This just in: Fullerton College has chosen one of the O.C.'s favorite native sons, Gustavo Arellano, as its commencement speaker. This year is Fullerton College's centennial year.
As Gustavo says, "It really is an honor, especially given I'm a product of the community college system."
We couldn't agree more. Devoted readers of Dissent will remember that Rebel Girl has nominated Gustavo as a commencement speaker for years (years!) now.
She has all but given up especially since the last time it was made clear to her in no uncertain terms just how inappropriate a nominee such as Gustavo was. She can take a hint. (For the record, the committee wasn't too impressed with local hijab-wearing feminist journalists or Middle Eastern scholars from neighboring UCs either.) Make of that what you will. All Rebel Girl can tell you is that is was one of the most toxic meetings she has ever attended and that is saying a great deal.
Read all about Fullerton's choice here.
Read about IVC's commencement speaker process here. Perhaps this is the year when Tom Hanks will visit the little college in the orange groves. We'll see.