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MEET THE GRADUATES

Beverly Alvarez wasn’t the best student growing up, but she vividly recalls a few teachers who showed her constant encouragement and made her see her own potential. Now graduating at 59 years old, Alvarez hopes to become a teacher who makes a difference in a child’s life.

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MEET THE GRADUATES

Thelina Smith is about to graduate from the U this May with a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in leadership studies. Her first initiative is creating a new organization to help young people build self-confidence and refine leadership skills.

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MEET THE GRADUATES

Civil war drove 6-month-old Naima Mohamed and her family from Somalia to a refugee camp in Kenya and after 15 years in the camp — Mohamed and her family were finally able to resettle in the United States. Everything in Utah, including the spoken language, was unfamiliar. She’s now in her final semester before graduating from the Master of Social Work program.

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MEET THE GRADUATES

Jason Chen, who’s double majoring in biology and Spanish with a minor in international studies, refused to settle by picking just one or a few of his many academic interests—he pursued them all. Chen took advantage of the many opportunities the U offered and will graduate this May with multiple study abroad trips, research projects and a wide breadth of volunteer experience under his belt.

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CALL FOR GRADUATING STUDENT STORIES

In anticipation of commencement at the U, University Marketing and Communications is looking for great student stories to help highlight the diversity of our graduating class, showcase the strong work ethic of our students and celebrate the creative energy found across campus.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: IVORY PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT LEADERSHIP Former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees Clark Ivory established the U’s most prestigious student award last year, the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 award. In an effort to enhance the undergraduate […]

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