(Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)
May 11, 2013
WSUV graduate Monica Santos-Pinacho gets a hug from her mother, Aquilina Pinacho, outside the Sleep Country Amphitheater.
before the commencement ceremony for Washington State University Vancouver on Saturday. Aquilina brought her daughter to the U.S. from Mexico when Santos-Pinacho was 9 years old and insisted she get an education; now Santos-Pinacho wants to follow in her mother's footsteps by working to open up access to higher education for more minority students.