Congratulations, graduates!
We are so proud of you!
We know the pandemic became an obstacle but you were able to surpass it. This goes to show you are ready for anything and we are sure you will do great things!

St. Augustine College Graduates: A snapshot of our students.

We asked our graduates the following questions:

What makes you feel proud on your graduation day?
Who would you like to thank on your graduation day? 
What is the dream you have for the future?

Rosa Cajamarca, AA in Social Service

PROUD

The opportunity to give a diploma to my parents.

THANK
My parents for their support.

DREAM

To become a social worker and provide the best to my son and parents.

Jennifer Ayala, Medical Billing & Coding

THANK – Everyone that helped me throughout this journey, especially my aunt and uncle.

Rita Fiadzoe, AA in Respiratory

PROUD – Everything

Aurelia Alvarez, AA in Early Childhood Education

PROUD – After all the hard work and every situation I was in, all of the anxiety, I never gave up, I’m here and I made it!

DREAM – I’ve always dreamed and pretended to be a teacher, and my dreams for the future are coming true.

THANK With the support of my boyfriend, and strength of my son, my amazing mother, my sister, my best friend Anna and ALL of my family and friends!

Itzel Gonzalez, BSW

PROUD Proud that I am the first in my family who graduated!

DREAM Get my Master’s degree

THANK God, myself, family and friends who helped me to make this possible!

Brener Garcia, BA in Business Administration with a concentration in human resources

DREAM To open my own business

THANK My family

PROUD It’s an accomplishment to graduate and it should be celebrated.

Alejandro De la Luz, BA in Business Administration – Human Resources.

DREAM TO Pursue my masters to open more doors for me and my family.

THANK All my family for their support, and my professors.

PROUD Graduating from my bachelors.

Janette Colon, BA in Psychology

DREAM To earn a Master’s in psychology.

THANK To my children and family

PROUD Having achieved a goal so my children and family know that it is never too late to achieve what you set out to do.

Melissa Andrade, BSW

DREAM My dream for the future is to be a licensed social worker working in a hospital.

THANK I would like to thank my family for always believing in me but most importantly my fiance and my daughters. They have cheered me on, wiped my tears, kept me strong, and watched me succeed. I hope they are very happy about my graduation, actually our graduation, because every moment in this journey they were always standing next to me.

PROUD Being able to provide a good example to my 3 daughters.

Natalie G. Gonzalez, AA in Social Services

DREAM In the future, I want to get my doctorate in social work and be able to help families as they helped me when I most needed it. I want to change my community. I believe in people and that we can be a great society.

PROUD I feel proud because I finally have a career and it took a lot of work to finish. and I did it despite everything. I never thought I was going to get my wings back to get high.

Guadalupe Garcia de Fuentes, AA in Social Work

DREAM My dream for the future is to continue studying, working as a social worker and implement what I have learned.

THANK First of all, I want to thank My Lord Jesus Christ for allowing me to achieve this long-awaited goal. I thank Eduardo, my husband, for believing in me, for being with me in my sleeplessness and for his understanding. To Evelyn my daughter and Vanessa my daughter-in-law for their support which they gave me at all times and their patience to teach and explain me. To my children Eduardo Jr, Ademir, Sergio my son-in-law and Alondra my daughter-in-law. Thank you all for understanding the moments that we could not gather as a family. Without them and their help I couldn’t have done it. Thanks to my teachers for their teaching and patience and my colleagues for going through this journey together.

PROUD What makes me feel proud on my graduation day is being able to know all my hard work paid off and I’m on the next step to success

Jennifer Rivera, AAS in Early Childhood Education

FUTURE To work at a school or daycare

THANK Family, advisors, and teachers

PROUD That I have accomplished my 2 years in college already.

Dayanis Renovales, AA Social Work

DREAM My dream for the future is to be the change the world needs & to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

THANK I would like to thank my family & boyfriend for being the best support system & for always reminding me that I can do whatever I put my mind to!

PROUD What makes me feel proud on my graduation day is being able to know all my hard work paid off and that I’m on the next step to success.

Kayla Rodriguez, BA Psychology

DREAM Obtain my PsyD and work with the FBI as a Forensic Psychologist

THANK The great professors I had.

PROUD How hard I worked to finally get here.

Hope Peralta, BA in Psychology

DREAM Keep preparing myself

THANK My classmates that helped me get through this, and mainly to a fantastic professor who gave me a reason to go on with my studies

PROUD Reward

Stephanie Natera , AA in Child Development

DREAM To use my education to start a new career and be a leader in my family and community.

THANK I would like to thank my husband, my sister, and my family, especially members that cannot be here right now. I thank them emotionally for supporting me through this journey.

PROUD That I have accomplished a goal that I have been waiting for my entire life.

Jaqueline Melendez, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM Continue my studies

THANK My family

PROUD My sons

Dolores Alexis Garcia, AA General studies

DREAM To accomplish my goals and everything

THANK My professors for helping me with my studies.

PROUD To study hard and to pass my classes

Sabrina Rodriguez, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM My dream for the future is to share my knowledge and model success to our next generations.

THANK I would like to give thanks to all the people who educated me, motivated me and believed in me. Especially, my role model, my mother.

PROUD I am proud of myself and my success. I strived to accomplish my goals, and I will continue to strive.

Rosy Garcia, AA in Social Work

DREAM The dream I have for the future is to take better care of my family.

THANK I would like to thank my parents and my boyfriend who were always present to support me and help me in anything I needed.

PROUD It makes me feel proud to have done the very best that I could have done in all my classes, and to see it pay off in the long run.

Dania Perez, AGS

DREAM My dream is to keep going with my goals, and get a job that I can enjoy every day.

THANK My mom!

PROUD I’m the first one in my family to graduate college.

Luis Benitez, AA Liberal Arts & Science

THANK My mother

PROUD My Family

Karla Melgar, BA in Business Administration

Lizbeth Rodriguez, BA in Business Administration

DREAM To have a better job.

THANK My husband

PROUD I am proud of myself

Nancy Cabrera, AAS in Early Childhood Education

DREAM Became part of a school

THANK I will like to thank all my teachers and the college for this big opportunity

PROUD I will finally have a diploma

Emiliana de Santos Guzman, BA in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources

DREAM My dream for the future is to wake up one day in five, twenty, forty years – look back at my life, the person I became, and feel very proud of the decisions I made.

I’ve had many incredible teachers, coworkers, family, and friends who helped me with this achievement.

THANK I would especially like to thank my parents for protecting, guiding, and teaching me how to be a good person. Even though I miss them every day, I am grateful for them for giving me the wings to fly and be whoever I wanted to be, no matter where that may take me.

PROUD I’m very proud for making the decision to study in a different country and one that uses a different language. Even though I’m far from home, I achieved a 4.0 GPA and was able to put myself through college. Truly a proud and very happy moment in my life.

Marcela Martinez, AA in Administration assistance with concentration in accounting,

DREAM My dream is to get a job where I can serve my community.

THANK I want to thank Our Lord Jesus Christ, and his blessed mother Maria, and my children, who were always there for me.

PROUD I feel proud for reaching this goal in my life, and I pray to God for guidance to apply the knowledge learned in my future job.

Maria Garcia Ojeda, BSW

DREAM I dream that I will work in a place where I can utilize my social worker skills; I love to help people

THANK I want to thank my kids because they were so patient with me. Thank you to my friend Karina who helped a lot and the people who work at the Aurora campus; they are so helpful and they motivated me to continue with my classes. Thanks to all of the teachers that I had during my 3 years there; they were all awesome.

PROUD That I made it! I was going to quit so many times , but I pushed myself and I finished.

Rachel Hernandez, BSW 

DREAM To help people

THANK My mother

PROUD Got my diploma

Eduardo Davalos, AAS in Computer Information Systems Support

THANK My parents

PROUD All the hard work I did in college.

Sofia Sosa, AAS in Accounting Associate

DREAM To continue studying and take my CPA

THANK GOD

PROUD My family recognizes my effort every single day

Minnie Serrano, AA in Social Services

DREAM My dream and passion are to become a clinical psychologist with my own private practice; at the same time, to become a professor at St. Augustine College impacting the lives of students in the same way I was.

THANK I would like to thank my husband Jonathan Serrano, my children Hailey Joy, Faith, Levi, and Selah Grace, and my family who have all supported me one way or another with their patience, love, and encouragement.

PROUD I’m proud to be the first in my family to achieve a degree, setting an example for generations to follow.

Natalia Mota, AA In Business Administration

THANK My amazing mother! My sisters: Daniela, Helen, and Jasmin! My mother in law Lourdes and everyone who supported my decision to go back and helped me to keep going.

Ceclynn Owen, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM Generational Wealth

THANK Lilly, Sashai, Victor, Victor Jr., Irma, Janet, Erick, Evelyn, Javy

PROUD I feel proud of paving a new path for future generations.

Johana Vargas, AA in Liberal Arts and Science

DREAM My dream is to work with immigrant children in the law area

THANK My mom, dad, sisters, sons, husband, and God.

PROUD What makes me feel proud of my graduation is that I was resilient and overcame many adversities to reach this goal.

Joan S. Napoles, BS in Computer Information Systems

DREAM I want to become a Chief Information Officer and give back to the community and help those that are in the same path that I took to go far in life.

THANK I would like to thank my mother for introducing me to St. Augustine College and my whole family for giving me their support.

PROUD I feel great! I am finishing a chapter in my life.

Shelgy Thomas, BSW

THANK Thank you to my family, teachers and friends for inspiring and supporting me throughout my journey. Above all, thank you to God for his blessings upon me.

PROUD Pray, Don’t quit, Practice.

Karla G. Mendez, AAS in Administrative Assistant

THANK First I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. I also want to dedicate this achievement to my husband, my daughters, and my parents; without their pushing, I would not have achieved it. There were days when I wanted to throw in the towel and not do anything, but they were there to support me. Especially my husband, because there were occasions that he stayed with me until the early morning hours accompanying me so that I could do my homework.

PROUD I feel very excited about my achievement, it is something that I have waited for the past 20 years. Many things had to happen in my life to make this dream come true.

Mayra Terrones, AA Culinary Arts

DREAM Keep on going with my education

THANK My parents and family, teachers, and God for helping me stay focused and keep on going never giving up

PROUD Knowing I met the goal I wanted to reach with my education

Marlen Paradelo de Fadragas BS in Computer Information Systems.

DREAM I would like to to work in the career that I studied.

THANK I want to thank all the teachers who had the dedication and patience to teach me, especially Juvenal Nava, Jeffrey Visueta, Elba Gonzalez and my tutors Gustavo Loza, and Byron Arriola.

PROUD I am happy and proud to graduate because it has not been easy for me.

Sandra F. Hernandez, LAS- Associates in Social Services

DREAM To go one step higher in my career and achieving my dreams.

THANK I would first like to thank God, for giving me strength and hope, and my husband for being with me and believing in me since the beginning.

PROUD I am a mom of 3 beautiful girls and despite everything I achieved my graduation

Katherine Melendez, BSW 

DREAM I want to work as family support and get my master’s degree.

THANK I want to thank God for blessing me with wonderful parents, brothers, and a husband who have always been there supporting me.

PROUD I am proud of myself for achieving one of my goals. The road was long and hard but now I can say that I did it.

Edith O Ogodo, BSW

DREAM To gain employment in the area of my degree, and as well as further my education beyond a Bachelors program.

THANK My gratitude to all St. Augustine College staff and professors for making my educational dream a success.

PROUD It has been a tough hard journey, but finally I can see the light.

Maria Martinez, AA in Social Work

DREAM Give my family and myself a great future

THANK My parents

PROUD I made it with my two daughters

Roxana J Montesdeoca, BSW

DREAM Have my own business

THANK My parents, Angel Montesdeoca, Ivon Santos, my fiance Brandon Avalos, and my best teacher Dennette Derezotes

Marilu Noyola, AAS in Accounting

DREAM Complete my bachelor’s degree

THANK My family

Monica Velez Tamayo, AAS in Early Childhood Education.

DREAM My dream is to obtain my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education as soon as possible.

THANK I would like to thank God for my life, my parents for guiding me to pursue my education, my husband for his unconditional support always, my children for their love and inspiration, to Mrs. Lulu, my dear friend, who pushed me to work harder every day, and to everybody who supported me throughout this journey.

PROUD What makes me proud upon graduation is having achieved this great accomplishment at 52 years of age. Also, I am proud of having all of my classes passed with an A.

Tatiana Bermeo, LAS – Social Services

DREAM My dream is to work for DCFS and to get my Master’s Degree in Social Work.

THANK First, I would like to thank to God for guiding me on this path, to my son for his patience, and my family because they always push me to keep going.

PROUD I’m proud of myself for everything that I have accomplished during this time and all the barriers that I have overcome.

Abigail Portillo, AAS Respiratory Therapy

DREAM After this accomplishment, my dream is to enjoy my family, help others and keep learning while I grow in this field!!!

THANK My family for the support they gave me!! Epecially my husband, who took care of our baby while I was studying all night!! My parents and my in-laws: I couldn’t have done it with out them!!! This is for them!!! I love them all!

Gracias a mi familia!!! Especialmente a mi esposo David quien estuvo dia a dia apoyandome y cuidando a nuestra hija bebe mientras yo estudiaba noches completas!!!

A mis papas y mis suegros por siempre estar ahi dandome soporte emocional y fisico diariamente!!!

Este logro es gracias a ellos!!! Los quiero!!!

PROUD This accomplishment! I finally made it!!!

Emely Balderas Chavez, AA in Hospitality Management

DREAM I wish to start my own hotel business and hopefully I am able to open various locations as well.

THANK I would like to thank my parents because they gave me the opportunity to attend college so that I had the ability to have a better future.

PROUD I am able to finally graduate from college and be ready to take a big step into the future.

Stephanie Guzman, AA In Early Childhood Education

DREAM Terminar un master en educacion especial

THANK Keisy, Josefina y mis padres.

PROUD Ser la primera en mi familia en graduarme, con dos hijas y trabajo de tiempo completo, fue dificil pero lo logre. Y quiero demostrar a todos que nada es imposible, muchas personas dejaron de creer en mi por casarme a temprana edad y con esto les demuestro que sigo en el camino y no parare.

Lizette Pedroza, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM Tener un mejor trabajo/posicion y seguir preparandome

THANK Primeramente a mis maestros por toda su ayuda y paciencia especialmente porque Ingles no es mi primer idioma. Y tambien a mi familia que siempre estuvieron motivandome y ayudando a cuidar a mi baby para que asistiera a clases. Sin el apoyo de mi familia no lo hubiera podido lograr

PROUD Me siento muy orgullosa porque no es facil estudiar y trabajar al mismo tiempo, ademas de estar al pendiente de las tareas de la casa. Graduarte en otro pais donde el idioma es tu primer barrera es un sueno y un gran logro que pude cumplir

Maria Y. Vilchis, AA in Social Service

DREAM I dream of having an opportunity to serve others.

THANK My family and friends who supported me to continue with a college education.

PROUD I feel proud to have accomplished the first step on obtaining an associates degree. I always told my two daughters that someday I would return to school and fulfill my dream to have a college diploma. I never had the opportunity when I was young to continue my education and I only completed high school. I am proud that at my age I was able to gain bigger wings to take me further in life and carry those that follow me.

Mayra Terrones, AA Culinary Arts

DREAM Keep on going with my education

THANK My parents and family, teachers, and God for helping me stay focused and never giving up

PROUD Knowing I met the goal I wanted to finish with my education

Ana Soto, BSW

DREAM I have a few areas that are important part of my dream: God, spiritual, health, relationship, finance, and contribution.

THANK God, My three kids, husband, mom, sister, and my dad in heaven for that unconditional help.

PROUD I am proud of how far I’ve come.

Carla Cuellar, ALS with concentration in Social Service

DREAM Get my Masters as a Clinical/Medical Social Worker and eventually get a PhD.

THANK My father, who recently passed away and always encouraged me to pursue a career. Also my eleven-year-old son who inspired me to follow a career as a social worker and my husband who has been very supportive.

PROUD Achievement and all effort put into College.

Arturo Martinez, AAS in Culinary Arts

DREAM The dream I have for the future is to open my own restaurant.

THANK I would like to thank my family on my graduation day.

PROUD I’m a first generation Mexican-American to attend college from my family.

Josefina Salazar, BA in Psychology

DREAM I would like to continue my education with a Masters degree and integrate my knowledge in my work and daily life.

THANK I would like to thank God, my children, friends, family, and the teachers for helping me accomplish my dream.

PROUD I accomplished a BA and this will permit me to follow my higher education.

Veronica J. Vega Cortez, AA In Early Childhood Education

DREAM Obtain my Masters degree and try to do my best as an educator.

THANK I would like to thank God, my daughter and husband, my in-laws, my parents, my brother and his family, my peers from St. Augustine College, the children I care for and finally but not less important to my professors and St. Augustine College Administration. All of them were a fundamental, essential, and crucial part so that today I can say “I did it”. Graduates today reach great heights and we can say that now we are equipped with the necessary tools to tackle our new future.

PROUD That I was able to finish school with all the obstacles I had.

Rita Rebolledo, AA in Social Service

DREAM To be able to finish my degree in social work

THANK To all my teachers for your patience

PROUD That I could finish my course

Jose Luis Boyas, AA in Criminal Justice

DREAM Joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation .

THANK I would like to thank those who were always there for me, God, my beautiful wife, and my pets.

PROUD I’m proud of completing the first step of my journey.

Samar H Radwan, AAS in Early Childhood Education

DREAM Study and earn my bachelor’s degree

THANK All my professors who helped me in all my work

PROUD My grades

Manuela Mendez, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM My dream is to have my own daycare to take care of kids.

THANK I’d like to thank my daughters and my husband for helping me and supporting me through it all.

PROUD I’m proud that I had the opportunity to go to college and finish.

Leoy Rosas, BA in Psychology

DREAM Continuing with a Master at the University of Illinois in Chicago

THANK The St. Augustine faculty

PROUD This is one of my dreams come true, to have my degree in my hands

Dora Lopez, LAS in Social Service

DREAM To earn a Bachelor’s in Social Work! “If you can dream, you can do it.” Walt Disney

THANK I would like to thank my family who have been a part this journey, and through the untiring support to me. It wasn’t an easy task, but by the grace of God it was possible.

PROUD This is the biggest achievement of my life. I’m so proud of myself for being able to do that!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

Marco Haro , AA in Business Management

THANK My family

Monica Sanchez, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM My future dream is to become a certificated Bilingual Special Ed. Early Childhood Education Teacher and serve in my community.

THANK I would like to thank my husband Hugo for his help and support through this journey. As well as my kids, Nilo and Hugo Jr.: you’re the inspiration behind my success.

PROUD Today, I’m proud that even though the road to graduation was a long story of early mornings and sleepless nights, I’ve made it successfully and now I feel like a better role model to my kids.

Marleni Curiel, BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources

DREAM Have my own business.

THANK God, friends and family

PROUD Myself, for accomplishing what I thought was going to be impossible in a country I had never lived in before.

Karen Jaramillo, AGS

DREAM Continue on this path, and demonstrate that Latinos have so much to contribute to this country.

THANK I would like to thank my family: my mom for always teaching me to never give up and for being with me at all times, my brother Max for his support, Gelo and Bebe for their love that made me get here, and my husband Omar for teaching me to believe in myself.

PROUD Being Latina and first generation immigrant and making all the dreams and goals that I set for myself the day I decided to leave my country (Mexico), and being able to say that I finally did it; it makes me feel proud.

Alex Paradiyil James, BSW

THANK I would like to thank my parents and family for the support.

Jennifer Sanchez, AA in Early childhood Education

DREAM To show my children anything and everything is possible

THANK I would like to thank everyone who encouraged me, my children and as well as the people that didn’t believe in me: look at me now!

PROUD I finally did it!

Diana F. Cristino, BSW

DREAM I hope to be able to continue my education to the fullest extent and to have a successful career. I hope to be able to provide for my family and to live a well-rounded life!

THANK I would like to thank my family for their continued support and encouragement, as well as my classmates who have helped me along the way.

PROUD I’m proud of myself for coming this far and knowing that my hard work was worth it.

Juan G Marin, BS in Computer Information System

DREAM Continue with my career and become a better person every day.

THANK To my family and friends who gave me all their support, especially to my daughters who were my motivation on this long journey.

PROUD All the hard work and long hours of studying paid off.

Ines Maria Padilla, AAS in Early Childhood Education

DREAM My dream is to open my own business and to travel to different countries.

THANK I would like to thank my parents and my husband for supporting me to accomplish my goal.

PROUD The effort I put into accomplishing my goal.

Melisa Vences, BA in Business Administration – Human Resources

THANK My family

Nimbe Temixqueno, AAS in Administrative Assistant Medical Billing and Coding.

THANK Quisiera agradecer a mi familia que siempre estuvo alla­ para mi dándome animos para seguir adelante con mis estudios.

Veronica Vazquez, AA in Early Childhood Education.

DREAM continue on my career to earn a bachelor’s degree

THANK to myself, my family, and my teachers because they supported me to achieve my goal

PROUD I completed my career goal by becoming a teacher

Margarita Sanchez, AA in Social Service

DREAM To pursue better job opportunities.

THANK To my parents, family, friends and professors for being my inspiration in this journey.

PROUD The opportunity to achieve my dream of completing my degree.

Grisel Martinez, Social Work

DREAM A dream that I have for the future is to grow as a social worker and help the people who are in need.

THANK I would like to thank my family. My husband for his patience and his help, my kids for inspiring me every day to do better, and my mother for always believing in me.

PROUD Something that makes me proud is how much I have grown, accomplished, and dedicated through this time.

Jose Zecena, AA Culinary Arts

DREAM keep working hard to achieve everything I want

THANK My mother

Lobsang Lhamo, AA Early Childhood Education

DREAM To pursue my academic future.

THANK Of course, all the teachers and the institution.

PROUD Feeling success and strong connection with all the teachers that lead to the final day.

Ximena Pulla, BA in Computer Information System

DREAM To continue my education

THANK My husband and my family

PROUD Completing my Bachelor’s degree

 

Diana J. Cruz, BSW

DREAM Earn my masters degree

THANK My parents and my family

PROUD I’m proud of myself

Jasmine Resendez, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM A dream for the future would be to someday receive my Masters degree

THANK I would love to thank my family and friends for always encouraging and pushing me to continue my college journey.

PROUD It makes me proud to be a first generation college graduate!

Lucila Hernandez, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM To get a bachelor’s degree

THANK My family and my teachers

PROUD That I will be able to get my Diploma

Maria Elena Avellaneda, BA in Psychology

DREAM Help my community

THANK My family

PROUD The effort that it took to get here

Barbara S. Moss, AAS Respiratory Therapy 

DREAM My dream for the future is to continue my education and help others.

THANK I want to thank my parents, my family, friends, the entire respiratory department at St. Augustine, the community and the lord almighty.

PROUD On graduation day I’m proud that I have crossed the bride to a better future for myself and my community.

Maricela Gudiño, AA in Early Childhood

DREAM To obtain my Bachelor’s degree along with a Master in special education

THANK I would like to thank my precious Father in Heaven, my creator who has made it possible for me to have good friends by my side who believe in me, my dear friend Maribel Hernandez.

PROUD Age doesn’t count! I feel proud that I have accomplished my dreams and I will continue striving for the best in my career by attending National Louis University.

Amelia Raquel Alarcon, AA in Early Childhood Education

DREAM To continue with my education. I plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education.

THANK God because he is the center of my life. I am also very thankful to my family and professors because they have helped me every step of the way.

PROUD Knowing that despite the difficult circumstance,  I was able to achieve this degree. I makes me really proud.