To a crowd of over 6000 parents, students, and graduates, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, Nathan Gonzales, gave his Vanguard University’s Commencement address. The commencement ceremonies for both the undergraduate, school for professional studies, and graduate students were held Friday, May 6, 2016 at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.
The morning ceremony for the undergraduate school began with the traditional Pomp and Circumstance, led by Vanguard’s university jazz ensemble and director, Kenneth R. Foerch, DMA. After the processional of the graduates, president of Vanguard University, Michael J. Beals, PhD gave a welcome, and undergraduate student speaker, Kaciny Emile addressed her class.
“I am immensely proud to be a part of a class filled with the most intelligent, giving, encouraging, kind, and daring people,” Emile said. “Take time to pause and enjoy this moment for what it is—an honor, an achievement, and the first step into new adventures.”
During her time as a student at Vanguard, Emile was a part of the Black Student Union cabinet, and the Spiritual Formation Department. She graduated in December with a bachelor of arts in psychology.
The afternoon commencement ceremony was held for the school for graduate and professional studies, where student speakers Jocelyn Magarin, and Ashly Williams gave their addresses. Magarin graduated from Vanguard’s school for professional studies with a bachelor of arts in nursing on Friday, and currently serves as a staff nurse at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton. Williams earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Vanguard in 2014, and accepted her master of science degree in organizational psychology on Friday. She is currently manager of human resources and customer happiness at Veri-tax LLC in Irvine.
Nathan Gonzales, who graduated from Vanguard University in 2000, gave the commencement address for both ceremonies. Since his own graduation, Gonzales has worked in the White House Press Office, and covered U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns and Presidential politics. Gonzales is currently editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report—previously an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the newsletter in 2015. He is also a contributing writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and the founder and publisher of PoliticsinStereo.com. Gonzales has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, the Newshour on PBS, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Just two years after graduating from Vanguard University with a bachelor of arts in communication, Nathan worked for ABC NEWS on their Election Night Decision Desk.
“My senior year, Vanguard opened the door for me to spend an invaluable semester in Washington, D.C. It was easy to catch the political bug interning in the West Wing,” Gonzales said. “God has opened doors for me that I never would have imagined: getting to interview future senators, governors, members of the House, and even a state senator from Illinois who wouldn’t become president for another six years.”
During the ceremony, approximately 513 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students walked across the stage in regalia to receive their diplomas from Vanguard University, representing more than 30 degrees and certificates in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs.
For more information on the weekend’s 2016 Commencement events, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.