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    Rachel Angel, center, of Santa Fe makes a ‘selfie’ with her children Desiree, 5, and Diego, 6, during the Santa Fe Community College’s 30th commencement ceremony on Saturday at the Santa Fe Indian School Pueblo Pavilion. Luke E. Montavon/The New Mexican

Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:00 pm

A candle to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, burned on the podium in front of journalist Russell Contreras as he delivered a keynote address to Santa Fe Community College’s 30th graduating class that left the audience undulating between laughter and tears.

Contreras, an Associated Press reporter based in Albuquerque, regaled the standing-room-only crowd at Santa Fe Indian School Pueblo Pavilion with stories that landed close to home for many. He blazed a trail for his ranching family in Texas by marching through uncharted academic territory that began at a community college and ended with a graduate degree in creative nonfiction from prestigious Columbia University.

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