FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 54th Annual Commencement Ceremony
Pacific Oaks College
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Saturday, May 3, 2014 The 54th Annual Commencement Ceremony for Pacific Oaks College
was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The 2014 graduating
class was one of the largest in its history. Over 300 students participated in Saturday’s
ceremony in front of a few thousand cheering friends and family members.
Graduate Laura Wallerstein gave an inspirational speech reflecting on the journey she and her
fellow classmates have taken at Pacific Oaks.
“We learned to question assumptions. Embrace differences. Celebrate diversity. Identify
injustice. Get involved. Advocate for change. Work for social justice. Have courage.
Explore life experiences. Ponder and process. Grow,” stated Wallerstein.
President Ezat Parnia, Ph.D. turned the applause to those members in the audience, mothers
and grandmothers, fathers and grandfathers, siblings, children, cousins, friends and neighbors,
and to the faculty on stage who made this momentous accomplishment possible. Ending his
remarks, Dr. Parnia added,
“I am confident that our graduates, this class, will repay the commitment you made to
them with a meaningful career and through the impact they will make in their
communities. They leave today as agents of social justice and change, and that’s
something we can all be proud of. My congratulations to each and every one of you.”
About Pacific Oaks College & Children's School: An accredited nonprofit institution, Pacific
Oaks College offers bachelor's, master's, family counseling degree, and certificate programs in
early childhood education, human development, counseling, and teaching credentialing.