Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) delivered a keynote address to the 2016 and 2017 graduates of Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) during the college’s 2017 commencement ceremony on June 6th.
“I am so honored to join the President, Board of Trustees, LA Southwest College Foundation Board, faculty, staff, and the greater Los Angeles community to celebrate the achievements of the 2016 and 2017 graduating classes,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “LASC is a college where hundreds of students choose to enroll every year in pursuit of an education and the training they need for their careers, and it has an outstanding track-record for preparing working adults, single parents, and other non-traditional students for the workforce; I am proud to represent LASC in the work that I do in the United States Congress.”
The 2017 commencement recognized over 700 graduates from the Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 classes. Congresswoman Waters highlighted the achievements of four members of the graduating classes during her address:
- Valedictorian, Soraida Saballos-Rodas, a 25 year old Los Angeles native who maintained a 3.959 grade-point average.
- Salutatorian, Claudia Perez, a 44 year old resident of Gardena who maintained a 3.955 grade-point average.
- The youngest candidate for graduation, Kelechi Udeze, a 15 year old Middle College High School student who maintained a 3.870 grade-point average.
- The oldest candidate for graduation, Frances Harris , a 72 year old candidate for a transfer degree in Psychology who also received a degree in Liberal Arts in fall 2014 from LASC.
“These four graduates are just a few examples of the strength and resilience of LASC students,” said Congresswoman Waters. “I celebrate you today not because of your failures, but because you succeeded in spite of all odds stacked against you. Every time you fell, you got back up — never forgetting who you were and what you set out to achieve by enrolling in this college.”
Source: LA Sentinel