On a prison yard 70 miles away from Cal State LA’s campus, the university celebrated its newest graduates. A first-of-its-kind commencement inside of a prison celebrated 25 inmates that received bachelors degrees while incarcerated.

“Today, an education to me, means freedom, redemption, and opportunity,” graduate Dara Yin said during his student address at the ceremony. “The freedom to create better lives. A redeeming quality in the sense that we can step out of an identity that was destructive and into the person our mothers always meant for us to be. The opportunity to show that we are not our worst decisions, that we crave to be a part of the larger society so that we can put to use our unique combination of lived experience and education.”



PICTURE: Robert Huskey/Cal State LA