Presidential Scholar Chosen as Student Commencement Speaker

Miguel QuinteroPresidential Scholar Miguel Quintero was honored to be selected as the student speaker for the 2014 Commencement Ceremony at El Camino College Compton Center. He graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 and has been accepted to California State University,Long Beach this fall to continue his studies in business administration.

Quintero is a native of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico who immigrated to the United States in 2006 and began to learn English at the age of 13. He was a dedicated student at Centennial High School and graduated in 2010 as the salutatorian of his class. Raised by a single parent, financial hardship prevented Quintero from immediately applying to a university. During the next couple of years, he worked at entry-level jobs to try to save money to fund his higher education.

The passage of Assembly Bill 540 afforded Quintero the opportunity to attend college at a reduced tuition and he enrolled at ECC Compton Center in spring 2012. He has taken full advantage of the many programs and student services offered here, including Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), which enabled him to advance his education by pursuing an associate degree.

He believes in service to make a difference and volunteers his time in the community, as well as in leadership roles at ECC Compton Center. He has served in two student-elected positions as Associated Student Body treasurer and the student trustee for the Compton Community College District. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society, Brothers 2 Brothers Club, and received second place in the Humanities Department 2012-2013 “Voices of Compton” Literary Journal and Competition with his poem titled “Seasons.”

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