SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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May 6, 2004
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Students From Migrant Farmworker Families Celebrate First Year of College, May 8Some 58 freshmen who come from migrant farm worker families will celebrate the successful completion of their first year of college at a special graduation ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 in the Commons at Sonoma State University.
These students from the College Assistance Migrant Program will receive a sash to be worn at their future SSU graduation when they complete their studies, a congressional letter of recognition and a diploma in a frame that will later house their bachelor's degree. They will be given a minute or two to thank their family and friends for supporting them in their educational goals.
Statistics show that students that come from a farm worker background are grossly underrepresented in college and that those who attend tend to drop out during the first year. "These Collaborative CAMP students are not only passing their classes with good grades, in many instances they are doing better than the average students in their college," says Dr. Francisco Vazquez, head of the CAMP program.
Vazquez says the ceremony is held to "recognize the hard work from the students and the support of the parents. The celebration also paves the way for the students to become active citizens committed to civic engagement on behalf of their community and of social issues in general. "
The ceremony is part of the Collaborative College Assistance Migrant Program that includes students from SSU, Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa Junior College.
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