Syndicated Columnist Gustavo Arrellano to Provide LBCC Commencement Address Wednesday May 23rd

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Gustavo Arrellano, author, editor, and syndicated columnist, will address Long Beach City College graduates on Wednesday May 23rd at 6:00pm at Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Carson, Long Beach. More than 1,500 students will receive AA/AS degrees or certificates this year at LBCC. The College expects thousands of guests, students and alumni to celebrate in the graduation ceremony.

This year will also mark Eloy Oakley’s sixth commencement as LBCC’s Superintendent-President. “Commencement is my favorite day of the year, and I congratulate every one of our graduates.” said Oakley. “I hope they take the experience and knowledge gained at Long Beach City College into their next great endeavor and into four year institutions or the work place,” Oakley said.

Gustavo Arrellano, who is well known for his “Ask a Mexican” syndicated column and books, is a product of the community college system. “I’m honored to give the commencement speech at LBCC, particularly because I’m a proud product of the California community college system. Though times are tough, I know the resolve of such students to not only overcome expectations, but blow them away, as they continue toward greatness,” said Arrellano.

After commencement, there will be an Grad Reception located on the north field, where the graduates can meet with their families and take pictures with faculty members while enjoying refreshments and music. Seating for commencement is free and on a first come, first serve basis.

All community members are invited to attend the ceremony. Parking will be free in Veteran’s Stadium, located off of Clark Avenue on Lew Davis Street in Long Beach. For more information about commencement, please visit

LBCC Commencement will also be shown LIVE on streaming video at

About Commencement speaker Gustavo Arellano:

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, and author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conqured America. He is also a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes “Ask a Mexican,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers andy and all questions about Mexican and Chicano culture. The colin has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the Unired States. He won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been appeard on the Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning American, and The Colbert Report. He appears regularly in the LA Times.

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