By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – The Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students at California State University, San Bernardino will hold its annual Latino graduate recognition ceremony on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at Coussoulis Arena to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating Latinos.
Guests may still pay a $5 admission per person at the door in cash only. Parking on campus is complimentary in Lots G and H.
“Latino Grad is truly a cultural celebration of students’ accomplishments and the commitment of our faculty and staff who have helped them get here,” said Paul Amaya, ALFSS president and director of CSUSB’s Center for International Students and Programs. “This is a culmination of a long journey which, for most, was not without obstacles.”
“In addition to achieving a college diploma, it is always inspiring to hear them thank their family and friends who have supported them along the way. It fills my heart with pride,” said Amaya, who will be the master of ceremonies.
More than 200 graduating students are expected to participate, according to event planners. About 20 faculty members dressed in full regalia will lead the procession and will also sash the graduates with a cultural stole.
Opening prayer will be officiated by Sister Maria Asopesio Iosefo, campus ministry representative of the Catholic Newman Club at CSUSB and the Diocese of San Bernardino.
CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales will make welcome remarks, followed by keynote speaker, U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar of California’s 31st Congressional District and a former mayor of Redlands. The topic of his address will be “Strength and Significance in Community.”
The graduates will proceed through the stage after receiving their cultural stole, greet the platform party and have the opportunity to give a 15-second shout-out to their families on the microphone.
Cultural entertainment will be from 9-10 a.m., provided by Mariachi Generación Musical of Rialto; Christian Sanchez of Orange County will perform “Music of the Andes;” and Danzas de Aztlan from San Bernardino County will perform Aztec dance interpretations.
This year, ALFSS and Cardenas Markets, in conjunction with CSUSB’s Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) project, will award a total of 12 scholarships to students.
ALFSS will present $1,000 scholarships to five students:
· Ericka Flores, junior, sociology;
· Sophia Fregoso Pena, senior, liberal studies, integrated track;
· Emmanuel Garcia, junior, business administration;
· Julissa Arielle Gonzalez, (continuing) freshman, biology; and
· Valerie Zometa, junior business administration, accounting.
Cardenas/LEAD will award $1,500 to seven students:
· Francisco Alfaro, senior, business administration, accounting;
· Demi Ambriz, (continuing) freshman, business administration;
· Isela Fernandez, junior, health science, public health;
· Richard Flores, junior, communication, media studies;
· Silvana Johnston, junior, psychology;
· Brianna Sotelo, (incoming) freshman; communication; and
· Jessica Valencia, (continuing) freshman; nutrition and food sciences.