CSUSB president’s scholar graduates with degree at 18


Chronologically speaking, Ting Ting Law has more in common with seniors graduating from high school. But academically, the 18-year-old has more in common with Cal State San Bernardino seniors as she becomes one of the youngest members of the university’s class of 2012 to receive a bachelor’s degree.

PAES _ Ting Ting Law and mom Linda Wong

Ting Ting Law, 18, and her mother, Linda Wong. Ting Ting, a President's Academic Excellence Scholar, graduates on Saturday.

Law, who lives with her mother in Victorville, will receive her degree in marketing and minor in finance from the CSUSB College of Business and Public Administration during the college’s commencement exercise on Saturday, June 16, at 4:45 p.m. at the university’s Coussoulis Arena.

Attaining a bachelor’s degree for many graduates may be the culmination of their educational career, but for Law, it’s just the beginning.

“I’m starting the M.B.A. program at Cal State San Bernardino in the fall,” said Law, who plans to seek a dual M.B.A. in entrepreneurship and supply management.”

It sounds daunting for one so young, but not a surprise if you know Ting Ting Law.

She and her mother, Linda Wong, came to the United States in 2004 from China when Law was 10 years old. At that time her English vocabulary consisted of about 50 words, including the phrase “How are you?” Law said.

But Wong, who teaches mathematics at a charter school and is a CSUSB alumna, class of 2009, brought her daughter to the United States for the educational opportunities. Wong urged her daughter to do her best.

And that’s what Law did. She applied herself rigorously to her studies and it paid off.

She attended Victor Valley Community College simultaneously as a freshman and as a senior at Victor Valley High School.

At the age of 16, Law became one of the youngest incoming freshmen at Cal State San Bernardino, but she also became one of the youngest members of an elite group of students—a President’s Academic Excellence Scholar, part of a group of students who are among the brightest scholars at their respective San Bernardino County high schools.

To attain this prestigious scholarship, Law ranked in the top 1 percent of her high school graduating class.

Earning a master’s degree won’t be the end of her university studies. She is interested in pursuing a doctorate and also a graduate degree in communication studies, and she hopes to work in a position involving high-level business negotiations.

“One day I would like to negotiate for Google and Microsoft for smart phones.”

She laughed when asked if either company knew of her plans.

“No, but one day it could very well happen,” Law said.

And she’s just the person to make it happen.

For more information on the CSUSB President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship program, contact the CSUSB admissions and student recruitment office at (909) 537-5188.

The graduation ceremonies at Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena will be streamed online on the university’s academic computing and media live webcast page. For more information on the university’s commencement ceremonies, visit the CSUSB commencement Web page.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.