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Undergraduate Sociology Student to Speak at All Campus Comencement

Ricky Flahive, an undergraduate student double majoring in Sociology and Political Science, was selected to speak at the all campus commencement ceremony this year. He will be representing the graduating class as this year’s student speaker and sharing the stage with the Dalai Lama who will too address the graduates this year.

“It’s kind of surreal, I will be sharing a stage and speaking immediately after the Dalai Lama himself. To be frank I am pretty terrified, beyond nervous, but extraordinarily thankful.”

Rick’y experiences and involvement as a UCSD Triton include serving as president of the All Campus Transfer Association and as a peer mentor for TRiO Student Support Services. He was also involved in Associated Students, Muir College Council, Triton Television, MENding Monologues, Transfer Year Experience, Global Seminars, and the McNair Research Program. In the time he spent here as a transfer student, Ricky took advantage of the opportunities available to him as a Triton and is now proud to represent the class as a whole during commencement.

The All Campus Commencement will be held Saturday June 17th, 2017 from 9am to 10:30 am in RIMAC Field and is invitation only for graduates and friends & family of graduates.

For more information on Ricky Flahive and his backstory, read the UC San Diego News Center article here.

More information on Ricky Flahive and his backstory will soon be available in an upcoming series titled Undergraduate Student Spotlight we hope to feature in the near future.

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Undergraduate Student Erick Ramirez Recognized with Universitywide Award

Erick Ramirez, and undergraduate student at the UCSD sociology department, was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award. He is being recognized for exemplifying the UC San Diego Principle of Community.

As a sociology-social inequality major, Erick was a participant in the Honors Program in which he conducted research comparing low-income students who came in as freshmen with low-income students transferring from community colleges. Aside from his studies, Ramirez has shown great support for minority students through his work at the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program and the Undocumented Students Center.

Professors at the sociology department, Amy Binder and Jeffrey Haydu, described Erick Ramirez and his work for diversity on campus:

Erick has done more than enhance diversity at UCSD. Through his mentoring, his research, and his work at CASP and the Undocumented Center, he has also improved the chances that under-represented students who come to UCSD will succeed. In 27 years at UCSD, I have known no undergraduate who more richly deserves our Diversity Award.

A ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., at the Price Center West Ballroom to recognize the 2016 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award Recipients. All University community members were invited to attend the ceremony.

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