Man who spent half his adult life in prison graduates with honors from Cal State Long Beach | ABC7

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    In a Facebook post, Joseph Valadez says he finished his last two semesters on the "President's Honor List" for getting straight A's. "There's a misconception about guys like me that I want to break. If I can do it, anyone can."
    Full story: abc7.com/education/former-inmate-graduates-with-honors-from-csulb/10345182/

Kevin C
Kevin C

Is Sociology an easy major?

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A CHICANO’s OPINION
A CHICANO’s OPINION

It’s never to late respect ✊🏼

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Py Kaylee
Py Kaylee

Oh my god I took one class with Joseph during my first transfer semester at CSULB. He is the nicest person I ever met! He worked hard and always participated in class! You did great job! Congrat Joseph!

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Kennedy Vang
Kennedy Vang

People in prison are smart...they got nothing but time to read and think

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Patty V
Patty V

Love it

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Dirty D
Dirty D

Awesome dude!!!

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Desirae Richarte
Desirae Richarte

God bless him! Never too late to make a change! His mama is proud for sure!

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Undisputed Champ
Undisputed Champ

Congrats ! Your never too old to change and grow!

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Hank Gonzales
Hank Gonzales

Praise God, we need more stories of redemption like this. Bless you my brother!

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big Sherm #1
big Sherm #1

Orale!!!!

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Sanny Diaz
Sanny Diaz

Already big homie

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DeAndre Gary
DeAndre Gary

How that even possible.

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CalisRemedy
CalisRemedy

I’m graduating this spring from Cal State Long Beach much love to Joseph

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Art Lopez
Art Lopez

He's now a carpenter in local 562 homies to hardhats.

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Stephanie Hernandez
Stephanie Hernandez

I’m a freshman at this school! 🤍

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Tela Mamo
Tela Mamo

Too little too late.

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Anthony Cruz
Anthony Cruz

As a Sociology major, congratulations sir and god speed. 💯🇲🇽

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Tina Derossett
Tina Derossett

Joe good for you everybody is so proud of you even your Mom your Mom is with you all the way in your ❤️ heart cause she love you very much and I know she is so proud that you change your life around you go keep up the good hard work your doing we all behind you 💯 precent good luck on your furture. your Mom watching over you from heaven keep making your Mom proud of you and I'm so glad you got off the drugs and I know your Mom is so proud that you got off the drugs to.👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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Gene Spight
Gene Spight

Congrats sir you Absolutely deserve it may God bless

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H B
H B

goes to show that cali is a pile of shit

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Angel G
Angel G

Fuk this lame.A real contribution to LA. Now pay back the tax dollars that was spent to take care of your sorry ass

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Meade Music
Meade Music

I'm 41 and I get my Associate's Degree this spring and will transfer to a 4 year college to major in Ministry/Culinary Arts

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Mrs. Gonzales
Mrs. Gonzales

I applaud!

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Preston Powers
Preston Powers

Congratulations 🎊🎉🎈! You worked hard, Brother! Your mother is proud!!!

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Tina Davis
Tina Davis

Good for him...

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TAAF Office
TAAF Office

Awesome Sir!!

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Johnny Rayo
Johnny Rayo

The trick is to never lose hope

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FadedHD
FadedHD

Amazing congratulations !

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C.G D
C.G D

God bless all mothers

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Joseph Ippolito
Joseph Ippolito

It's time! Throw pennies on the ground in front of the court house, My People! Give this 2year old child  Penny Lane Ippolito in D.H.S. Fort Collins Co, a chance to have a normal life with her real family! Flim yourself littering the streets with pennies for Penny bra! ,,,,,,,

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girlygamer
girlygamer

Good for him...

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Ned Flanders
Ned Flanders

Congrats to him but I'm sure the pic only went viral because he's wearing a wife-beater with his graduation cap. Lol

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Erick Angeles
Erick Angeles

Da homie with da wisdom foo

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Jorge Rivera
Jorge Rivera

¿Como has cambiado homes?

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J M
J M

It's that easy?

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Ratas Ratas
Ratas Ratas

Oh yea? Good luck getting a job

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K1DD TOP SKULL
K1DD TOP SKULL

Dam good for him 👍👍👍👍

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Denise Castaneda
Denise Castaneda

had a class with him at csulb and he was such a sweet and hardworking dude so proud !!!

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Wayne Randles
Wayne Randles

The only down side to this he’ll be up for retirement in 3 years!

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Steven T
Steven T

Wow 🤩 what a story of redemption

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CHUBBYTRUBBY HERNANDEZ
CHUBBYTRUBBY HERNANDEZ

Thats right homie

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Titanic Hispanic
Titanic Hispanic

RESPECT OG 🤙🏽

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Rolan Kelly
Rolan Kelly

That’s awesome Joe go make a change brother plenty of time left. 💪🏽

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Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones

Word up. Proud of my G!!

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Freedom Ofspeech
Freedom Ofspeech

Lmaoooo prison honors graduate . Too bad he wasn’t smart enough to not go to prison to begin with

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Honey bee
Honey bee

These are the best stories. I am happy for him.

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Greatest CPT Ever 310
Greatest CPT Ever 310

That's right OG made it for your jefita

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BIG HEART BIG CAPS
BIG HEART BIG CAPS

CONGRATULATIONS 🙏👏

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sunnymadethat ,
sunnymadethat ,

That's a blessing I'mreally glad he took some initiative over his life after a bad situation most resort back to whatever got them in the mess to begin with really I wish him nothing but the best

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Liam Barlett
Liam Barlett

I knew this news anchor looked familiar!!!l 😆 😆GOOGLE... FUNNY NEWS BLOOPERS. 😆 😆.

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Uncrowned King
Uncrowned King

Congratulations sir. From one college graduate to another.

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butterflyheavenly M
butterflyheavenly M

Wow that is so amazing triumph over all the adversity that he has faced. Truly changed his life around second chance .I am also currently working on my first Bachelors degree 📜 in the same university and second semester I want to give up . I had a kidney transplant 5 years ago my older brother passed away last year was in the navy. I just turned 40 I feel older than most of my classmates. I’m a sociology major as well I feel it’s going to take me forever to graduate but I feel like it’s never too late to earn your education or accomplish anything I’m your life. Congratulations Sir worked for it mom would be so proud 🥲🥺🤍🙏🏼💪🏼💞

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Butch Cassidy
Butch Cassidy

Thank you so much for this, I'm a 10 time felon, I've done 12 years and I'm going to do the exact same thing because of this video. He has inspired me so much.When I saw him crying I wanted to hug him and let him know he made it" and that he left the light on for thousands". I will always remember him and I will give him all the credit when I graduate. Thanks

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NorthernCaliWay
NorthernCaliWay

Good for him I was a trucker and got tired of it so now I’m in college and it seems like a long term game for me. I work 10 hours a day and go to school online while I’m at work. (Armed security) It’s hard to really understand the concept of how long it will take to finish when I’m only taking 1-2 classes per 4 months or 1 semester how the fuk am I gunna get a degree in 4 years more like 6-7 years at this rate the average college student takes 3-4 classes per semester. Then when u do get a degree ur only making the equivalent to $30-40 an hour. I made that as a union trucker but I’m obviously if In an office and have on clean clothes and dnt have to deal with accidents or risk your life while on the job so I guess it’s a trade off 🤷🏻‍♂️😬

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IAN m
IAN m

We're all proud of you Joseph . I lost my mother when I was 29 I know the pain well but my mothers always with us.

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Lyssa P
Lyssa P

That signage in the background should have a few more letters added to the end of it... GO BE A CHange ⭐💕

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Dog Feva
Dog Feva

Ok what’s the point of all this is it just for the clout

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F. Soto
F. Soto

Great story of making the change & coming out clean on the other side!

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Gizmo Des
Gizmo Des

That's what's up!👊🏻

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Mike Martinez
Mike Martinez

Remember fellas it’s hard to do good

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Antonio Flores
Antonio Flores

DAMN GOT ME IN TEARS THATS AWESOME

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Carmen Puch
Carmen Puch

Truly amazing great 👍 job the sky is your limit never lose hope ( very inspiring ❤️

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Marc S
Marc S

That’s big. Way to make mama proud. Well done, sir.

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Ghetto Grower
Ghetto Grower

They took it back https://youtu.be/qiZvzKe7lVw trying to say he cheated

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DUECE
DUECE

Man this is inspiring to me my mother always worry about me she used to get me outta prison and many people think bad bout me but im really humble good guy she sent me away to live with my uncle got no job I try to go to college because I want my parents to be proud of me alot people think imma low life 💯

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David Delgadillo
David Delgadillo

He should be able to vote

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1dueceon9er
1dueceon9er

He accomplished what he should have done without prison......🤦🤦.

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fabian fierro
fabian fierro

Reading books for years pays off have you ever read a letter from a person who has done years in prison they sound highly articulate 💯

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Jesse Delariva
Jesse Delariva

Thank you Joseph people like you gives hope to the hearts of addicts you inspire people and people like you are what god speaks through thank you 🙏

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enaibe e
enaibe e

love it!

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Ivan Torres
Ivan Torres

People don’t realize that we only have one life to live. This isn’t a “ practice run” it’s your one and only life. Go after any and everything, no matter your circumstances! Live this one and only life to the best of your ability!

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GABRIELA DAWSON
GABRIELA DAWSON

@mm ww I don’t blame those who End Their Lives cause this Society Is A Pieceashit Fuck The MATRIX!!!!

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mm ww
mm ww

Ivan Torres, thank you

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mm ww
mm ww

Ivan Torres. This should be a message for those who want to end their life. There are no second chances. Live the life God gave you. Live it to the fullest🙏

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Ivan Torres
Ivan Torres

This is fantastic! Congratulations, and good luck with achieving your masters!

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E Wo
E Wo

It don't matter my husband went to prison for 25 years and received a degree from Texas A&M and he can't use it cuz no one will give him a job

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Angel Abrego
Angel Abrego

I graduated from there!

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Stephan Williams
Stephan Williams

But jobs that require college degrees also require a backround check

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José José
José José

Schools a waste of time tbh despite the certification

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Patricia 22929 Roman
Patricia 22929 Roman

Nice!

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Ricardo Garza
Ricardo Garza

Iam from mission tx now I believe in my self too

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Ricardo Garza
Ricardo Garza

Yes bro I did 18 years too. I got tired now iam a truck driver exploring the world I love it and hope others fallow us like u bro I feel ur pain because I go through it too love my job free my mother is proud of me my brother too God bless you

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Proview82
Proview82

You go big homey! Such an awesome story of redemption. You are the man, sir.

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Mark Odessy
Mark Odessy

Respect!

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Caroleka Sumner
Caroleka Sumner

Congratulations this is awesome 👌

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DONNIE GRANDE
DONNIE GRANDE

That's a real life gangster maturing becoming a man and graduating with honors!

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TheVibes Munoz
TheVibes Munoz

Es todo Tio!! Viva la Raza

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Jennifer Paz Vivar
Jennifer Paz Vivar

Good Job May God bless you

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Julie Underwood
Julie Underwood

Thank the good Lord for all the chances he has given each and everyone of us. use WISELY !!! CONGRATULATIONS👏 well deserved❤

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Messiah's Daughter Beaton
Messiah's Daughter Beaton

It's not always how you start, it how you finish. Wonderful!

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Nay
Nay

Good for him. I hope I don't have to wait until I'm in my 60s to finish.

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Fefv Ffgscb
Fefv Ffgscb

Long Beach is a racist city, bet he was in gang back then that was killing blacks and Asians.. the race war still active today and bet it all started from these fool...it's cool he got clean and all but in bet he got body's .... these fools that murder peole and go to prison to repent has no respect from me cause they're victims don't get second chances

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Rick James
Rick James

It’s an Arts degree dude calm down 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Daniel Interiano
Daniel Interiano

This is amazing story thats a real man real there.... God bless.....

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J
J

God bless you you're Mom is smiling down on you brother !

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Juke Boxx
Juke Boxx

That’s right big homie!!! U made our raza proud

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Everyone gets a second chance but much like anything in life, you have to earn it...this man earned his degree. So much respect for this man.

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Mr. Ortega
Mr. Ortega

That's right OG mucho respeto. Open yours eyes lil homies!!

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abc123 Lov
abc123 Lov

don't know you never met you...but im happy for you. your mom would definitely be proud of you. stay up bro!

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Pablo
Pablo

Do you think he got those A's because his teacher's were scared of him? I'm just messing. Congrats on your hard work. I am sure your story will inspire those that need it. ✊

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Dora Campos
Dora Campos

He waited to long to change his life. No matter what he achieves, he’s sweet mom won’t be able to see it. That’s why he cries like that. He has a guilty conscience. I can only imagine what he put his mom through. Drugs at 11, gangs and spending 30 yrs in prison.. whoa! I hope teens/young adults see this and learn something from it. Drugs, violence, gangs can ruin your life or at least spend half of your life locked up. Is good that he changed his mentality and did something about it... but still in my opinion to late, he’s mom is gone!

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ALV ALV
ALV ALV

Ooooooorale 😎👍🏼

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Medic Mike Relf
Medic Mike Relf

I’m So Happy For You My Brotha

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