California State University-Los Angeles President Dr. James M. Rosser will be the commencement speaker at Santa Monica College’s graduation ceremony, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12.

The commencement ceremony on Corsair Field will be webcast live and available on the SMC alumni website at, for the third year in a row.

About 550 graduates are expected to attend the festive ceremonies. In addition, the SMC Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Gilda Clift Breland, an attorney who has won numerous awards for her community service and professional accomplishments.

Through the alumni webpage, graduates will also be able to watch videos and read and post comments.

After the ceremonies, the alumni association will host a reception on the Quad, with free hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and two photo booths where pictures will be taken and uploaded on the alumni website. A compilation video will be available on the website about a week after graduation.

“The SMC community has welcomed students from down the street, across the country and all over the world, and we will always be here to welcome them home,” said Dr. Barbara K. Ige, assistant director of campus and alumni relations.