From dropout, drug addict to college grad: Indio man among 300 at CSUSB Palm Desert’s commencement

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The Desert Sun — Edgar Rivera, 48, should have never succeeded. In his first two years of high school, he failed all of his classes and earned zero credits.

His parents moved to a bad part of town, and he dropped out of school at 15 and started using drugs, becoming addicted to heroin and cocaine. Over the next 20 years he spent time in and out of prison for drug-related crimes like shoplifting and was deported twice because he was undocumented at the time. But 33 years later, Rivera has achieved more than he ever dreamed he could.

On Thursday, he and 307 classmates from Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Thirty of those graduates were members of the Palm Desert campus’s first freshman class from 2013.

The article was published June 15, 2017.

Read the complete article, and view an online video, at “From dropout, drug addict to college grad: Indio man among 300 at CSUSB Palm Desert’s commencement.”

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