ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Mildred García: Taking Pride in Our Students’ Resilient Spirit

As president of California State University, Fullerton, I am often asked what my favorite time of the academic year is, and my answer is unequivocal and without reservation: Commencement.

And yet, I must admit, there are times throughout our students’ journey in which my pride for their accomplishments rivals that of the day they achieve their degree. These are moments of unprecedented excellence, leadership and fortitude in both the classroom and the communities we serve. And, on a recent day of sorrow and reflection within our campus community, this resilient spirit caused my pride to swell to the aforementioned commencement levels.

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