to host 400 graduates
De La Torre, a graduate of Mission College, will return
to her former campus as Commencement keynote speaker on June
Ms. De La Torre recently completed terms as Mayor and Mayor
Pro-Tem of the City of San Fernando. She continues to serve
on the city council of that historic community.
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.
Houry Tanashian and Valedictorian Daniyal Amirhamzeh
dream of hers is coming to fruition. As a child, Ms. De La
Torre developed a passion for competitive swimming. But she
still recalls the long trips to swimming facilities away from
San Fernando. 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 the median age set at 24. Daniyal
Amirhamzeh, an interdisciplinary studies major, is the class
valedictorian. This years salutatorian is Houry Tanashian,
who also has earned her degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Commencement will begin at 5 p.m. on the campus Quad.