TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Barrett Honors College at ASU held its graduation ceremony Saturday. It was the largest graduating class in the school's 30 year history with a total of 1,250 honor students participating.
One of the students who collected their diploma is Dwayne Martin-Gomez, an Arizona native native who is a first-generation Latino university student getting a bachelor's degree in global health.
Martin-Gomez dedicated his thesis research project to diabetes prevention among young Latinos.
To test the effects of a community-based diabetes prevention program for obese Latino youth, Martin-Gomez worked on Every Little Step Counts, a program for obese Latino youth.
The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and managed in partnership with Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Accepted into the Teach for America program, Martin-Gomez plans to head to Brooklyn, New York to teach middle school for two years. Ultimately, he wants to earn a nursing degree.
Happy to share his triumph with his parents, Martin-Gomez gifted his mother with a dress to wear at his graduation. He made sure his mortarboard matched his mother's dress.