CLC’s fall 2023 graduates reflect on their journey

Graduation marks the end of a student’s educational journey, but also the beginning of whatever lies ahead. The newest group of College of Lake County (CLC) graduates walked the stage to continue their lives at fall commencement Thursday, Dec. 14.

Nearly 200 graduates participated in the ceremony. During the special event, the graduates reflected on their favorite moments at CLC.

“I’ve had so many great memories at CLC,” Magdalene Padillos said. “My favorite was my introduction to education course. I’m really proud and happy for everyone today because I know it wasn’t always easy.”

“My favorite memory was my first nursing class,” Victor Rigalado said. “I remember walking into class not knowing a single person. We all looked at each other and thought, ‘are we supposed to know all of this already?’ That set the mood and lessened the anxiety.”

“My first memory of CLC was getting the help from my advisor,” Emily Padilla said. “I think without her, I wouldn’t be right here. And just for helping me out getting through every step of the way, it’s definitely been a fun memory for me.”

This is the second year CLC has held a December commencement ceremony.

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