Toward the end of the service both universities held special recognitions for students from each institution. Senior pre-med major Chelsea Johnson received a plaque from La Sierra’s Black Student Association. The university’s Hispanic Student Association recognized Jaqueline del Castillo who did not attend the service. The students were honored for their “determination to fulfill [their] academic goals and contributions to the campus community,” according to the associations.
“It is an honor to be numbered with all the other students who have gone before me in receiving this recognition,” Johnson said. “I am touched and grateful for the acknowledgement of the Black Student Association and La Sierra University faculty who throughout my undergraduate career has been my inspiration.”
Rebecca Barcelo, a senior communications major received an award from La Sierra for “extraordinary leadership and contributions to the campus community,” her plaque reads.
None of the award recipients were aware prior to the service that they had been selected to receive such recognition. Barcelo had just presented La Sierra’s response to the keynote speaker’s message and had sat down when she heard her name called to come back up to the platform. “I had no idea it was coming,” she said. “I was humbled and honored to receive it and it was a really nice surprise.”
PR Contact: Larry Becker
Executive Director of University Relations
La Sierra University