Commencement Speakers

Juan Camara Pech portraitJuan Camara Pech

Juan Camara Pech is a U.S. Army veteran, first-generation college student, and first-generation immigrant, originally from Yucatán, Mexico. A second-year COM student majoring in sociology, he plans to continue his education to receive his bachelor’s degree before attending law school. Juan’s long-term goal is to become a defense attorney and an elected official who serves as a voice and advocate for people who are voiceless in society. Juan explained that as a first-generation college student, he sometimes did not know how to navigate higher learning, but he was pleased to find guidance and support at COM. One thing he has enjoyed most about his experience at COM is being a part of the Puente Learning Community and finding mentors that have constantly supported him throughout this learning process that has been higher education. At COM, Juan was sworn in by the Board of Trustees in spring 2022 to serve as the Student Trustee and member of ASCOM. He has been a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society, the Social Justice Club, and has served in other roles through college work-study. In all his positions, Juan has strived to be an equitable and representative voice for students and leave a positive impact on campus community.

Carolina Zaragoza portraitCarolina Zaragoza

Carolina’s journey has not been an easy one. During her time at College of Marin, she has overcome homelessness, food insecurity and the passing of a loved one, all while raising her children as a single parent and working towards her degree. This spring, Carolina is receiving an AAT degree in Criminal Justice. In the fall, she is looking forward to transferring to Sonoma State University where she will continue studying Criminal Justice with the ultimate goal of having a career in law enforcement.