|SRJC tabs speaker for graduation
Dr. Celestino Fernández, a Santa Rosa Junior College alumnus, will be the featured speaker for the SRJC 2013 Commencement. The ceremony will be held May 25 at 10 a.m. on the John Surryhne Outdoor Stage on the Santa Rosa campus.
SRJC will honor more than 1,400 students who are earning associate degrees, and approximately 500 of them will participate in the graduation ceremony. Fernández will give a speech entitled “Coming Home: Some Stories and a Bit of Advice” about the impact SRJC has had on his life and career in higher education.
Fernández, a native of Michoacan, Mexico, has had a distinguished career as an educator, author and composer. His family moved to Santa Rosa when he was a child and his parents were farmworkers. Fernández, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1973, received an associate degree from SRJC, a bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Stanford University.
Since 1976, Fernández has been a sociology professor at the University of Arizona, where he has also held several administrative positions, including Vice President for Academic Outreach and International Affairs. He teaches courses and conducts research on various topics pertaining to culture, Mexican immigration, ethnic diversity and higher education.