On June 7, we hosted our annual commencement ceremony in the visiting room at San Quentin State Prison. Twelve graduates received their Associate of Arts degrees surrounded by family, friends, fellow students, MTC staff and board members, and other supporters.
Kenneth Hartman, a freelance writer and Development Coordinator and Prison Program Specialist at The Catalyst Foundation, delivered the keynote address, sharing his own experience of incarceration and life after release, urging them not to give up or give in, because their lives matter.
Tommy "Shakur" Ross gave the valedictory speech, highlighting how college helped him to develop social and emotional coping skills and reflecting one of our College's fundamental values: education is a human right and a vehicle for self-discovery, growth, and connection.
Please note: Previous to September 2020, Mount Tamalpais College operated at San Quentin State Prison as the Prison University Project and students received their degrees from our accredited university partner, Patten University.