Cerro Coso graduation is tonight

Tolliver to speak at commencement

Cerro Coso graduation is tonightCerro Coso Community College will host Dianne Tolliver as the alumni speaker at the 46th annual commencement ceremony this evening, May 10, at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Dr. Raymond A. McCue Sports Complex.

Tolliver, nee Butler, grew up in Ridgecrest and graduated from Burroughs High School and Cerro Coso (1978).

Her 30-year career at companies ranging from L-3 Communications to SAIC to Boeing includes positions in growth and innovation, government contract support, chief information officer and president of program operations.

Today she is an author, industry-recognized motivational speaker, change agent, leadership coach, facilitator and owner and president of Revitalize Now, LLC, based in Oakton, Va.

She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Bakersfield.

CCCC Director of Institutional Advancement Natalie Dorrell said the college is delighted to host Tolliver.

“She is not only a great supporter of higher education, having served on our alumni board many years ago, but also a role model for students launching careers. Dianne has demonstrated a work ethic second to none; her discipline and drive are an inspiration.”

Tolliver will share insights for graduates on their new beginnings.

Other speakers include IWV students Chance English and Elinelle Lee, as well as Kern River Valley student Christine Dochterman.

The festivities will also include music by the Cerro Coso Community College Band, conducted by Debra Veit.

The public is invited to attend.

Story First Published: 2019-05-10