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Commencement Highlights June 15, 2014

UC Santa Barbara’s final three commencement ceremonies this Father’s Day will graduate 1,866 students in the social sciences, humanities and arts as well as the graduate division. All eight UCSB commencements will have brought an estimated 70,000 friends and family to the campus.

Posted on June 15, 2014 - 6:05pm

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2014 Graduate Division students

2014 Graduate Division students celebrate during the procession of their fellow students.

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Spencer Bruttig

Over two days of perfect weather — and six commencement ceremonies — this weekend, UC Santa Barbara turned the page on its 2013-14 academic year. Under cloudless skies Sunday, close to 1,900 students received their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Each ceremony included a moment of silence to remember the six UCSB students who died in Isla Vista on May 23. Five students who were injured that day participated in this weekend’s commencement celebration. “We are really strong,” Chancellor Henry T. Yang told the audience. “We have shown the world who we really are and what it means to be a student and...

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Posted on June 15, 2014 - 3:49pm

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Meredith Inman

Meredith Inman's robe is adorned with a fourragère, the name for the honor cord, worn by a select number of graduates.

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Mike Eliason

UC Santa Barbara student Meredith Inman, who received a bachelor’s degree in history today, was also the recipient of the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Her thesis was a cultural, social and business history of London’s exclusive Regent Street in the late Victorian, Edwardian and interwar periods. “My thesis, even though it can be the most stressful thing you do in your undergrad, was by far the most rewarding, Inman said.

In three weeks she will move to London to look for work in a field...

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Posted on June 15, 2014 - 3:05pm

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Franz Rivera and his family

Franz Rivera’s family and best friend came from near and far to watch him graduate with a degree in global studies.

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Sonia Fernandez

One day Franz Rivera would like to be the U.S. ambassador to his native land, the Philippines. With his  bachelor’s degree in global studies, the new graduate is well on his way to achieving that goal.

Rivera’s resume already looks like that of an experienced professional. He participated in the prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program, which brings underrepresented students to careers in public policy and international affairs, and spent eight months in Germany conducting research on international human rights. He was also a fellow at the New York City-based Roosevelt...

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Posted on June 15, 2014 - 1:36pm

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Maria Reyes and Rachelle Velasquez

UCSB alumna María Reyes and her 12-year-old sister Rachelle Velasquez

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Mike Eliason

María Reyes stood proudly on stage this morning on UC Santa Barbara’s Faculty Club Green to receive the 2014 Thomas More Storke Award for Excellence from UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang. She received the campus’s highest student honor for outstanding scholarship and extraordinary service to the university, its students and the community.

Reyes is not only a model UCSB student, she is also a role model for her younger sister, Rachelle Velasquez. “Seeing her win the Storke Award gives me more energy to go to college,” said the 12-year-old, “because I see how easy it was for her to be the...

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