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Local students graduated December 15, 2012, from Fresno Pacific University.

Christine Alcaraz, David Bonilla, Roxanne Contreras, Tina Flores, Erica Romo-Solorio, and Celena Watson, all of Coalinga, were among 417 graduates at the university’s spring commencement, which took place in the Special Events Center on the main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut St., Fresno.

Alcaraz received a B.A. in Business Management. Bonilla received a M.A. in Kinesiology. Contreras received a B.A. in Early Childhood Development. Flores received a B.A. in Early Childhood Development. Romo-Solorio received a B.A. in Early-Childhood Development. Watson received a B.A. in Liberal Arts-Land/People Valley

Alcaraz, and Flores graduated with honors. Watson graduated with high honors.

The ceremony for the 150 traditional undergraduates and graduate students—including seminary graduates earning master’s degrees—was at 10:00 a.m., and the ceremony for the 267 bachelor’s degree completion students was at 6:00 p.m.

The commencement address was by Pete C. Menjares, Ph.D., president of FPU.

Commencement can be viewed free online at


Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. This year about 3,500 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 50-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced. The university also reaches more than 8,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university and is the Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked among the best in the Western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report.

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