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PSJA North Alum Honored at White House during special graduation ceremony

Reymundo Elvira

President Donald Trump recently invited graduates from various schools from across the country to the White House to celebrate the nation’s graduating Class of 2020, one of whom was Reymundo Elvira, Jr., a PSJA ISD Class of 2016 graduate.

“I am overjoyed that a PSJA ISD alumni was selected for this prestigious celebration,” said PSJA ISD Superintendent Dr. Jorge Arredondo. “This speaks volumes to what our students can accomplish if they set their minds to it.”

Elvira graduated from PSJA North Early College High School in 2016 with an Associate Degree from South Texas College in Applied Sciences–Physics. Elvira then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

As a student at UT Austin, the PSJA North alum was involved in a club called Bienvenido, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the enhancement of the Hispanic community. When the White House reached out to the organization for a 2020 graduate who they believed deserved to be recognized, it was Elvira’s name that was suggested. 

“When I first received the invitation to attend this monumental event, I began to think about everything this ceremony represented: The hard work and determination it took to achieve my goals, and the adversity and sacrifices my family and I have experienced— like graduating in a time of a world pandemic,” Elvira shared. “I have always wanted to be a role model and inspiration to those around me, and this opportunity has opened the door for me to do just that.”

Elvira, who plans to pursue a Master's of Science in Materials Engineering, was one of just 20 students invited to the graduation ceremony at the White House on May 22, 2020.

“It meant a lot to me because we were all strangers at the beginning of the day, but by the time we took our seats to begin, I felt as though it was an actual graduation ceremony and I was with friends,” he said. “Being able to be one of the few faces to represent this mark in history is something I will never forget and am grateful for.”

In sharing his advice for PSJA students who dream big, Elvira says being proud of where you come from is an important first step. 

“Every day you must find a reason to believe you can and will make a difference in this world. I love coming home to the Rio Grande Valley. I get to interact with current students along with friends, family, and other members of the community,” The PSJA North alum said. “I hope my story is used as an example of perseverance and serves as motivation because you never know where you will end up.”

Way to make your PSJA Family proud, Reymundo!