by Jay Aguila
Viking! This is a strange word in today’s times; however, at the University of La Verne it has taken a whole different meaning. When you hear that word, one individual comes to mind – Erin McAndrew, a liberal studies major with an emphasis in human development.
Active secretary for the Iota Delta sorority, McAndrew has been chosen to represent the class of 2004, as the undergraduate commencement speaker at this year’s ceremony.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be speaking on behalf of the class of 2004, McAndrew said.
“When Ruby (Montaño-Cordova, associate dean of student affairs) told me, I could not hold back the tears.”
McAndrew, a resident of Ontario, who came to the University after graduating from Chaffey High School with honors and a 3.9 GPA, has been an outstanding representative of an active college undergraduate. She was also elected this year’s homecoming queen alongside Jason Walker, member of Chi Delta Omicron and head resident assistant for the Oaks.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be aside Erin, there were other young women there but none more deserving than her, and the standing ovation was a testament to that,” Walker said.
Her commitment with her sorority, work as a residential assistant this year and commitment to the University as a whole, all while maintaining a 3.56 GPA, have made McAndrew the perfect person to speak on behalf of her class.
“La Verne has made me who I am today and the people that I have grown up with these four years have made me who I am today,” McAndrew said.
“Erin is an outstanding and thoughtful person, she puts the needs of others in front of her own,” said Brian Armstrong, leadership development and transition program director.
Commencement begins with the commencement breakfast at 7 a.m. on May 29. The ceremony for associate and bachelor degree candidates starts at 9:30 a.m. The ceremonies will be held at Ortmayer Stadium and the stadium will be open for seating beginning at 8 a.m.
A question that comes up every year around this time is, what makes the class of 2004 special?
For a lot of people it is the triumph of dedication and hard work, for others it is the memories.
For McAndrew, it is the people who have shared the dedication, hard work and memories that distinguish the class of 2004.
“I grew up with these people; I remember my first day at orientation I didn’t want to be here,” McAndrew said. “I was scared but my friends have made me who I am today.”
McAndrew is currently awaiting acceptance letters from graduate schools to which she has applied. She has also applied for jobs dealing with college students but her main focus is graduate school.
“It’s hard because I know what I am doing May 29 but I have no clue what I am doing May 30,” said McAndrew.