Gustavo Arellano Addresses LBCC Graduates
Gustavo Arellano, author, editor, and syndicated columnist, addressed Long Beach City College graduates May 23 at Veterans Stadium. More than 1,500 students received AA/AS degrees or certificates this year at LBCC. The College welcomed thousands of guests, students and alumni as they celebrated the graduation ceremony. Please refer to http://photos.presstelegram.com/2012/05/photos-lbcc-graduation/ or http://www.lbcc.edu/Commencement/apps/slideshow.cfm?slideshowid=191 and http://www.gradimages.com/ for photos.
This year also marked Eloy Oakley’s sixth commencement as LBCC’s Superintendent-President. “Commencement is my favorite day of the year, and I congratulate every one of our graduates." said Oakley. "I hope they take the experience and knowledge gained at Long Beach City College into their next great endeavor and into four year institutions or the work place,” Oakley said.
Gustavo Arellano, who is well known for his "Ask a Mexican" syndicated column and books, is a product of the community college system. "I'm honored to give the commencement speech at LBCC, particularly because I'm a proud product of the California community college system. Though times are tough, I know the resolve of such students to not only overcome expectations, but blow them away, as they continue toward greatness," said Arrellano.
About Commencement speaker Gustavo Arellano:
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, and author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conqured America. He is also a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes "Ask a Mexican," a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about Mexican and Chicano culture. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States. He won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been appeard on the Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning American, and The Colbert Report. He appears regularly in the LA Times.