International Student Honored as Ohlone College Valedictorian - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

By Ohlone College.

Ai Nguyen gives her Valedictorian speech at Ohlone's 2016 Graduation Ceremony.Ms. Ai Nguyen is the Ohlone College Class of 2016 Valedictorian. A native of Vietnam, Ai came to Ohlone as an international student. She was impressed with Ohlone’s transfer rate, which is one of the highest in the state’s community college system, and chose to attend Ohlone to pursue her goal of transferring to UC Berkeley to complete a bachelor’s degree in business.

Ai’s TOEFL scores qualified her to take college level English and math courses but, while her written English skills were excellent, she was still struggling with spoken English. Those struggles caused her to work harder and she attained a 4.0 grade point average throughout the 92 units she completed at Ohlone.

One of Ai’s math teachers pointed out to her how well she did at math and encouraged her to look into taking more math and science courses. She followed that advice and received her diploma in computer science at Ohlone’s graduation ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2016. Ai is accepted into San Jose State University and is waiting anxiously to hear back from UC Berkeley.

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