PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — More than 6,000 students graduated from Portland State University (PSU) on Sunday. The Class of 2014 from PSU was the largest in the state.
Back-to-back ceremonies took place at the Moda Center for the student who came from 44 different states and 51 nations. They ranged in age from 19 to 72-years-old.
A former valedictorian of Reynolds High School was among the graduates. Eddie Ramirez was brought to the United States from Mexico when he was just 1-year-old. He said he learned he was undocumented when he was 8-year-old and worried he would never be able to attend college.
“I got to orientation at Portland State, and my mom in tears, said ‘We can’t afford this, we have to look at other things.’ But now, being able to be a commencement speaker today and representing other undocumented students and earning a spot on OHSU, it’s a blessing and something that was an obstacle at first but that’s who I am,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez explained he was able to attend college because of the Dream Act. He is now enrolled at OHSU, continuing his education to become a dentist.
PSU President Wim Wiewel said the university is about accessibility and possibility.