Student Speaker — Steven Jackson
This year's Commencement Student Speaker was Steven Jackson. Prior to coming to Cañada College, Steven worked for more than 13 years in the telecommunications industry throughout the SiliconValley. When he was laid off from Hewlett Packard at the end of 2011, he enrolled at Cañada in the hope of eventually earning a degree in Business Administration. In accomplishing that goal, he is the first in his family to have graduated with a college degree.
Steven is an officer in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, a member of the college's Beating TheOdds program, a peer mentor for disenfranchised, first generation students, and a volunteer with the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto, a non-profit organization that provides furniture, food, and clothing to low-income families. Steven will be attending UC Berkeley in the spring where he plans to major in Rhetoric with a minor in Economics. At Cañada College he completed four separate degrees, including, Business Administration, an AS in Accounting, an AA in Economics, and an AA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Social and Behavioral Sciences.