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In just two short days, UCI will celebrate its more than 11,000 graduates of the class of 2020 in ceremonies very different from our usual packed Bren Center affairs.
The remote ceremonies for the university, our more than 2,700 social sciences undergraduate and masters students, and 106 newly minted Ph.D.s mark a historic point in time that has both tested and touted the resilience of the soc sci Anteater spirit.

The global response to COVID-19 and growing worldwide social movement against racism and anti-Black violence have shown the power of collective action to create positive change – a foundational concept of the social sciences and a point we drive home in our school's mission. And with social sciences accounting for more than 27% of this year's bachelor's degree recipients at UCI, I know that positive change will come from within our alumni ranks.

In this special commencement issue of our enews, I invite you to read about some of our outstanding class of 2020 change makers, their plans for making their mark and creating a better world for future generations.

To our graduating class: We are honored to celebrate all of your terrific achievements and accomplishments while you've been with us as students, and we are so proud to welcome you now to our more than 50,000 soc sci Anteater strong alumni network.

Congratulations, social sciences graduates of the class of 2020. Be bold, always break the mold, and be boundaryless in your pursuit,

Bill Maurer, Dean

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commencement speaker:
Social change agent
An Thien Nguyen, '20 political science, found the courage to be bold as a #UCIfirstgen student
commencement speaker:
From couchsurfing to Columbia Law
How #UCIfirstgen Alexander "Sasha" Yusuf, '20 sociology, has overcome every obstacle thrown his way to realize his educational aspirations

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honors & awards
rachel lee
Lee named Alumni Academic Excellence and Schonfeld scholar
Honor recognizes undergrad for outstanding academic performance and service to UCI soc sci and the wider community
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Smith receives soc sci's Rosten, Schonfeld and Honors Thesis awards
Honors recognize the social policy and public service major for excellence both inside the classroom and out
Pham receives Macy award for outstanding undergraduate paper
Honor recognizes undergrad for demonstrating original research
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Avakian named outstanding transfer student
Sociology major Nara Avakian receives soc sci's Outstanding Community College Transfer award
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Lian receives Lave paper prize
Honor recognizes the sociology graduate student for work displaying clear creative models and theories
Order of Merit honors outstanding students, graduates
44 from social sciences receive OM distinction, 5 honored with individual scholarships and honors
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featured graduates from the

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Finding her fit
Amber Appling, '20 political science and first-generation transfer student, found her fit in UCDC and a meaningful internship with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
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Ahead of the curve
Samantha Tan, '20 economics, is breaking ground internationally as one of the fastest and youngest women in her racing class, and inspiring legions of young girls along the way.
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Holding court
Loryn Carter, '20 UCI volleyball player and political science major, reflects on her time at UCI.
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Laura Estrada
Research helped #firstgen transfer student Laura Estrada, '20 political science, find her niche at UCI.
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tips from promising
future faculty
Mary Anne Mendoza, '20 political science Ph.D. (pictured), and Alex Bower, cognitive sciences Ph.D. candidate, received campus-wide recognition for their teaching excellence. Learn what lessons they say are key for aspiring faculty members, and how they adapted to online teaching and learning in the era of COVID-19.
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Christopher Gibson
The '20 sociology Ph.D. recipient accepted an assistant professor position in the sociology department at CSU Fullerton. Learn more about his research at UCI.
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Emily Sumner
The '20 cognitive sciences Ph.D. recipient accepted a post-doctoral position at UC Berkeley where she'll be working on curiosity and exploration during childhood. Learn more about her research at UCI.
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Benjamin Leffel
The '20 sociology Ph.D. recipient accepted a lecturer position in the sociology department at UC Merced, where he'll be teaching global, urban and environmental sociology. Learn more about his research at UCI.
All Campus Virtual Commencement Ceremony
10:00-10:30 a.m. | Online
Ph.D. Hooding
10:30 a.m. | Online

Scroll to and click on "Grad Hooding" following the all campus ceremony
Social Sciences Undergraduate Ceremony 1: Last Names A-L
10:30 a.m. | Online

Scroll to and click on "School of Social Sciences - Ceremony 1" following the all campus ceremony
Social Sciences Undergraduate Ceremony 2: Last Names M-Z
10:30 a.m. | Online

Scroll to and click on "School of Social Sciences - Ceremony 2" following the all campus ceremony
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We are not your standard school. Like Peter, our beloved Anteater mascot, we're quirky and different. We're on a mission to create positive change in society, economies and human well-being by breaking down traditional barriers and pushing the limits in teaching, research and service. Doing so requires a different attitude, aim and set of actions.
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