SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The rain subsided long enough at La Playa Stadium for Santa Barbara City College's Class of 2019 to move their tassels from the right to the left.
Some 1600 SBCC students are receiving their diplomas and close to 600 walked across the stage Friday during the 69th Annual Commencement
Like the beloved saying goes, “oh the places you’ll go…”
“I’m happy that I got good grades, I’m happy that I achieved my goals and I’m looking forward to the future that I’ve built for myself,” said Heather Bendingtree, Class of 2019.
All the papers, late nights and exams were worth it, “This means everything, I’m getting two associates,” said one woman celebrating her success.
Among the sea of balloons and noisemakers, plenty of umbrellas.
“I’m thinking when he comes to the stands the sunbeams will break through the clouds and shine right on him,” said proud parent, Matthew Demaria.
Thankfully the rain skipped class and like the weather, students and their support systems are excited and relieved they’ve made it this far.
“I graduated high school in 2011 and came here right away and I was kind of unmotivated so I took some time off but I came back and I got it done,” said graduate, Ricky Laguna.
Another inspirational accomplishment came from student speaker Leslie Marin.
“For me today this is much more than graduation, today is a victory because both of my parents were never able to finish school,” said Marin, SBCC Student Commencement Speaker.
The undocumented student is the first in her family to attend college and says SBCC helped her achieve the dream of purusing higher education.
“I am a Latina, I’m a dreamer and I made President’s Honor Roll,” said Marin.
20-year-old Marin will be transferring to UCSB as a sociology major in the fall with a full-ride scholarship.
Congratulations Class of 2019.