Graduation Recognition Week We Want to Celebrate You

We want to celebrate you...

You put in the hard work during a pandemic...

You are an IVC Graduate, YOU did it!

Vivian Morales

Major: Kinesiology

Transferring to SDSU

Played Second base for IVC Softball with



Alexander Arias

Before Imperial Valley College, at the age of 16, Alexander signed up for the United States Army. Four days after his graduation on June 13, 2013, Alexander was sent to Ft. Benning, Georgia to attend The U.S. Army Infantry School. After graduating from Infantry School, Alexander was then sent to Fort Wainwright, Alaska. As a soldier, Alexander earned the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, a prestigious badge only possessed by about 4% of the entire Infantry, in history! Other awards earned by Alexander are the Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and several certificates of achievement.

After military service, Alexander attempted to use his experience to get into law enforcement as a way to continue serving his country. However, despite meeting the majority of requirements requested by law enforcement, Alexander was not considered. It wasn’t until mid-2017 that Alexander decided to attend college for the first time in his life. He has pursued a degree in Computer Science ever since to achieve his dream of working in the Video Game Industry.

As a military veteran student in IVC, Alexander has completely aced all of his classes. This means Alexander has received a grade of “A” for every single class he has taken without failure. As a result, Alexander holds a flawless 4.0 track record for a semester basis and has been placed in the President’s Honor List 6 times! This proves that Alexander forms a prime example of what it means to be a disciplined and dedicated student, and perfectly represents the Imperial Valley College student veteran community. He was also the veterans club president for fall 2018. He was nominated for 2 Department Awards! One award in Computer Science by his friend and professor, Rick Castrapel. Another award in Physical Anthropology by his fellow veteran and professor, Manfred Knaak.

Overall, Alexander will be graduating with four associates degrees! Which are in computer science, mathematics, physics, and university math and science.

I mainly contribute my success to my loyal and beautiful wife, Hillary Arias, and our new born son, Alexander G. Arias Jr.
Alexander Arias

Thank you for your service!

Chase Seals

Congratulations to Chase Seals! He’ll be attending his mother’s, Lisa Seals, alma mater, UCSD in the Fall! His major is political science and plans to eventually attend law school.

Sociology Club

Vanessa Beltran

Major: Early Childhood Education & A.S. for Transfer

Transfer to Arizona State University

President of the sociology club and attend the Sociology conference in Oakland 2019.

First-generation college student


Suelen Lopez

  • Chemistry
  • Transferring to: UCSD
  • 2018 IVC Miss Freshman
  • 2019 IVC Miss Sophomore Nominee
  • 2019 IVC STEM Club’s Vice President,
  • Recipient of the National Science Foundation Scholarship
  • named best student in the Department of Chemistry for 2019-2020.
Suelen Lopez

Carlos Fitch

I am transitioning to be a Junior student at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus. I will be pursuing a double major in History and Spanish. I will be attending to an internship on Spanish linguistics within the next academic year. I had the honor to represent the IVC Foundation as an ambassador and I will be joining the SDSU Associated Student Council as an ambassador as well.

Shirley Escobedo

Graduated with Distinction and earned the following degrees:

  • Associate in Science in Administration of Justice
  • Associate in Arts in Social Science
  • Associate in Arts in Behavioral Science
  • Certificate: CalState University GE Breadth
Shirley Escobedo

Joseph Barnett

AS Degree (December 2019) Business Information Systems

Cassandra Olague

I am a mother of 7 children and I’m graduating this year with honors and distinction. I couldn’t have accomplished this goal without the immense support of my mother and husband. I am pursuing a career in the medical field and my next goal is to get my Bachelors degree. So excited for what the future holds for me.

Sheyla Esparza


Clarissa Vargas

Samantha Gonzalez

Associate in Sciences

Thanks for all the support from my family and friends! Special thank you to my very supportive and loving husband and children!

Raul D. McCormick

AA-T degree for History

I have been a DSPS student for 7 years. I’m grateful to God for being with me during this journey along with my family. I’ve finally graduated!!!

Rachel Ambriz

AA in Child Development

Moises Hernandez

Transferring to UCLA as a philosophy major.

I plan to pursue a career in law and return to the imperial valley to help create a more prosperous community. Thank you, IVC for giving me the foundation I needed to continue my education.
Moises Hernandez, Associated Student Government President

Debra Barnett

Business Administration for Transfer

With Honors

Business Accounting Technician

With Honors

Participated in VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Spring 2018

Plans to attend Columbia College, Imperial CA

Michael Sanchez

Major: AS-T, Administration of Justice

AA, Behavioral Science

Adrian Leon

Melida Rodriguez

Business Accounting Technician

Business Administrative Assistant

Melanie Grima

Recent Graduate

Megan Caldwell

3 degrees: AA in Social Science, AA in Univ Stu-Beh/Soc-CSUGE, and AA in Univ Stu-Art/Hum-CSUGE.

I am also proud to say that I never failed, or had to retake, any classes. In the future I hope to transfer to a university and become a high school teacher.

Maria Madrigal

Associate in Science, Child Development

LuLu Guerrero

Lucas Rangel

AS-T, Bus Admin for Transfer/CSUGE

AA, Univ Stu-Art/Hum - CSUGE

AS, Business Information Systems

AA, Univ Stu-Beh/Soc - CSUGE

CERT, CalState University GE Breadth

Lizeth Vaca

Kinesiology for Transfer

Lizeth Vaca, IVC Women's Soccer

Leopoldo Beltran

Business and I’m transferring to Northern Arizona University to pursue a career in Construction Management.

Keyla Galvan

Child Development Associate Teacher

Karina Montaño, AA/T

Jorge Chavez Jr.

Hopes to apply to the IVC RN program and become a Registered Nurse, and continue his education at San Diego State University with a major in Nursing and Psychology. I want to become a dermatology nurse practitioner and a mental health therapist.

That’s one of my biggest dreams in life. I want to help people. I want to create a positive environment and contribute back to my community as a healthcare professional. Overall, I aspire to be happy. Also, I wanna thank everyone, absolutely everyone who has helped me become who I am today. Special thanks to my mom.
Jorge Chavez Jr.
Julissa Reyes, AST/UC

Joseph A. Guler

Graduating with two Associates:

University Math & Science

General Science

4x President’s List Honors

4.0 GPA

Attending University of Arizona Fall of 2021

Josefina Abitogn

Jazmin Del Rocio

Administration of Justice and future plan is to apply for a job in the criminology field

Iris Valdez

AA-T in Psychology, AA in Behavioral Science, and AA in Universal Studies in Behavioral and Social Sciences.

I’ve had the privilege of being able to attend IVC for 3 years. I’m able to say within those three years I’ve managed to keep myself within Good Standing and even on the President’s Honors List. With that being said my GPA remained a 3.7 or higher during my 3 years at IVC. Finally, I have the honor of being within the Top 48 students out of 8,000 that were enrolled within my last semester at IVC.
Iris Valdez

Fernanda Torres

AA for Transfer to San Diego State University, with honors with hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher.

I’m so proud of completing this chapter of my life, and I’m ready for the next one. Thank you so much to all the IVC staff for all your support!
Ana M. Caratachea De Cortez

Fernanda Guerra

  • IGETC for NAU
  • IGETC for CSU
  • IGETC for UC
  • California State University General Education Breadth
  • AA with distinction in Behavioral Science
  • AA with distinction in Social Science
  • AA with distinction in University Studies in Behavioral and Social Science for CSUGE
  • AA with distinction in University Studies in Arts and Humanities for CSUGE
  • AA-T CSUGE with distinction in Sociology
I started attending NAU Yuma’s Social Work program Jan 2020 as a junior. I also became part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Fernanda Guerra

Brianna Verdugo

  • AA-T Communications
  • Graduating with Distinction
  • Communications Club Member
  • Attending San Diego State University in the Fall
Brianna Verdugo
Aracely Lynn

Andrea Luna

AA-T, Sociology and Psychology major

I am happy to say that I will be going to California State University of San Marcos this Fall 2020 and will finish my Bachelors Degree by Spring 2022. Some of my accomplishments throughout my years at IVC have beenBeing part of Associated Students Government Work-study Member of Vertical club Graduating with Honors being part of Associated Students Government Work-study Member of Vertical club Graduating with Honors
Ana Maria Palacios Torres

Daisy Escalante

Administration of Justice

Behavior Science

Adelaida Sandoval

  • AA-T in Psychology
  • AA in University Studies in Behavioral and Social Science
  • CERT for California State University General Education Breath
  • Accepted and transferring to SDSU (San Diego campus)
  • Student Leadership Ambassador for two years
  • Graduated IVC with Honors/Distinction and 3.6 GPA
Adelaida Sandoval

Alissa Crook

Communication Studies Major (AA-T)

Graduated “With Distinction”

President’s Honor List

GPA 3.8, Member Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Transferring to CSUSM Fall 2020

Alexxa Garcia

  • University Studies of arts and humanities.
  • played softball for IVC as 1st, 3rd, and outfield.

Alexis Retana

Administration of Justice and transferring to San Diego State University

Alexis Retana

Abigail Marie Andrade

University studies, Imperial Valley College

Abigail Marie Andrade


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