Trevecca Nazarene University

Hispanic graduates celebrated

A group of graduates gather for a photo following the ceremony honoring their achievement.
Below right-University President Dan Boone poses with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
Other photos below highlight special speakers and event happenings.

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COPLA, Comité de Padres Latinos/Committee of Latino Parents, hosted the 2nd Annual Hispanic Student Graduation Celebration and Parent Recognition Event, Wednesday, May 27, starting at 7:00 PM, at the Boone Business Building Convocation Center at Trevecca Nazarene University.

More than 400 Hispanics graduated from high schools within Metro Nashville Public Schools in 2009. These students and their parents were the stars of this event, named “¡Lo Logramos!” or “We Made It!”

The speakers who addressed the students, parents, and other guests included Mayor Karl Dean, MNPS Board Chairman David Fox, Director of Schools Jesse Register, Trevecca Nazarene University President Dan Boone, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University Efrén Pérez (the event’s key note speaker), and President of COPLA Ernestina González. In addition, one graduating student Adriana Marquina, valedictorian of Overton High School, was chosen to address the crowd on behalf of all graduates. The entire program was held in Spanish with English translation.

“The Hispanic community is an exciting, vital, growing part of Nashville, says Boone. “Trevecca is pleased to host the celebration for Hispanic parents and their graduates. More than good public relations for the university, it’s what neighbors do. They eat together and celebrate accomplishments.”

A pre-event reception was held which included food and entertainment provided to COPLA by sponsorship from local Hispanic and non-Hispanic businesses and non-profit organizations. Trevecca also offered bilingual tours of the campus prior to the event.