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2019 Commencement Student Speaker

Sergio Garcia-Koobac has been an IVC student for the past three years, where he has overcome adverse situations, gained leadership experience, and achieved academic success. He is a first-generation student from a Mexican immigrant family.

While maintaining a 3.7 GPA, Sergio has been a member of IVC’s Associated Student Government, where he has served as a public relations commissioner, Director of Public Relations, and a Senator for the School of the Arts. He joined the honors program, became a student ambassador, served on the Executive Board of the Feminist Club, and served as a peer mentor for the first year of IVC’s Promise program. In 2017, Sergio was selected as Homecoming Royalty. He has also been an active participant in IVC’s Pride Scholars Program for LGBTQIA+ students.

Sergio will transfer to a four-year university. He was accepted into UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara, where he will major in communications and minor in public relations. He also wants to take internships that will further his knowledge. He hopes to study interpersonal communication in a graduate program at New York University.

Sergio says that communication is his passion; he is fascinated by seeing how people connect through both speech and non-verbal means. He would like to work for a variety of media companies before opening his own public relations firm, which will focus on highlighting and publicizing companies and influencers who are changing the world.