For immediate release: 06/07/96

Contact: Carol Selkin, Director, Public Information,

or Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant,

(323) 343-3050

Cal State L.A. Helps 65-Year-Old CSLA Student Fulfill 46-Year

Los Angeles, CA -- June 7, 1996 -- Monterey Park resident
Edward Terrazas Acevedo, 65, who has been working toward
his college degree for 46 years, will fullfill his dream when
he graduates from Cal State L.A. tomorrow, Saturday,
June 8, in spite of his inability to speak and paralysis
of the left side of his body.

Acevedo was admitted to USC University Hospital two weeks ago
following a stroke that occurred while he was substitute teaching
at Baldwin Elementary School. Acevedo has also been a teacher's
assistant in English as a Second Language at Garfield and Roosevelt
High School. He started his academic career at CSLA in 1950 and
continued his studies while working at Pacific Bell and later
at AT&T as a technician. He has also been an assistant coach
for various recreational parks.

Elvira Rios Acevedo says that her husband has always been a strong
advocate for higher education and that the many children with
whom he has interacted look to him as a role model. The Acevedos
have four children: their son James is a graduate of CSLA with
a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree
in Education. Edward Acevedo will receive his B.A. in Mexican
American Studies
at Cal State L.A.'s 49th Commencement
tomorrow morning
at 8:15 a.m. USC University Hospital
will hold a graduation party for Acevedo following Cal State L.A.'s

Among the many outstanding CSLA students also receiving degrees
this year are:

  • 19-year-old biology major and summa cum laude graduate
    Timothy Yeh
    , a San Marino resident, who entered Cal State
    L.A. at 13 and will be attending medical school in the fall;
  • sisters and honor students Ana Lilia, Maria Elena and
    Martha Lira
    , cum laude, magna cum laude and
    magna cum laude graduates, respectively, each receiving
    a B.A. in Spanish;
  • "74-and-five-twelfths"-year-old grandmother and
    former fashion designer Molly Rudnick Klasky, who will
    receive her B.A. in Art;
  • Eduardo Urgiles, an electrical engineering major and
    physics minor whose interests embrace the sciences and the arts;
  • Rebecca Dodge Golub, Cal State L.A./UCLA joint doctoral
    recipient in Special Education.

More than 20,000 people are expected at this year's graduation
to witness the conferral of over 2,660 bachelor's degrees and
770 master's degrees. The speaker will be Fermin Cuza,
vice president of Mattel Toys and CSLA's 1994 Distinguished
Alumnus from the School of Business and Economics. Larry Adamson,
Director of Administrative Services for the Automobile Club of
Southern California and past president of Cal State L.A.'s Alumni
Association, will receive the prestigious CSU Alumni Volunteer
of the Year award from the California State University system's
Alumni Council.

For photos, interviews or more information, call CSLA Public
Affairs, (323) 343-3050.

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