Noted Educator and Author Dr. Betty Jones to Give Commencement Address to Pacific Oaks College Northern California Graduating Class in Watsonville

Pacific Oaks College Faculty Emerita, Elizabeth (Betty) Jones, Ph.D., will give the commencement address, in both English and Spanish, to the graduating class of  Pacific Oaks College Northern California students.  Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Human Development will be awarded to 55 students from throughout Northern California at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville.

“We are honored to have Dr. Jones be our commencement speaker at our graduation ceremony for students enrolled in Pacific Oaks College Northern California instructional sites,” said Pacific Oaks College President Ezat Parnia, Ph.D. “It’s only fitting that this address be given by Dr. Jones, since she spent 55 years of her life on the faculty of our College and has an outstanding reputation as a professor, lecturer and author of several books and numerous articles on child development.”

Dr. Jones became interested in early childhood while attending College of the Pacific in Stockton. After earning her Master’s Degree in Child Development at the University of Wisconsin she returned to California with a job at Pacific Oaks Friends School in Pasadena, which later became Pacific Oaks College.  She has taught at the college ever since.

Dr. Jones grew up in Oakland and two of her children attended UC Santa Cruz.  She has been a long-time consultant to schools in Soledad and Salinas.