You have reached a significant milestone in completing your studies here at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and for that, let me congratulate you! The hard work you’ve put in to get to this point is an excellent investment in yourself and your future.
Today, we honor your achievements during your time at ELAC. Your years here have been marked by intellectual exploration, deep immersion in your chosen field, and extraordinary hard work, all undertaken during a time of great challenge.
Throughout your time at East Los Angeles College, you have acquired new knowledge and skills, gained invaluable experiences, and have grown as scholars. Even when faced with challenges, you remained committed to completing your education. I know that the support from your families, loved ones, and friends contributed to your success. Savor this moment with them as you lay the foundation for significant achievements in the years ahead.
As you embark upon the next phase of your journey, continuing your education or beginning your career, I urge you to apply your knowledge and skills with compassion and integrity. You are well prepared to be leaders; we expect no less from you.
Our campus serves students with empathy, and for many who enroll here, it is their second chance. Our faculty, staff, and administrators work together to turn their lives around and help them reach their academic goals. This is who we are, and it is in the fabric of our college to serve students equitably.
On behalf of everyone at East Los Angeles College, we congratulate you and are honored to share this special milestone with you. As you succeed in whatever path you take, remember to find ways to help your community so that those who come after you may have the same opportunity to succeed. We are so proud of you and celebrate you as you embark on the next stage of your journey.
With respect and admiration,
Dr. Alberto J. Román
East Los Angeles College