Chancellor Henry T. Yang will shake the hand of every student graduating from the College of Engineering, the College of Letters and Science, and the Graduate Division as UC Santa Barbara celebrates the class of 2014 in six ceremonies — three each day — on the Faculty Club Green.
The sun paled in comparison to the beaming faces of the 2,903 UC Santa Barbara graduates who participated in three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 14. And the families and friends cheering and waving from the audience made the light even brighter.
Although the day was one of celebration, Chancellor Henry T. Yang began each ceremony with a remembrance of the six students who lost their lives in Isla Vista three weeks ago and referenced the scholarship funds that have been established in their memory. Yang also expressed his gratitude that the injured students, some of whom participated in...read more »
As UCSB students, Nehanda Wells and Sheneice Vargas ran track together. Teammates on the fields, they also became good friends.
So it comes as no surprise that Vargas, a 2011 graduate, is in the audience to cheer Wells as she crosses the commencement stage and becomes an alumna herself.
Wells and Vargas joined the track team in 2007, but while Vargas continued on at UCSB and completed bachelor of science degrees in black studies and in business economics (with a minor in sports management), Wells took time off from UCSB to complete general education requirements at a community college.
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“Take advantage of the opportunities this place offers — they’re amazing. And get to know your professors.” Valuable words of wisdom from Mary Nisbet, UC Santa Barbara’s dean of undergraduate education in the College of Letters and Science — and the voice of commencement — for 12 years.
“It’s easy,” she continued. “They want to work with you. They want to help you. They want to be part of your growth as an academic and as a Gaucho.”
Nisbet, who is also a faculty member in the Department of Economics, opens five of the six commencement ceremonies — three each day — that take place over...read more »
Today’s Engineering and Sciences commencement ceremony is especially meaningful to Alexander Terenin. It is the culmination of his UCSB career — he is receiving Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in statistical science and psychology, respectively (with a minor in Russian) — it also it is a dream come true for his mother, who traveled all the way from Russia to watch her son cross the stage.
To make the occasion even more special, mother and son haven’t seen each other in three years.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Terenin, who is also the student speaker at his commencement ceremony. “...read more »