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A social mobility success story

Zabdi Velásquez beaming with his graduation stoles at UC Riverside.

The son of migrants who never completed high school, Zabdi Velásquez transferred to UC from a community college. Now, just two years later, he has not only earned his bachelor’s degree, but is heading to UCLA for a Ph.D. in political science. Zabdi is one of many success stories in the Class of 2023, reflecting UC’s strength as an agent of social and economic mobility.

Meet Zabdi and learn how UC is removing barriers to education

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