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The Annual Nicholas Academic Centers' Graduation Celebration is Here!

The Nicholas Academic Centers will be hosting its 9th Annual NAC Graduation Celebration on Saturday, June 3rd. This year marks a new record as they are graduating it’s largest class, consisting of 171 seniors, 100% of whom have enlisted and will be attending college this Fall!

The ceremony centered on the graduates will celebrate in the company of their families, school administrators, community leaders, and other stakeholders. A majority of the recipients are first-generation college bound students and as we have seen, their accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable. There will be plenty of fun activities for everyone to enjoy such as digitial caricatures, strolling magicians and a performance by the Santa Ana High School Mariachi Band. 

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8th Annual NAC Graduation Celebration (6/11/2016)

Since the NAC’s inception in 2008, our program has mentored and guided 727 students through high school and enrollment in college. Locally and out of state, NAC scholars are able to flourish in any college environment. To date, our scholars have been awarded a total of $33 million in the form of grants and scholarship funding. Our students’ baccalaureate degree completion rates for 4 and 5 years are 56% and 75% respectively, compared to the national average of 39% and 55%, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. 

This year’s graduating class earned acceptances into over 90 colleges and universities, including Harvard, Cornell University, MIT, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Berkeley to name a few. NAC Co-Founder & Financier, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III, commended NAC Scholars for overcoming economic and cultural barriers and “crushing” the statistics for college admission retention. Approximately 80% of the NAC’s Class of 2016 will enroll directly into a 4-year fully accredited university, compared to a National average of 42% and only 26% for Latinos according to the National Center for Education Statistics.


7th Annual NAC Graduation (5/30/15)

The Nicholas Academic Centers hosted its 7th Annual Graduation Celebration on Saturday, May 30, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The Celebration honored all 124 Class of 2015 NAC graduates, 100% of whom will continue their education at institutions of higher learning in the fall. Nearly 800 people were present at the event to cheer on this year's graduates, including NAC juniors, families, community and business leaders, educators, and more. See a recap of the event below!


6th Annual NAC Graduation Celebration (6/7/2014)

Dr Henry T. Nicholas addresses the 2014 NAC graduate class.On Saturday, June 7, the NAC celebrated the graduation of 124 seniors at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach! 2014 marks the 6th year that we have celebrated the accomplishments of the Nicholas Academic Centers' graduates, who maintain a 94 percent college-retention rate when attending four-year private institutions, compared with the national average of 77 percent. The national average retention rate for Hispanic college students is less than 50 percent. Over the last six years we have been incredibly lucky to work with hundreds of young women and men from the Santa Ana Unified School District and neighboring communities, and this celebration exists to honor them and their families.

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2014 Graduation Campaign: Seven Days Until Graduation Teaser (5/31/2014)

The NAC Media Club made this short, fun video to coincide with their countdown campaign on Facebook & Twitter in anticipation of the NAC's 6th Annual Graduation Celebration, which is happening on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Newport Beach.

The NAC Media Club made this short, fun video to coincide with their countdown campaign on Facebook & Twitter in anticipation of the NAC's 6th Annual Graduation Celebration, which is happening on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Newport Beach.
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Chicago-Sun Times: "Senate puts victims-rights amendment on Nov. 4 ballot"


SPRINGFIELD—Following the House's lead, the Illinois Senate Thursday unanimously approved putting a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution before voters this fall that would increase crime victim rights.

The measure, which passed 59-0, would strengthen victims’ existing constitutional rights to be notified about court hearings, granted time to tell the court about the impact of the crime, obtain a hearing before their confidential court records are opened and be given standing to appeal court decisions that impact their rights.

The constitution now provides those rights but doesn’t give victims with any means to enforce them, which advocates say has resulted in victims’ rights often being ignored.

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Chicago Tribune News: "Voter protection, victim rights questions to appear on ballot"

April 10, 2014|By Maura Zurick | Clout Street

SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois voters this fall will get to decide a pair of constitutional amendments on ballot protections and crime victim rights.

The Senate voted today to put both questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.

House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed constitutional amendment to protect voter rights says no person should be denied registration and voting rights based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language or income.

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The Busiest Girl in School Biz: NAC Class of 2013 Alum Marilynda Bustamante Engages UCLA

When the sun rises over DeNeve Plaza at UCLA, NAC Class of 2013 alum Marilynda Bustamante is already off and running, sometimes literally, through a day comprised of classes, meetings, workshops, work, and – on occasion – hanging out with friends. It is not uncommon for days like these to slide into one another, when sleep waits until 3:00 AM and another busy day begins shortly after.

In the second quarter of her freshman year, Marilynda is learning to master the balancing act that is her schedule. She is currently taking three classes (Calculus, Poverty and Health in Latin America, and Mindful Learning: Exploring Your Own Perceptions, Emotions, and Thinking) and maintaining active memberships in no fewer than six campus clubs and organizations, including the Peer Health Exchange, where she teaches pregnancy prevention and sexual education to students in low-income charter schools across Los Angeles. With pride, Marilynda notes, “I taught the second-highest number of workshops last quarter, teaching 12 times in the classroom, and I only missed being first by one workshop!”
While Marilynda strives to be a leader in her extracurricular programs, the competitive culture on campus has also fueled her drive to succeed academically. “It’s extremely competitive here in the science department, so although students genuinely want to help each other succeed, there is an underlying pressure for everyone to feel the need to be the best.” Marilynda supplements her study schedule with tutoring sessions through UCLA’s Academic Advancement program. One of Marilynda’s most surprising discoveries at UCLA was finding that others, including students and faculty, value her contribution to the academic community. “What was surprising to me as I transitioned to college was the high level of respect and intrigue I received from the adults here, as well as my peers.” She adds, “I was shocked that they were concerned with hearing my voice.”


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