AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The adult school is part of Bassett Unified School District, which serves about 18,000 students in La Puente and Industry. Maria Lopez-De White, also known as Lucy White, immigrated from Mexico, where she was a teacher for 13 years. Now in food services at Whittier Unified School District, White is headed for Rio Hondo College to became a teacher’s assistant. “It’s taken a long time. This was a goal of mine,” White said. Her daughter, Karla White, attended her mother’s graduation. “I think she’s awesome,” said the 6-year-old, a first-grader at Longfellow Elementary School in Whittier. LA PUENTE – It took Juan Torres a year of night school to earn his high school diploma on Tuesday despite having a degree in business administration from a Mexican university. The 42-year-old husband and father of two attended classes five nights a week and summer school to finish, while holding down a full-time job driving a truck. Torres, a West Covina resident who also received a double diploma in computer programming, was among the 153 graduates who crossed the stage from Bassett Adult School in a ceremony held in the Bassett High School Stadium. “It’s important for my life and my family. I want to change what people think about immigrants coming for work. We are also coming to study,” Torres said. “Education is most important no matter where you came from or how old you are.” La Puente resident Lydia Sanchez isn’t sure what she’s going to do with her high school diploma, but she’s proud of her accomplishment. Sanchez, 25, is a mother of three children. She never graduated from junior high school. Now, she finds she needs a high school diploma to get a job. “I’m one of four children, the youngest, and the only one that didn’t graduate high school,” Sanchez said. “I want to be a role model for my children. I didn’t feel I could tell my children they could graduate if I didn’t. That would be wrong.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!