Be Fearless: Garcetti Tells Hundreds of City College Graduates

By Diego Chavez Cadena

The epidemic interrupted many traditions, but it did not stop the thousands of students, families, colleagues, and friends from watching this year’s online commencement ceremony for the graduating class of 2020 and the Los Angeles City Mayor in the conclusion of the City College’s spring term.

“I’m so excited, that my family in Chicago will be able to attend my graduation online,” said Chay Evans, sociology major, participating in this year’s graduation with hundreds of spectators checking in from their laptops at home.

The ceremony involved a personalized slideshow for every walking alumni.

Mayor Garcetti, who provided a 19-minute keynote address, said the event filled him “with joy, with pride, and above all, with hope.” He reminded the students that the L.A. College Promise program, which first began with them in 2017, has now helped put them into a position where they can achieve anything they want to pursue.

“Be fearless, be humble, be a good listener, and lead with love,” Garcetti told them. “We need your grit. We need your hope,” he said, adding he hopes their achievements will also help improve Los Angeles.

LACCD Board of Trustees President Mike Fong attended Chancellor Rodriguez at L.A. Valley College and the afternoon commencement at Los Angeles Southwest College.

The first-ever graduating class of students who enrolled in the Los Angeles Community College District’s L.A. College Promise Program was honored this week in a special ceremony featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, Ph.D., California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and many other civic and educational leaders who gathered to highlight the historic occasion.

More than 150 students, together with about 500 family members, friends, and other invited guests, also heard from LACCD Board of Trustees member Scott Svonkin; Monica Garcia, President of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education, and Dr. William Covino, President of California State University, Los Angeles, where the special program was held at the University’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex Theater.

Student guest testimonial at the event was provided by Llisela Mateo, from Los Angeles Harbor College. She and the other College Promise students at the ceremony will officially graduate at their colleges’ commencement ceremonies on June 4.

The event marked a significant milestone for the L.A. College Promise Program that LACCD launched more than two years ago with support from Mayor Garcetti, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the City’s philanthropic community, other civic leaders and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

The District awarded more than 24,000 degrees and certificates to the students of the Class of 2020. The Collegian Wired proudly presents the ceremony in the video below.

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