Oakley joined the Long Beach Community College District in 2002, serving as assistant superintendent/executive vice president of administrative services. He was appointed as the superintendent-president of the LBCCD in 2007. Oakley has worked hard to foster strong relationships with members of the community, state and national policy leaders, his Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff of the college.