Julio Rene Flores to be 2015 Commencement student speaker

Julio Rene Flores with his Graduate Rising Star Award

Julio Rene Flores with his NASPA Graduate Rising Star Award

Educational Counseling student Julio Rene Flores has been selected to be the student speaker at the 2015 Commencement on May 15. Flores is a native of the greater Los Angeles area, born to immigrant parents from Nicaragua. Before entering the Educational Counseling program, Julio attended Rio Hondo College and California Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Throughout his graduate studies, Julio has served as a Rossier Ambassador and as a graduate adviser with USC’s Center for Student Involvement, part of the Undergraduate Student Government.

Julio’s interest in student affairs arose from his own involvement in student government, and he remains committed to community college issues and improving the paths for first-generation college students like himself. In the summer of 2013, Flores was selected to attend the Dungy Leadership Institute, a selective program that draws emerging leaders from across the country for personal and professional development.

He has been heavily involved in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), including NASPA’s Undergraduate Fellows Program, which pairs students with mentors to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and higher education. He went on to serve as a graduate associate in NASPA.

In the summer of 2014, Julio completed an internship as a research assistant with the Campaign for College Opportunity, where he supported a policy project by conducting data analysis and reporting on the findings. He also completed a public policy internship with the College Board.

In the fall of 2014, Julio was the recipient of NASPA’s Graduate Rising Star Award at the organization’s Western Regional Conference. He is the first USC Rossier student to receive that honor.