A large and excited part of the Esperanza family gathered at the Esperanza Center in Hunting Park on May 25 for the graduation ceremony of the class of 2018 of Esperanza College of Eastern University. 42 students received their associate's degrees in several academic areas including Accounting, Business Administration, Community & Human Services, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Medical Assisting, and Natural Sciences. 10 of the graduates earned a place in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for their academic excellence.
"This is our best time, because we get to see what the journey has brought you, and it has brought you victory," Dean Elizabeth Conde-Frazier told the graduates. Dean David Hurtado noted that many of them have already committed to pursuing their education even further, and looked forward to two years from now when they would be graduating with their bachelor's degrees. He encouraged the graduates to believe in their own academic potential and follow the example of the seven Esperanza College alumni who recently earned their master's degrees. He also recognized 14 alumni of Esperanza Academy Charter High School who were graduating from Esperanza College.
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