Thursday, July 8, 2010

UI&U July 18 Commencement Honors California Graduates

LOS ANGELES, CA – More than 150 learners from across California will converge at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles July 18 to participate in Union Institute & University’s California Commencement. The new graduates are learners from UI&U’s Los Angeles and Sacramento Centers who have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees from the private, non-profit university that provides higher education opportunities for adult learners. Dr. James Henderson, Distinguished Visiting Scholar for UI&U's Ed.D. program, will serve as the commencement speaker.

“The California commencement is always an important and inspiring event,” said Dr. Pastores-Palffy, dean of the California Centers. “Our commencers show us that, with hard work and determination, anything is possible.”

Families are travelling to Los Angeles from as far away as Michigan and Florida to see their loved ones graduates. Many of the graduates are the first in their families to earn their degree, and others, like Maria de Jesus Padilla, 50, of Los Angeles, decided to return to college after raising a family and working fulltime. The mother of seven children credits the support of her family for her success at UI&U. Her husband even built an office for her in the garage.

“I’ve got ten grandchildren, but I’m not ready to stay-at-home,” said Maria. “When I learned about Union, I felt like I had discovered a small university with a large university feel. The program was challenging, but I’ve learned so much, and now I’m ready to expand my career in early childhood development.”

Union Institute & University’s California Commencement takes place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West Eighth Street, Los Angeles. For more information about the commencement contact Nicole Hamilton, PR manager, at or 513-487-1194.

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