In just a few short days hundreds of students will walk down Lemon Street and onto the Fullerton high school field, leaving Fullerton College behind and beginning a new chapter in their lives. Commencement is always an amazing event to watch and see the hundreds of students participate, so proud of what they have accomplished during their time at Fullerton College.
The memories and friendships made; the all night cramming sessions, amazing and not so amazing professors…a wonderful transition that brought them from average high school students to adults with dreams that have no limits. That is the joy of commencement and knowing that the next generation of adults will be one where nothing will stand in their way because they know that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
Another great reason I enjoy commencement is to see the variety of students who have taken advantage of community college. Many are still young and will go on to get their masters or doctorates; yet then there are those slightly [or significantly] older who after years of working in blue collar or even white collar jobs, come back to obtain their degree. I am one of those slightly older individuals. After working directly out of high school, first as an executive assistant for over a year and then as a billing administrator [accounting department] for nearly seven years at a construction company; I decided to return to college when the housing market turned and I was laid off, ultimately realizing despite all of my experience companies wanted to see I had a degree.
Had it not been for a community college like Fullerton College, I would not be able to have returned to college to seek a degree. So to those who are remaining do not lose hope, and to those transferring on to a California State University or University of California…
CONGRATULATIONS and we here at Fullerton know you will succeed in all your future endeavors!
“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Orison Swett Marden