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Chico State Kicks Off 128th Commencement

Chico State is kicking off its 128th commencement this weekend. About 4,000 students are expected to graduate.

Posted: May 18, 2018 10:28 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Chico State is kicking off its 128th commencement this weekend. About 4,000 students are expected to graduate.

For many students, this very walk towards a degree is the promise of a brighter future.

The Richard family drove 8 hours from San Bernadino for the ceremony.

"Ever since school started, we always instilled in them to shoot for the top," said a Richard family member.

The Richard family had some words of encouragement for Jasmine Richard, who studied child development, and Deija Anderson, who pursued multicultural and gender studies.

"That they both succeed in life and reach their goals and keep striving for the best, you know? Nothing, but the best for both of them," said a Richard family member.

This commencement ceremony was for the College of Behavioral and Social Studies, the largest college at 1,100 students.

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson gave some parting words of advice to students in hopes they'll take what they learned and use it to become contributing members of society.

"I want to become a probation officer! I want to help my community that managed to help me, you know?" said Benjamin Leyva, a Chico State graduate who studied Criminal Justice.

Leyva is originally from Compton.

"I'm gonna go out, go back into the same field, help children who need help, that's a true circle around, the circle of life," said Leyva.

In the end, it's important to thank those who supported him the most.

"I love you mom and pop! You guys are the best. I owe you a lot, you guys came from nothing and to get me here, love you!" said Leyva.

And with that thought in mind, Leyva joined thousands of other students and received a degree Friday evening.

The world is waiting for you, Class of 2018.

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