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Freedom Writers Foundation Founder, Erin Gruwell Delivers Keynote Address at American Career College Commencement Ceremony

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2013

Erin Gruwell, who has earned a reputation for her award-winning commitment to the future of education, delivered the keynote address at the recent American Career College Commencement Ceremony that took place on June 22, 2013 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

Ms. Gruwell’s impact as an agent of change runs deep. So deep, in fact, that her story attracted Hollywood’s attention. In January 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Gruwell. The film is based on The Freedom Writers Diary, the New York Times bestseller that chronicled Gruwell’s extraordinary journey with 150 Long Beach high school students who had been written off by the education system. By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students’ lives. With Gruwell’s support, her students overcame several obstacles faced by troubled teens, such as drugs and violence, and they soon became aspiring college students, published writers, and citizens for change.

American Career College (ACC) recently expanded its presence in Southern California by opening its doors in Downtown Long Beach at the historic Arts Building location. ACC’s commitment to improving the lives of its students, and the communities in which they serve through meaningful education mirrors the commitment of Ms. Gruwell, allowing her to be an ideal inspirational speaker for ACC’s Summer Class of 2013.

Commencement Ceremony Details

For over 35 years, American Career College has celebrated the achievements and hard work of its graduates during a commencement ceremony. On June 22, 2013, over 1,600 graduates walked across the stage and are now on their way to pursuing rewarding and satisfying careers in health care. As alumni, they will represent American Career College and its mission as they work to improve their communities through their chosen professions.

The graduates received diplomas in Vocational Nursing, Dental Assisting, Optical Dispensing, Massage Therapy, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Billing and Coding and the Medical Assistant program. Graduates also received their Associate’s Degrees in Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, and Health Information Technology. American Career College hopes that its graduates inspire innovation in their fields, achieve professional success, and contribute positively to the community.

Commencement was held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, where more than 10,000 people attended to participate in celebrating the graduating class.

About American Career College

American Career College (ACC) is a health care educator with four campuses located in Southern California. Founded by David Pyle ( over 35 years ago, ACC offers students a comprehensive array of high-quality educational programs which prepare graduates for a challenging and rewarding career in health care. For more information, visit


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