For immediate release: 06/07/96

Contact: Carol Selkin, Director, Public Information,
or Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant,
(323) 343-3050

Cal State L.A. Helps 65-Year-Old CSLA Student Fulfill 46-Year Dream

Los Angeles, CA -- June 7, 1996 -- Monterey Park resident Edward Terrazas Acevedo, 65, who has been working toward his college degree for 46 years, will fullfill his dream when he graduates from Cal State L.A. tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, in spite of his inability to speak and paralysis of the left side of his body.

Acevedo was admitted to USC University Hospital two weeks ago following a stroke that occurred while he was substitute teaching at Baldwin Elementary School. Acevedo has also been a teacher's assistant in English as a Second Language at Garfield and Roosevelt High School. He started his academic career at CSLA in 1950 and continued his studies while working at Pacific Bell and later at AT&T as a technician. He has also been an assistant coach for various recreational parks.

Elvira Rios Acevedo says that her husband has always been a strong advocate for higher education and that the many children with whom he has interacted look to him as a role model. The Acevedos have four children: their son James is a graduate of CSLA with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Education. Edward Acevedo will receive his B.A. in Mexican American Studies at Cal State L.A.'s 49th Commencement tomorrow morning at 8:15 a.m. USC University Hospital will hold a graduation party for Acevedo following Cal State L.A.'s Commencement.

Among the many outstanding CSLA students also receiving degrees this year are:

  • 19-year-old biology major and summa cum laude graduate Timothy Yeh, a San Marino resident, who entered Cal State L.A. at 13 and will be attending medical school in the fall;
  • sisters and honor students Ana Lilia, Maria Elena and Martha Lira, cum laude, magna cum laude and magna cum laude graduates, respectively, each receiving a B.A. in Spanish;
  • "74-and-five-twelfths"-year-old grandmother and former fashion designer Molly Rudnick Klasky, who will receive her B.A. in Art;
  • Eduardo Urgiles, an electrical engineering major and physics minor whose interests embrace the sciences and the arts;
  • Rebecca Dodge Golub, Cal State L.A./UCLA joint doctoral recipient in Special Education.

More than 20,000 people are expected at this year's graduation to witness the conferral of over 2,660 bachelor's degrees and 770 master's degrees. The speaker will be Fermin Cuza, vice president of Mattel Toys and CSLA's 1994 Distinguished Alumnus from the School of Business and Economics. Larry Adamson, Director of Administrative Services for the Automobile Club of Southern California and past president of Cal State L.A.'s Alumni Association, will receive the prestigious CSU Alumni Volunteer of the Year award from the California State University system's Alumni Council.

For photos, interviews or more information, call CSLA Public Affairs, (323) 343-3050.

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