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UC President Janet Napolitano visits Hercules middle and high school to kick off UC's application filing period

Hercules High School Yearbook students interview UC President Janet Napolitano. The Hercules middle and high school Titans rolled out the light blue carpet for a special guest on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

With the Titans’ varsity drumline providing theme music and the cheer squad supplying the spirit, Hercules welcomed UC President Janet Napolitano to school for UC Achieve Day. The retiring UC President also brought four recent Hercules alumni with her to highlight the UC experience and to raise awareness around the UC Application Filing Period that ends November 30.

President Napolitano touted the programs across all nine UC campuses and stressed the importance of the college experience during a pep rally for freshmen and sophomores. Napolitano and Hercules alums Marc Pugeda (Class of 2017, UC Santa Cruz Junior), Kylee Wong (Class of 2017, UC Davis Junior) and Katelyn Spilman (Class of 2015, UCLA graduate). 

Napolitano also sat down with eighth graders at Hercules Middle School for a roundtable discussion about college with Hercules alum Christine Fung (Class of 2018, UC Davis Sophomore).

Hercules middle school Principal Ryan Shaw leads a college panel with UC President Janet Napolitano and two UC graduates The Hercules alumni stressed the importance of getting involved in extracurricular activities, seeking out internships and getting involved on campus to help gain entrance to college and once there make the transition.

In addition, Napolitano sat down with members of the community, including representatives from the Parent Teacher Association, Multilingual District Advisory Committee, College is Real and more.

Students were also advised to apply for any and all financial aid when applying for college. Jamal Collins, UC’s Financial Aid Outreach and Communications liaison, said the one piece of advice that he wanted students to know about the cost of college is “Don’t let the cost intimidate you.”

Collins said not to worry about it right now and to apply for financial aid and outside scholarships because you won’t know what you will get until you apply. Collins also noted that 57% of UC undergraduate students do not pay tuition.

UC Berkeley Financial Aid Outreach and Communications liaison Jamal Collins talks with Hercules High School students. UC Berkeley’s Destination College Advising Corp advisers will be assisting students with their UC and financial aid applications during the Thanksgiving recess from 10 am to 3 pm on Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the San Pablo Library. The Richmond Promise will also be on hand to assist with financial aid. For more information and to RSVP visit: