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The 54th Annual Commencement Ceremony at Pacific Oaks College

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  • 1. 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.  

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