The keynote speaker of the Dramouth College first graduate, Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee has urged graduates of the institution to make conscious efforts to cross borders of fears, tearing down the invisible walls and lead us to peace rather than division, and also challenged them to break down barriers.
According to WCAX.COM, a feat Cordero and his family know well. They were all on the Dartmouth green Sunday morning to cheer Cordero on, which he says is an example of the support that first generation college students like himself need to succeed.
“Find the people who will support you, and have them help you find other people who will help you. Because ultimately, you’re creating a support network who cares about you deeply, and they will make things happen for you,” Cordero said.
Dartmouth College bid farewell and good luck to more than 16-hundred graduates Monday. While many students are celebrating, one graduate says leaving the New Hampshire school is bitter sweet.
“I’m leaving and, I mean, I’ll come back as an alumnus but it’s not going to be the same ever,” said David Cordero.
Graduation day feels bittersweet to Cordero. On the one hand, he says he’s learned a lot in his four years at Dartmouth — like embracing his passions. It shows by the number of sashes he wears over his robe. The English major and computer science minor says he now has a lot to look forward too.
He’s headed to Massachusetts to work at IBM. On the other hand, leaving Dartmouth is tough for him, since getting there was a big step for him — and his family. “I’m a first generation college student — which is weird coming to such a different place. Especially 3,000 miles away,” he said.
His family lives in Silicon Valley now, but they’re originally from Mexico City, where access to higher education was difficult for Cordero’s parents.
Getting to this moment was huge for his family. Cordero joined more than 1,000 undergraduates and 600 graduate students in receiving their Dartmouth degrees.
Cordero and his classmates now join a larger support network of proud Dartmouth Alumni.