Chadron State College honored 229 candidates for graduation at commencement exercises Friday.

Dr. Beth Wentworth, Mathematics Professor, spoke at the graduate ceremony in Memorial Hall.

CSC 2014 alumnus Adolfo Daniel Reynaga, an Attorney with Legal Aid of Nebraska, spoke at the undergraduate ceremony in the Chicoine Center.

Reynaga is an Attorney for Legal Aid of Nebraska, a non-profit organization in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, that provides legal representation to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse.

Reynaga graduated from Chadron State College in 2014 with a Legal Studies major and a Criminal Justice minor. His extracurricular involvement included Revive Student Ministries, Legal Studies Club, Blue Key National Honor Society, Campus Activities Board, and Student Senate. He also participated in the 2013 London Study Abroad trip. During his senior year, Reynaga was appointed by the Governor to represent Chadron State College as a Student Trustee for the Nebraska State College System.

From day one, the faculty and staff reassured me that CSC was a special place and they would help me achieve my goals,” Reynaga said. “Aside from incredible opportunities, the relationships I was able to foster, both personal and professional, were something I could only get at a place like CSC. Together, these helped lay the foundation for whom I am today, both as an individual and a professional.”

As a Student Senator, Reynaga visited another state college during a board meeting and was inspired with an idea to install water bottle filling stations at CSC. He introduced the plan to Student Senate, and within a few months, the $15,000 project was approved.

“In a world where young people are often shunned from leadership roles for lack of experience, these types of opportunities can have a profound effect,” Reynaga said. “This experience with Student Senate gave me confidence to know that when the proper tools and resources are available, nothing is impossible.”

Reynaga obtained his law degree from the University of Nebraska where he worked with UNL’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a service designed to provide free tax preparation for low- income families. This community service work was key in Reynaga earning UNL’s 2019 Spirit of Service Award, an annual honor for one University of Nebraska-Lincoln student who has shown outstanding achievement in the area of community service.

After graduating from UNL and being admitted to the Nebraska Bar, Reynaga began his career at Legal Aid as a staff attorney for Raising Effective Advocacy for Crime Victim’s Health and Safety.

Outside of his work with Legal Aid, he serves as the Vice Chair for the Nebraska Latino American Commission. As the child of two Mexican immigrants, Reynaga said he is pleased to serve on the commission that links state government and the Hispanic/Latino communities of Nebraska.

Reynaga is married to the former Stephanie Burger, a fellow 2014 CSC graduate. Both graduated from Alliance High School. The couple has three children.

The following students from Box Butte County received their degrees:

Jacqueline Walker, of Alliance, Master of Arts in Education

Cindy Baker, of Alliance, Master of Business Administration

Shasta Nguyen, of Alliance, Master of Education

Matthew Ellis, of Alliance, Bachelor of Arts

Ashley Fattig, of Alliance, Bachelor of Arts

Nicholas Smith, of Alliance, Bachelor of Arts

Tristan Heldenbrand, of Alliance, Bachelor of Arts cum laude

Jordan Mak, of Alliance, Bachelor of Arts

Jolene Rydell, of Alliance, Bachelor of Arts

Sharaya Toof, of Alliance, Bachelor of Arts

Nicholas Smith, of Alliance, Bachelor of Arts

Colt Foster, of Hemingford, Bachelor of Arts

Chadron State College, which was founded in 1911, is the only four-year, regionally-accredited college in the western half of Nebraska. As a public institution with its roots in teacher education, Chadron State takes pride in its accessibility and affordability. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students currently attend Chadron State and its curriculum has grown to offer programs and courses in more than 50 majors and endorsements and eight master's degree programs.

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