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Commencement Speaker: Gustavo Arellano

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Gustavo Arellano is author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America and is a features writer for the Los Angeles Times. He has also been an essayist and reporter for various publications, and served as the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County.

He is a frequent commentator on radio and television and has hosted a nationally syndicated column in which he answered questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. He also penned the award-winning ¡Ask a Mexican!

Arellano graduated from Orange Coast College with a degree in film and went on to earn a master's degree. He has received a number of honors for his writing, including the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Best Columnist, the Los Angeles Press Club President's Award, an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with the 2008 Spirit Award for his "exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic." A lifelong resident of Orange County, Arellano is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one who came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.

Student Speaker: Hannah Shinn

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Hannah Shinn is graduating with four associate degrees (studio arts; fine and applied arts humanities, philosophy and arts; and social and behavioral studies) and will be transferring to Biola University to complete her undergraduate degree in design.

Shinn, who says she had no desire to attend college, took a year after high school to serve on a mission to South Africa for five months. She fell in love with the culture and people, but it was having the chance to grow her leadership and interpersonal relationship skills that reignited her education journey.

She returned to the states looking to further her skills and attain a degree that would allow her to pursue a career where she could travel and build relationships all over the world.

Riverside City College was that springboard.

She struggled her first year as she longed to be overseas. So, her sophomore year, she sought out a campus community. Shinn was hired by a new program on campus as a peer mentor for incoming freshmen. She says the job was an eye opener — socially and in the classroom. The job pushed her outside of her comfort zone and helped her discover confidence. The skills she had picked up overseas were refined. She no longer fears talking to one or a thousand people, like she will do today as Riverside City College's Student Speaker.

Ultimately, she hopes to combine her love of mentoring with her love of art, while traveling the world sharing her beliefs and her love for people. She says she has found the value in giving people a support base. She is curious to see how the skills that she has developed will play out in her life. Shinn is looking to the future with bright eyes to see what is in store.