Allan #A month filled with celebratory events at Allan Hancock College started with hundreds of signatures, smiles and photograph opportunities. The college hosted its second annual College Signing Day to celebrate students’ academic success and their recent decisions to transfer to four-year universities. More than 100 students attended and set the college motto of “Start here. Go Anywhere.” into motion.

“It was a very special and memorable event,” said Rachel Naugle, who will transfer in the fall to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. “I feel ready to graduate from Hancock, transfer to Cal Poly and take that next step. But I know I will miss Hancock and the amazing faculty, staff and sense of community this campus is.”

For other students, the event was confirmation their hard work over the years was worth it.

“You never think about the end result when you’re working on homework or taking a test, but at an event like this, you can,” said Cody Cowin, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who was recently accepted to UC Berkeley as a mathematics major. “I am still in shock and feel like I am impostor. I never would have thought of myself as a UC Berkeley student, but here I am.”

Cowin, Naugle and other students in attendance wore t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats to show off their pride for their future schools. It provided for a colorful sea of garb from universities like Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, Cal, Cal State Channel Islands, UCLA, Arizona State, Fresno State, Cal State Monterey Bay and University of California, Berkeley.

Students ate lunch and sat at tables with other students transferring to the same school.

“It was really great to be able to meet and speak with other students headed to Cal Poly. We had a chance to connect, and I feel more comfortable about moving on to a four-year university,” added Naugle.

“As a returning student, it feels great to be at an event like this,” said Joey Tamayo, who will transfer in the fall to Cal Poly to major in business and minor in industrial technology. “I came back to school to challenge myself and improve my future. I never thought I was capable of transferring to a four-year university, but it shows hard work pays off.”

Students wrote thank you cards to express their gratitude to college faculty and staff. Students also signed their name and wrote their future university on commemorative posters that will be hung around campus next to posters from the inaugural event.

“I would not be here with my counselor, Hector Alvarez, my mentor, Yvonne Teniente, who is a dean at Hancock, and Stephanie Robb with student activities,” said Valentina Alvarado, who will transfer in the fall to UC Berkeley. “Each of them helped guide, encourage and inspire me to succeed and be where I am today.”

“Many people at Hancock have challenged me to be a better me,” added Cowin. “From MESA to the Veteran Success Center to the Math Center and many others, there are so many programs and services available here at Hancock to help students, like me, succeed.”

College Signing Day kicks off a series of end-of-the-year events at Hancock that culminates with the 96th annual Commencement at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 26.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama started National College Signing Day as part of her Reach Higher Initiative that was centered on encouraging educators to help young people see college as an option. The day is a chance to rally around students who are committed to pursuing a college education. Last year, almost 600 schools across the national participated in National College Signing Day.

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