Way to go Tyree

I had the pleasure of meeting Tyree A. Boyd-Pates last spring when the Road to College Tour made a stop at East High.

Tyree was one of the student ambassadors on hand to promote the importance of going to college to ninth and tenth graders, and why CSUB is a great choice.

His spirit is absolutely infectious.

It was no surprise when I learned this week that Tyree will be awarded with the coveted 2010/11 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, which comes with a sizable scholarship. The Trustees will honor the scholars on Sept. 21 at the CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach, California. Read more about the award here.

Adopted and raised by his grandmother, Tyree A. Boyd-Pates grew up in a low-income neighborhood. The possibility he would attend a university was unlikely: Resources and positive male role models did not exist. Even the devastating impact of the loss of his mother in 2008 could have deterred him academically, but he persevered.

Today, Tyree is a senior at majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in African American Studies. He has worked in CSU Bakersfield’s University Outreach Office as a student ambassador and master of ceremonies during orientations for audiences of up to 1,000 students. Tyree has also been in four theatrical productions, is a vice president of Black Men on Campus and has served as a volunteer on weekends teaching computer literacy to at-risk youth—all while maintaining a 3.40 GPA.

Tyree plans to work toward a master’s degree in mass communications and media while continuing to provide inspiration to urban youth to help them pursue their educational dreams.

Way to go Tyree, and keep up the GREAT work!

— Rob Meszaros, Director of Public Affairs and Communications