Shawn Khalifa

A student, who spent nearly half of his life in prison for first-degree murder, was among the more than 8,200 graduates at UC Irvine Friday. Shawn Khalifa, 35, received his B.A. in Sociology Friday at the Bren Events Center on campus. … Khalifa is one of 17 students graduating with UC Irvine’s Underground Scholars Program, which gives recently released inmates a pathway to college. For Khalifa, it also gave him a second chance at life.

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