WLAC Graduates Largest Baccalaureate Class in California Community Colleges on 50th Anniversary

“You owe us all a debt, public dollars finance community colleges,” said Senator Holly J. Mitchell at the milestone 50th Commencement Ceremony at West Los Angeles College. “You know what we want? We want you to be the best you can possibly be. We’re asking you to step up, step out, be the change makers, be excellent in your field of study. California is the fifth largest economy in the world and it’s counting on you to be the innovators to take us into the future.”

This year’s commencement not only marked the official start of a 12-month celebration of the College’s golden anniversary, but was a historical first. West was one of only 15 California Community Colleges which conferred Bachelor’s degrees. The 29 Dental Hygiene graduates made up the largest Baccalaureate class from a community college in the entire State, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Additionally, Culver City High alumni and residents were among the proud graduates transferring to well-known universities and lucrative careers.

Culver City High School alumnus Cesar Loya admits he underperformed in high school. “I didn’t know if I was going to succeed in college.” But succeed he did…

Other Culver City alumni include Sierra Lopez and Ellsa Duran. Lopez made the short hop to West soon after graduating from CCHS. Now she is ready to make the big leap to California State University Dominguez Hills…

Victoria Sanders attended Culver City Adult School before enrolling at West. She too had to balance work and family with school…

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