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Historically Black Colleges and Universities Recruitment Fair, College Night draws hundreds of students to Rio Americano

 Photo of college booths at HBCU event Hundreds of high school students from San Juan Unified and neighboring school districts arrived on Rio Americano High School’s campus Thursday for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Recruitment Fair and College Night.


The events featured representatives from several colleges and universities across the country showcasing each school’s unique programs and opportunities.


The HBCU Recruitment Fair was sponsored by the nonprofit U-CAN Go to College and took place from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Click here to view a Facebook Live video from the event.


Students who attended were able to get help with financial aid, learn more about the colleges and universities in attendance, and some students even received on-the-spot admissions offers and scholarships.


Students smiling at HBCU event College Night was held from 6 – 8 p.m. and included five seminars from guest speakers on a wide range of topics, including financial aid, community college and tips for filling out a college application.


San Juan Unified Director of Equity and Student Achievement Gloria Ervin said the events were a great way to build confidence in students and help them plan out their future.


“Many of our students don’t even believe they have the opportunity [to go to college],” Ervin said. “Right now, we’re building lives, and creating and shaping paths. We’re helping kids reach their potential.”


Del Campo High School senior Diego Peaches received on-the-spot admission offers from Virginia State University and Mississippi Valley State University at the HBCU Recruitment Fair.


“It feels really good,” said Peaches after learning he was accepted at both universities. “You just don’t know how easy it is to get accepted until you go to a fair like this one.”


Dave Rodigo, a father of three San Juan Unified students, said it was his third time attending College Night — this time with his daughter Ivy. Rodigo said the event is a great way for his children to learn about all of their opportunities.


“I think [College Night] is a great venue for all people,” Rodigo said. “They have the opportunity to look at some of the different ways to pay for college and learn about different schools. It’s a great opportunity for San Juan Unified students.”