MSJC celebrates record-breaking class with virtual graduation ceremony

Yolanda Diego, 37, of Hemet is one of 1,958 graduates receiving degrees at Mt. San Jacinto College’s annual graduation Thursday, May 21. Diego serves as the student speaker during the ceremony. Valley News/ MSJC photo
SAN JACINTO – Yolanda Diego had much more to celebrate than the average graduate when she served as the student speaker of Mt. San Jacinto College’s virtual graduation ceremony Thursday, May 21. The 37-year-old Hemet resident began to pursue her higher education in the early 2000s, when she attended community college in East Los Angeles, where she grew up. But substance abuse, some time living on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles and a growing family paused that journey. In January 2018, just a few weeks after having a baby, the mother of eight children and a stepdaughter began pursuing her communications degree at MSJC, determined to finish what she started. “All the help and the resources that I got from MSJC were what I needed to succeed. Without those resources, I probably w
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