CHADRON – Chadron State College winter commencement is Friday, Dec 13, with 229 candidates and separate ceremonies for bachelor’s and graduate degrees
2014 alumnus Adolfo Daniel Reynaga is the speaker for the undergraduate ceremony in the Chicoine Center at 4 p.m.
He is an attorney in Scottsbluff, NE, for Legal Aid of Nebraska, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse.
Reynaga graduated from Chadron State with a Legal Studies major and a Criminal Justice minor. His extracurricular involvement included Revive Student Ministries, Legal Studies Club, Blue Key National Honor Society, Campus Activities Board, Student Senate, and the 2013 London Study Abroad trip.
During his senior year, Reynaga was appointed by the Governor as the Chadron State Student Trustee on the Nebraska State College System board of trustees..
From day one, the faculty and staff reassured me that CSC was a special place and they would help me achieve my goals,” Reynaga said.
“Aside from incredible opportunities, the relationships I was able to foster, both personal and professional, were something I could only get at a place like CSC. Together, these helped lay the foundation for whom I am today, both as an individual and a professional.”
As a Student Senator, Reynaga visited another state college during a board meeting and was inspired with an idea to install water bottle filling stations at CSC. He introduced the plan to Student Senate, and within a few months, the $15,000 project was approved.
“In a world where young people are often shunned from leadership roles for lack of experience, these types of opportunities can have a profound effect,” Reynaga said. “This experience with Student Senate gave me confidence to know that when the proper tools and resources are available, nothing is impossible.”
Reynaga obtained his law degree from the University of Nebraska where he worked with UNL’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a service designed to provide free tax preparation for low- income families.
This community service work was key in Reynaga earning UNL’s 2019 Spirit of Service Award, an annual honor for one University of Nebraska-Lincoln student who has shown outstanding achievement in the area of community service.
After graduating from law school and being admitted to the Nebraska Bar, Reynaga began his career at Legal Aid as a staff attorney for Raising Effective Advocacy for Crime Victim’s Health and Safety.
Outside of his work with Legal Aid, he serves as the Vice Chair for the Nebraska Latino American Commission. As the child of two Mexican immigrants, Reynaga said he is pleased to serve on the commission that links state government and the Hispanic/Latino communities of Nebraska.
Reynaga is married to the former Stephanie Burger, a fellow 2014 CSC graduate. Both graduated from Alliance High School. The couple has three children.
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