May 18, 2014 6:14 PM

Merced matters: UC Merced grad learned to motivate herself, others

Merlyn Perez had a tough road on her way to graduation. She didn’t learn to read until she was 10, and faced ridicule from other students and even some cousins. She graduated Sunday, and, at least for the near future, she’s not going back home to southern California but staying in Merced.

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