CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, left, joins Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez before the Feria de Educación. (Sacramento State/Steve McKay)
Thousands of young people and their families converged on Sacramento State for the annual Feria de Educación on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the University Union and in Serna Plaza.
The daylong event promoted higher education among the Spanish-speaking community by providing information about admission requirements, educational programs, financial aid, campus life, community resources and more. The opening ceremony featured California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White, University President Alexander Gonzalez, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, Mexican Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez and Univision 19 General Manager Steven R. Stuck.
Popular attractions included “educational pathway” exhibits and the visualization area, where young people had pictures of themselves taken in cap and gown or dressed as representatives from their dream careers.
White lauded the effort to provide families the information needed to earn a degree and noted what a powerful moment it is when President Gonzalez asks graduates at each Sac State commencement to stand if they are the first in their family to graduate from college. “They are standing not just for themselves,” White said. “They are standing up for their family, they are standing up for their community, they are standing up for the American dream, and they are standing up for California’s future.”
Dignitaries cut a ribbon to open the Feria de Educación. (Sacramento State/Steve McKay)
Gonzalez pointed out that employers are particularly eager to hire graduates pursuing careers in nursing, business, law enforcement, and engineering and computer programming. “They're high-paying jobs, and the community needs more graduates to fill them,” he said. “All of us are here today to help you become those graduates.”
Sac State’s Feria de Educación was one of two such events held in the state Aug. 23. CSU Dominguez Hills presented the CSU Super Saturday College Fair on that campus, focusing on the African American community. Both events are part of the CSU’s ongoing efforts to partner with K-14 schools, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, corporations, academics, policymakers and civic leaders to close achievement gaps and increase the number of underserved students who attend and graduate from college.
Sacramento State partnered with Univision 19, the CSU Office of the Chancellor and Assemblyman Dickinson for the free event.