To those struggling: Don’t let adversity define you. Change your response.

Julian Lopez was awarded a scholarship to join Cal State East Bay Men’s Basketball. But at the age of 18, he was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect that could be deadly if not treated. Lopez returned to the court and, on May 12, will receive his master’s degree in business marketing and management.

May 9, 2024

To the Runners: Don’t be afraid to race toward the unknown

He chose Cal State East Bay because of the cross country and track program. He stayed to continue on for his master’s in kinesiology. Matties will be graduating May 9 at 5 p.m. in the ceremony for the College of Education and Allied Studies.

May 8, 2024

For the Mamas: Keep chasing your dreams. You will catch them.

When Brittany Williams got pregnant during her senior year at Hayward High School, her dreams of going to college almost evaporated. On May 11, Williams will receive her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in college prep.

May 6, 2024