The confetti poppers exploded and a tissue-paper storm showered the dozens of graduates at Fresno State’s Department of Social Work Education commencement Friday morning.
Arnold Trevino, 51, of Strathmore also had a few rainbow-colored paper shreds dotting his ebony graduation gown here and there, and a couple of pieces got caught on the honor-student’s medallions. But he paid them no mind. He was too busy hugging his classmates as they put the last flourish on a series of celebrations.
Enjoying the party in the stands of Woodward Park’s sun-speckled Rotary Amphitheater were more than 20 of Arnold’s family members, some traveling from as far away as Utah and Arizona. In the front row sat his mother, Guadalupe Trevino.
Her eyes filled with tears when the ceremony ended and she was asked how she felt. At first, she couldn’t speak.
“His father,” she whispered. “His father …”
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