101 Latino Graduates Receive Whittier Degrees at Commencement

Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - June 16, 1997
Contact: Kristin Tranquada (562) 907-4974
Reference: 96-97/63


Of the 308 Whittier College graduates who received Bachelor of Arts degrees at the college's Commencement ceremonies in May, 101 were Latino, according to Martin Ortiz, director of Whittier's Center of Mexican American Affairs. Another 10 Latino graduates earned the Master of Arts in Education.

"In all of the years I've been here at Whittier College, this is probably the largest number of Latinos receiving degrees," said Ortiz, who graduated from Whittier in 1948 and has directed the Center of Mexican American Affairs for nearly 30 years. The Center provides support for the college's Latino students, who make up 32 percent of the student body - one of the highest percentages among the 72-member Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is a four-year, independent liberal arts college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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