College of the Pacific awarded 535 diplomas on May 10, 2014. Our newest alumni are headed to India, Boston, Sacramento, and all points in between.
"Go forth with joy": The Class of 2014 makes its markCollege of the Pacific students are awarded hoods and diplomas; recognized with college and university-wide honors.
It was a happy, bittersweet day on Saturday, May 10, as the College of the Pacific wished the Class of 2014 good luck and sent the newest class of Tiger alumni on their way. Once the day was done, the College had awarded 535 bachelor's and master's degrees, and had honored stand-out students for their hard work, dedication, and success.
As students prepared to leave the Alex G. Spanos Center as university graduates, College of the Pacific Dean Rena Fraden reminded students that the education and experiences they had achieved at Pacific did not stop once the students passed through Pacific's iconic gates and into life after college.
"As you go on to cultivate your own garden, and secure a good life for yourself and those you love -- given the great good fortune you have had to land at Pacific, to have had the privilege of this education - do not turn your back on the bigger landscape," said Dean Fraden during her remarks. "All of you have had an education that will allow you to address in some measure any one of the existential threats of our time. Exercise that education: evaluate the findings of science, be critical of simplistic blue or red political solutions, appreciate artistic expressions of beauty and solace. We have the greatest hopes for you - and because of you, we have hope even for our warming earth."
Take a look at some of the outstanding accomplishments achieved by members of the Class of 2014.
2014 Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards
The annual Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards Ceremony takes the time to recognize members of the Pacific community and student organizations who have made significant contributions to the University and the quality of the student experience and exhibit extraordinary leadership, mentoring and philanthropy. At the 2014 ceremony, four College of the Pacific students were recognized.
Elizabeth Griego Outstanding Student Leader Award
Danielle Mertina Procope, English & Philosophy
Kyle Nikko Sassai, Political Science
Jesse Marks Co-Curricular Award
Byron Jesse Patton, Psychology
Dochterman Outstanding Junior Scholarship
Diana Wang, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences
Meet the 2014 College of the Pacific Student Speaker - Danielle Procope
A double major in English and Philosophy, with minors in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies, Danielle’s honors include the English Department’s Student of Distinction Award as well as the 2014 Elizabeth Griego Outstanding Student Leader Award. Over the past four years, Danielle has been recognized with the Pacific Regent’s Scholarship as well as the prestigious Arlen J. Hansen Writing Contest and Scholarship. She is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Research Paper on Diversity Award and has been inducted into both the international honor societies for English and Philosophy.
2014 College of the Pacific Awards
M. Jack Mason Award:
Named after the late Jack Mason, a beloved colleague and member of the Sociology Department, the award is given annually to that graduating senior of superior GPA who best exemplifies "The Sociological Imagination" in sociological work at Pacific.
Jasmine Carter, Sociology
Fred and Marguerite Early Undergraduate Research Award:
The Fred and Marguerite Early Undergraduate Research Award is given each year to recognize and support excellent undergraduate research.
Charlotte van Schooten, Biology
Angelique Chao, Chemistry
Arlen J. Hansen Award:
The Hansen Prize is given in honor of Arlen J. Hansen, who taught English at Pacific from 1969 until shortly before his death in 1993. Professor Hansen fascinated, provoked, and shaped the minds of a generation of students.
Christine Viney, runner-up
Harold S. Jacoby Citizen Leader Award:
The Harold Jacoby Citizen Leader Award, named after the first Dean of the College of the Pacific, is awarded to a student who has given responsible and exemplary public service to the community.
Kyle Sassai, Political Science
Joshua Rayburn, History
2014 Outstanding Seniors
Sara Anne Wong
Geological and Environmental Sciences
Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences
John Muir Center
John P. Imfield
Modern Languages and Literature
Religious and Classical Studies
Mary Jo O'Connor
School of International Studies
Alicia Calhoun - Social Service
Jessica Perez - Education
Joy Desiree Clark
Dana Shiroma - Graphic Design
Morgan Andre - Studio Art