L.A. Daily News: These Valley students are the first in their families to college. Here’s what that’s like


When he walks across the stage at Los Angeles Valley College on June 5, Ronnell Evans will mark the end of one journey and the start of another. After five years of study and work to support himself, he’ll have earned his associate’s degree.

Evans, a 26-year-old from Pacoima, is the first in his family to graduate from college. Neither his father, incarcerated since Evans was three, nor his mother, a nursing assistant, went to college. With a sometimes unsteady home life and financial struggles, Evans has had to meet his goal of college largely on his own.

“I was completely uninformed about college,” he said. “The goal was for us to graduate high school so we could get jobs and support ourselves.”

Across the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles this spring, thousands of graduates like Evans will be the first in their families to earn a college degree. According to LAVC, 32 percent of students in the fall of 2016, the most recent data available, were from families where neither parent went to college.

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