June 6, 2012
A Summer Full of Promise
It is officially summer at Cal State San Marcos. We graduated 2,600 students a few weeks ago — our largest ever class — and campus has quieted down a bit from the spirited year-end activities. That doesn’t mean, however, that we are not busy.
Over the past few weeks, we have held special ceremonies to welcome students and their families from three of our partner school districts — Valley Center Pauma, Escondido Unified and San Marcos Unified. More than 100 graduating seniors from high schools in these areas are coming to CSUSM as part of our agreement with their districts that guarantees admission to the CSU to students who do the work and meet all of the admission requirements.
Each student was recognized with a certificate and a $2,000 scholarship ($500 each year for four years) for meeting all the challenges of the program. For many of the seniors, they will be the first in their families to attend a four-year university, and I am delighted that they chose Cal State San Marcos.
This university is truly committed to the success of students in our region, and I sincerely enjoyed speaking with students in the PACE Promise, MAP Scholars, and VCP Scholars programs. Their stories are inspirational and remind us of why education is so important, how just the idea of being able to attend college can start to transform a student’s life.
I promised the students that during their time at CSUSM, we would support and encourage them, and we would nurture their intellectual curiosity and offer unparalleled academic experiences. I know that, because they are coming to us already sure of what to expect from college, these students will succeed. They are the future of our region, and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off summer than by welcoming them to the CSUSM family.