On June 8th, 2018, with friends, family, board members, volunteers, supporters and staff in attendance, the Prison University Project celebrated the graduation of nine of its students from the College Program at San Quentin. Each student received their Associate of Arts Degree, transferrable to any college or university, after completing 20 classes in the humanities, social sciences, math, and science.
Prison University Project Clerk, James King, delivered the opening remarks, speaking on the incredible perseverance and determination of the graduates and their ability to achieve in the face of adversity. The Salutatory Address was given by Jose Rivera who highlighted some of his own personal challenges and urged his fellow graduating classmates to continue in a life-long pursuit of knowledge.
Below you will find a transcription of Jose's remarks, a copy of the graduation program, and excerpts from interviews with the graduating class. You can also watch a video of the ceremony and click through to see additional photos from the day.