Year: 2015

MERCED, Calif.– Ruby Aguirre is beating the numbers.

“I feel so proud to be graduating today,” said the first generation Mexican-American student at last month’s Merced College commencement. “This is my biggest achievement.”

Aguirre, 21, graduated with an Associate’s degree in psychology and plans to transfer to California State University, Humboldt, where she will pursue her Bachelor’s degree in social work.