Nearly 50 students donned the traditional cap-and-gown to be formally recognized by President Sharon Herzberger during the 8th Annual Latino Graduates Celebration.
Distinguished alumna Adrienne Cisneros Selekman '81 was the keynote speaker. A seasoned professional in public relations and public affairs, Selekman most recently served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Energy.
"[As a student at Whittier College] Dr. Martin Ortiz advised me to take charge of what I believed in and to own it. He inspired me to do all that I do and to always give it my best," said Selekman to the graduates in attendance. "Go forward class of 2009, and take the Martin Ortiz 'take charge spirit' with you."
The event was dedicated to the memory of Martin Ortiz '48, founder of the Center for Mexican-American Affairs at Whittier College, later renamed the Ortiz Programs in his honor. Ortiz passed away earlier this year.