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Micaela Todd receives the Outstanding Senior Award in Art and Graphic Design at the annual College of the Pacific Awards Ceremony held in Raymond Great Hall on May 8, 2015

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Meet the Outstanding Seniors of 2015

Outstanding seniors are recognized at the College of the Pacific Annual Awards Ceremony
May 20, 2015

Nearly 500 graduates of College of the Pacific walked across the stage on Saturday, May 9, at a diploma and hooding ceremony in the Alex G. Spanos Center. Hardly a seat remained as the arena filled to the rafters with friends and family members. Before the presentation of the graduates, Dean Rena Fraden reminded students that the experiences and relationships they made at Pacific would carry them throughout their lives.

"So, class of 2015, do not forget this old place, this Pacific, your old (and getting older) teachers, the friends you made, an old book you read, a scrap of wisdom that will help you withstand whatever slings and arrows you may next encounter," Fraden said. "Those scraps will continue to serve you as you graduate forth and so will we in every way we can. Our very best wishes - for your happiness and great good fortune in the years to come." 

Take a look at some of the exceptional students from the class of 2015:

2015 Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards

The annual Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards recognize members of the Pacific community and student organizations who have made significant contributions to the University by exhibiting extraordinary leadership, mentoring and philanthropy. The following College of the Pacific students were honored at the awards ceremony held on Friday, May 8:

Elizabeth Griego Outstanding Student Leader AwardNasser Bahzad 2015 Economics
Nasser Bahzad '15, double major in Business Administration and Economics 

Jesse Marks Co-Curricular Award
Nicole Cherry '15, Humanities

Dochterman Outstanding Junior Scholarship
Aroosa Ahmed '16, Psychology


2015 College of the Pacific Awards

The Outstanding Seniors are selected by the department Chair & faculty based on their GPA and overall performance. 

College of the Pacific Outstanding SeniorsM. Jack Mason Award: 
Named after the late Jack Mason, a beloved colleague and member of the Sociology Department, the award is given annually to a graduating senior of superior GPA who best exemplifies "The Sociological Imagination" in sociological work at Pacific. 
Elizabeth Landa, 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.  
Pacific Vo, Biology
Vincent DiMassa, Chemistry
Nhi Nguyen, 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. 
Alea Freeman, English
Sarah Yung, 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. 
Chennette Carter, English and Ethnic Studies

Caroline Cox Award for Undergraduate Research
Named after Caroline Cox, the former interim dean of the College of the Pacific and beloved professor of history who passed away on July 11, 2014.
Dylan Svihus

Jan Good Essay Award
Jesse Herche - French
Louis Pantoja - Spanish
Julia Peng - Spanish 

2015 Outstanding Seniors

Biological Sciences
            Anthony Chen 

Biological Sciences
            Felix Hong

Biological Sciences
            Serin Lee

            Vincent DiMassa

            Nicholas Brummel

Geological and Environmental Sciences
          Kathryn Teague  

Environmental Studies
            John Imfeld 

           Ashley Bergeleen

            Simon Harris

Ethnic Studies
            Adnan Hashtam

Film Studies
            Randy Park

Gender Studies
            Christine Salazar

Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences
            Thomas Tai

            Julian Lacombe

History-Social Sciences
           Melanie Vieira

           Sarah Bailey

            Jessica Dudoff

Modern Languages and Literature
            Julian Lacombe

Modern Languages and Literature
            Nereida Lemus

John Muir Center
            Dylan Svihus 

            Travis Bissell

          Chris Vincent  

            Evan Bomgardner 

Political Science
           Courtney Hayes 

            Morgan Hulsebosch

Religious and Classical Studies
            Helena Eighmee Ferrill 

School of International Studies
            Claire Stevens

            Stephanie Braithwaite

Theatre Arts
            Shelden Balatico

Art and Graphic Design-Graphic Design
           Micaela Todd

Art and Graphic Design-Studio Art
           Alexis Ortega


On behalf of the College of the Pacific, we wish all our graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors as they pursue graduate school, jobs, internships, and other new adventures.

Congratulations to the class of 2015!

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