Graduate Essays

Graduation Cap

A few ECC graduates to talk about what this achievement means to them

Graduate stories and more


See all of our graduation essays in the Feature Stories section.

Juan Chavez, Class of 2018, is the guest speaker for the 2021 High School Equivalency Graduation Ceremony.
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Published 05/26/2021

Juan Chavez: My story is proof that ECC is a place where people can come and fight for their dreams

We all have different reasons to learn English, to get our GED diploma, but we have in common something great, which is our desire to change our lives and the lives of those around us. I hope that my story inspires and motivates you to keep moving forward and keep fighting for your goals and dreams.

Taryn White, student speaker for the Spring 2021 Career & Technical Programs Commencement Ceremony
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Published 05/26/2021

Taryn White: Find the right path and fight to stay on it

Taryn White, student speaker for the Career & Technical Programs Commencement Ceremony, took a risk that paid off big for her future.

Zain Alsalhani, student speaker for the Spring 2021 University Transfer Degree Commencement Ceremony.
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Published 05/26/2021

Zain Alsalhani: We have been equipped with the necessary tools to be able to overcome anything

Zain Alsalhani reflects on the past year for the 2021 Spring University Transfer commencement ceremony.

Larissa Scott, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate
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Published 05/20/2021

Larissa Scott: ECC challenged me to strive for excellence and put my best foot forward

After four years in the Navy, Larissa Scott turned to ECC to help find her path forward.

Ashley Freeman, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate
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Published 05/19/2021

Ashley Freeman: ECC Let Me Explore My Career Options

At ECC, Ashley Freeman was able to explore here healthcare passions and find the right career path for her.

Sandra Djou, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate.
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Published 05/18/2021

My Immigrant Story is a Success Thanks to ECC

Shortly after immigrating from Cameroon, Sandra Djou started her ECC journey as an English as a Second Language. Now, she's graduating with her associate degree and heading to her bachelor's.

Linda Kooper, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate.
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Published 05/17/2021

Linda Kooper: It's never too late and you are never too old to follow your passion

Linda Kooper knows first hand that you're never too old to follow your dreams.

Taylor Vitacco, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate.
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Published 05/14/2021

Taylor Vitacco: No place strives for student success like ECC

Dual Credit Graduate Taylor Vitacco reflects on her journey at ECC.

Katherine Castiglione, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate.
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Published 05/13/2021

Katherine Castiglione: ECC opened new doors to my future

Being homeschooled through high school, ECC helped Katherine Castiglione smoothly transition to college.

Leslie Miranda, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate.
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Published 05/11/2021

Leslie Miranda: Never underestimate your potential

Spring 2021 Graduate Leslie Miranda reflects on her time at ECC.

December 2020 Graduate Najmu Sahar.
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Published 12/11/2020

Najmu Sahar: ECC is a great place to start

Graduate Najmu Sahar knew she was not ready for a four-year college. She turned to ECC to start her college experience while she figured out her path. Read more about how ECC put her on the right path towards her goals.

December 2020 Graduate Wendy Rivera.
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Published 12/11/2020

Wendy Rivera: At ECC, I finally felt like I belonged

Wendy Rivera never imagined graduating with high honors or going on to pursue a bachelor's degree. Read how ECC shaped her into who she is today.

December 2020 Graduate Robert Phelan.
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Published 12/11/2020

Robert Phelan: ECC gave me the confidence I needed

Robert Phelan returned to school after seven years to move his education forward. Read more about how ECC helped him develop the confidence to pursue his dreams.

December 2020 Graduate Danielle Lauritzen.
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Published 12/11/2020

Danielle Lauritzen: ECC let me grow into who I am today

In high school, Danielle Lauritzen was lucky enough to know what she intended to make of her life. At ECC, she was able to grow and come to understand her place in this world through the work she had a passion for - teaching.

December 2020 Graduate Lisbeth Castillo.
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Published 12/11/2020

Lisbeth Castillo: ECC taught me to embrace challenges at opportunities to grow

Experiencing culture shock and learning English as an immigrant moving from Guatemala at age 14 significantly impacted Lisbeth Castillo's life. Read about her how ECC opened doors to her brighter future.

December 2020 Graduate Ruthie Chae.
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Published 12/11/2020

Ruthie Chae: Pursue your dreams, no matter what

Career and Technical Programs ceremony student speaker Ruthie Chae reflects on her time at ECC.

December 2020 Graduate Kori Stoll
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Published 12/11/2020

Kori Stoll: Keep going, because it's worth it in the end

University Transfer Degree Ceremony Speaker Kori Stoll reflects on her time at ECC.

Liam Coleman, class of 2020
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Published 05/20/2020

Liam Coleman: ECC is a bright choice for a bright future

I was able to transition from high school to college in a fun, friendly, and engaging environment that allowed me to work towards my associate degree whilst giving me time to figure out and explore what I wanted to do with my life. I cannot recommend ECC enough to prospective students, and can personally attest to ECC being a bright choice for a bright future.