CITY LEADER TO SPEAK AT
MISSION COLLEGE GRADUATION
Maribel De La Torre, member
of the San Fernando City Council and former mayor of that historic city,
will be the featured speaker on June 7 when Los Angeles Mission College
awards diplomas to more than 400 degree candidates.
Ms. De La Torre is the second oldest of six college-educated children
born to strong-valued immigrant parents. After earning an Associate degree
at Mission College, she attended the University of California at Berkeley,
where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy.
Ms. De La Torre is a founding member of the San Fernando Historic Homes
Preservation Group, a citywide association formed to assist residents
in the restoration of their older homes. She is passionate about San Fernandos
Old California heritage, local history, and family legacies.
These are among the citys most beautiful and valuable resources,
she said, explaining why she has been instrumental in establishing architectural
guidelines and a historic preservation program for the City of San Fernando.
Another dream of hers is coming to fruition. One of her first acts as
a council member was to propose and spearhead the drive to build a regional
aquatics center, which is now under construction in San Fernando.
De La Torre will speak to a class that will include 429 degree candidates,
72 percent of them women. The ages of the graduates range from 18 to 61,
with 24 being the median age.
Daniyal Amirhamzeh, who plans to pursue a career in science, is the class
valedictorian. This years salutatorian is Houry Tanashian, who is
earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Commencement will begin at 5 p.m. on the campus Quad.
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