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San Diego State University students from the Imperial Valley campus celebrate their graduation

Many students accomplish a huge milestone at their 2022 commencement ceremony - News 11's Vanessa Gongora reports

CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Over 300 students graduated tonight from San Diego State University (SDSU) Imperial Valley with 23 graduating with honors.

The president of San Diego State University Dr. Adela de la Torre says class of 2022 exceeded the expectation.

"23 of them will be graduating summa cum laude with highest honors. Which if you think about it, that's almost 10% of the graduating class. Really exciting," says President de la Torre. 

One psychology major, Nohemi Castro says her family is from Mexico and she's honored to be the first one in her family to receive a bachelor's degree.

"There has been some struggles, but we're here today," says Castro.

Castro plans on pursuing her masters and wants to be a school counselor.

Another student Michael Tanori, public administration major, says he is excited to be graduating and happy he got through his sage project.

"It's a collaboration with El Centro to find a solution to end homelessness," said Tanori.

Out of the 316 students, three of them completed their master's degree.

President de la Torre is grateful to be part of this special day.

"Just the excitement of an accomplishment well deserved. It just feels me with pride and I think every faculty member, staff member here at the Imperial Valley feels so fortunate that we had an opportunity to make an impact," says President de la Torre.

SDSU offers bachelor's degrees in 96 areas, master's degrees in 84 fields and doctorates in 23 areas.

According to SDSU, 44 students are graduating from the College of Arts and Letters, 45 will receive their degree from the College of Education, an additional 18 will graduate from the College of Health and Human Services.

95 students will receive their degree from the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts and 114 will graduate from the College of Sciences.

SDSU says they worked with the Mexicali government to put together a separate ceremony on May 15th for families who live in Mexico and couldn't cross the border to see their students graduate.

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