Student Spotlight

Commencement 2016: South San Joaquin Valley

June 17, 2016 by Brandman University

Graduates from Brandman University’s campuses in the South San Joaquin Valley, including Visalia, Hanford and Lemoore, graduated on June 10. It was the last of eight commencement ceremonies, but the excitement and sense of fulfillment were just as evident as at the first one.

Photos from the ceremony can be found in the Facebook album below.

Video transcript:


Nissi Robledo-Lopez: I served four years active duty as a medic with one deployment to Iraq, came back and joined the National Guard after that. The first one to get my bachelor’s in my family, so it’s a pretty big deal.It”s a big accomplishment and you know setting the center pretty high for my daughter’s hopefully.

Robin Fox: I always wanted my bachelor’s and now you know at 55 years of age, I got it.

Dr. Alexandria Elliott: It took me three years, five months and 17 days to get to the point where I defended my dissertation and that was in February. I’ve had a few months for it to sink in so it’s really exciting today to wrap up the whole experience.Dr. Miguel

Dr. Miguel Guerrero: This is my daughter Alexis and I’m very proud of her graduating today, and it’s a fulfillment, it’s a dream come true.


Angela Barginear: Very difficult but it was manageable. I missed two birthdays. I know I was there but I was like ok Happy Birthday,I gotta go write a paper.

Raelene and Amanda Eckmann: My husband and I have come a long way together and for myself to be here alongside our daughter is a dream come true.
I didn’t know she was going to be graduating with me. It’s a nice thing.

Michaelpaul Mendoza: Really excited for my family especially. This means a lot for me to serve as a positive example for my two young boys but also means that get to spend a lot  more time with them after school every day.

Matthew Medland: I’m feeling like it was almost impossible. I still did it and I think I want to do it again I’m gonna get the Ed.D. Don’t quote me on that but I really want to.

Taylor Lindenmuth: I’m super excited that I’m done but it was a great experience.

Craig Wondergem: I wanted to change my career and this was the avenue to do it.

Yesenia Ayala: I’m excited. I’m very happy about this accomplishment.Music


Luis Araujo: It was very challenging but I’m grateful for the whole experience. I got to learn a lot and I’m really looking forward to the future. I mean it
was an excellent education and I would really recommend it to anyone.

William Rodas: Well, I’m feeling great because I’m done. I’m retired from the service did 22  years in the in the Navy. Well, this is a good example for my
family, for my kids important, you know, especially my a 12-year-old.

Sonia Guiterrez-Mendoza: To the graduates of Visalia, Hanford and Lemoore, we’re very proud of your accomplishments and so happy to celebrate with you tonight. Congratulations!

Stage announcement: You may now turn your tassels from the right to the left.

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