As is tradition, the graduating class presented the university with a class gift, in this case, two gifts; an endowment scholarship and new lights for the gymnasium. Class President Keith Ybanez, who is headed for law school, told his fellow graduates, “If you have a dream now is the time pursue it, before you buy furniture.” He advised them to learn from their mistakes and not fear them. “Find out what you’re bad at. It will lead you to what you’re good at,” he said.
As the graduates and their entourages of family and friends spilled across Founder’s Green following graduation, one Business and Society/Pre-Law grad found herself surrounded by about 30 relatives and friends. Most were clad in pink t-shirts emblazoned front and back, respectively, with “Congratulations Stephany,” and “La Sierra Class of 2011.” Stephany Venegas aims to become a business lawyer, but her biggest dream “is to help people who cannot afford lawyers,” she said. The Coachella resident’s next goal is a master’s degree in finance from La Sierra followed by a law degree.
Venegas described her La Sierra experience as “amazing. Just the fact that they bring God into the studies,” she said. Venegas’ sister also attended La Sierra and she was particularly influenced by an interview she gave at La Sierra while in high school. “I knew God was going to be present,” she said. Venegas knew she would be taught “not to leave God behind, not to forget about Him.”