Arianna Avendano '13

Arianna Avendano '13

CSUEB 2013 grad serves as commencement speaker for College of San Mateo

  • May 21, 2014 5:00am

Arianna Avendano, who earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Cal State East Bay in 2013, was commencement speaker for graduation ceremonies at College of San Mateo on Friday, May 23. Avendano earned her associate of arts degree from CSM in 2011 before transferring to CSUEB.

Avendano was selected by the Associated Students of CSM to serve as the speaker for the 2014 commencement. The theme of her speech was “Define Your Own Meaning of Success.”

As a CSM student, she worked as a student ambassador—a member of a team of students who assisted in outreach to high schools, campus tours and college events— an official student representative of CSM. Avendano rose to the position of “lead” student ambassador providing leadership to the 10-student cadre of ambassadors. For her contributions to the college and her academic success, Arianna was the recipient of several prestigious scholarships awarded by CSM.

Avendano now works as a program counselor for a leading Bay Area medical weight loss and management program, providing individual counseling, assessment and support services to help patients develop healthy and sustainable lifestyle changes. She is also a member of THRIVE (The Alliance of Nonprofits of San Mateo County) and CSM’s Advisory Council for Community Outreach. In addition, Avendano is a California-certified sexual assault counselor, and a volunteer for Rape Trauma Services in Burlingame.

-- Barry Zepel

California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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