2015 Student Speaker — Angelica Mendoza
This year’s Commencement Student Speaker is Angelica Mendoza. Angelica has been taking classes at Cañada since Spring 2007 as a sophomore in High School. She graduated from East Palo Alto Academy in 2009. As a first generation college student; Angelica was drawn to Cañada because of the student to teacher ratio. The one on one attention and care she received from the Cañada community impacted her immensely. Throughout the past four years, Angelica has been actively involved in TRIO, BTO, and Student Life. She is receiving her Associate’s Degree in Communications and will be transferring to Notre Dame de Namur University in the Fall. Angelica plans to major in Business Administration with a focus in Management. With this, she hopes to work in an environment where she can help future students find their path to success.
2014 Student Speaker - Steven Jackson
This year's Commencement Student Speaker was Steven Jackson. Prior to coming to Cañada College, Steven worked for more than 13 years in the telecommunications industry throughout the SiliconValley. When he was laid off from Hewlett Packard at the end of 2011, he enrolled at Cañada in the hope of eventually earning a degree in Business Administration. In accomplishing that goal, he is the first in his family to have graduated with a college degree.
Steven is an officer in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, a member of the college's Beating TheOdds program, a peer mentor for disenfranchised, first generation students, and a volunteer with the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto, a non-profit organization that provides furniture, food, and clothing to low-income families. Steven will be attending UC Berkeley in the spring where he plans to major in Rhetoric with a minor in Economics. At Cañada College he completed four separate degrees, including, Business Administration, an AS in Accounting, an AA in Economics, and an AA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Social and Behavioral Sciences.