May 27, 2015
Seventeen-year-old Vivian Nedeltchev spent long hours in classrooms on her way to graduation. Frequent 12-hour days and summer school classes paid off: She is graduating this year from high school and also from Mt. San Jacinto College, where she has earned five associate’s degrees.
“It was a lot of work,” said Vivian, a Beaumont High School student. “It’s a good opportunity.”
A dual enrollment student, Vivian will join other MSJC graduates on Friday, May 29 for the 2015 commencement ceremonies at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater in Hemet. She will graduate from Beaumont High School next week, where Dr. Bill Vincent, MSJC’s vice president of Student Services, will assist in the presentation of her diploma.
In total, 1,219 students make up MSJC’s Class of 2015. The college will award 1,854 associate’s degrees and 150 certificates for an impressive total of 2,004 combined degrees/certificates this year. Many students earn more than one degree or certificate or a combination of both each year.
Vivian became a dual enrollment student at MSJC during her sophomore year at Beaumont High. MSJC will award her associate’s degrees in Liberal Arts- Social Behavioral Sciences; Social Behavioral Sciences; Liberal Arts- Mathematics & Science; Humanities; and Mathematics.
Vivian will enter UC Berkeley to study math and computer science and plans to earn a doctorate. In the summer, she will attend Harvard to study education. She said she plans on becoming a high school math teacher.
Like Vivian, Mohammad Salahat and Andy Trang of MSJC’s Class of 2015 also focused on mathematics.
Salahat, 27, of Murrieta will receive associate’s degrees in Social Behavior in Science and Mathematics in Science. He plans to start at Cal State San Bernardino in the summer, where he will major in criminal justice with a minor in mathematics.
“My dream job is to work at a government job but with mathematics,” Salahat said.
Salahat, who has dyslexia and stutters, received support from MSJC’s Disabled Students Programs & Services, but he also lent his support to other students. At the Menifee Valley Campus, Salahat frequently helped other students in the Disabled Students Programs & Services and he organized an Islamic Forum in which he was the producer, speaker and emcee.
Trang focused on math and science during his time at MSJC and he plans to expand on that knowledge into his future.
Trang, 21, from Quail Valley, will earn an associate degree in mathematics. He will start in the fall at University of California, Davis, where he will pursue a degree in aerospace engineering.
“I’m pretty excited,” Trang said.
Trang already has tried his hand at engineering. Earlier this year, Trang helped lead MSJC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) team that took part in a University of California, Riverside competition to build a wind-powered turbine.
As an Honors student, Trang said he had the opportunity to write and present research papers, which he said helped him to improve his critical thinking and writing skills.
“I think it’s important that we expand our horizons,” Trang said. “I want more people to understand what science is about."