Beloved, 50-year City College professor retires
Professor Cruz Ranjel was honored at the 2019 Chicano Latina Graduation Celebration that he founded.
By: Brian Mohler, Arts & Entertainment Editor
When Professor Cruz Ranjel started teaching at San Diego City College, Richard Nixon was President and many of his students did not have the right to vote. The 26th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution hadn’t lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 yet.
Ranjel has been teaching Chicano studies at City College for the past 50 years and helped start the Chicano-Latina graduation celebration, now in its 49th year.
During the graduation this year, celebrated on May 18, Ranjel congratulated students and gave out sarape sashes, representing pride in cultural heritage.
Although the bookstore now sells mass-produced sarape sashes, Ranjel still makes the brilliantly colored sashes he gives out by hand.
“The different colors represent the diversity within the Chicano population,” Ranjel said.
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