On May 19, 2014 the CSULB Center for International Education (CIE) held a special commencement celebration for international students in the idyllic Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden nestled on the northwest corner of campus. Each year California State University, Long Beach welcomes international students from six continents as a practical demonstration of its commitment to mutual cultural awareness. Staff commencement speakers included CSULB Interim President Don Para, Interim Provost and VP David Dowell, Associate Vice President and Dean of International, Continuing and Professional Education Jeet Joshee, Associate Dean and CIE Executive Director Terrence Graham, and International Student Services Director Melissa Lyon. This year’s two student speakers, Gaurav Bhattacharya and Soumia Abdoun, both shared inspirational messages for the audience of graduates, guests, and loved ones. Read on to see their brief reflections on their journeys to completing their degrees.