Gov. Gavin Newsom pays first visit to Cypress College

Governor Gavin Newsom visited the Cypress College Veterans Resource Center on Thursday, October 27, 2022 as part of an event celebrating the passage of legislation creating an Orange County Veterans Cemetery. The legislation is the work of the Valor veterans group and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. Valor, Quirk-Silva and members of both California legislative branches were present, as were members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Cypress College was represented by President JoAnna Schilling, Chancellor Byron D. Clift Breland, and Juan Garcia, the VRC coordinator and counselor. Courtesy photo

By Marc S. Posner

Cypress College hosted California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, Oct. 27 in a ceremony honoring military veterans and marking the creation of the OC Veterans Cemetery.

The governor visited with Cypress College Veteran Resource Center along with students and employees and other elected officials who worked to make the cemetery a reality.

During his visit, Gov. Newsom held a ceremonial signing of the legislation, celebrating the work of the Veterans Alliance of Orange County (VALOR) veterans’ group and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. VALOR, Quirk-Silva, and members of both California legislative branches were present, as were members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Cypress College was officially represented by: President Dr. JoAnna Schilling; Chancellor Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland; Dr. Juan Garcia, the VRC coordinator and counselor; and Rebekah Dos Santos, a nursing major and Army veteran.

“We are thankful to Governor Newsom and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva for recognizing the work of our Cypress College Veterans Resource Center employees and our student veterans,” Dr. Schilling said. “Our vision in building the VRC was to serve the military-affiliated veterans who attend Cypress College as well as our local veteran’s community, by being California’s best veterans service center. It is both humbling and inspiring to have this work highlighted by the governor.”

Newsom is the first governor to visit Cypress College. During his visit, he spent time discussing how the state could further improve service to students, especially student veterans, with Dr. Schilling, Dr. Breland, Dr. Garcia, and Ms. Dos Santos.