MARC 2016 Graduates From Left to Right: Charles Moreno, Mirae Dong, Dr. Cathie Atkins, Carlos Nowotny, Babgen Manookian

The annual graduation ceremony for the College of Sciences took place on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Students in their black cap and gowns streamed into their seats to the sound of Pomp and Circumstance while friends and family waved hysterically, their cameras snapping all the while. The event was marked by welcome speeches from campus dignitaries, and by students who were honored for their academic achievements, including our very own, Charles Moreno, who was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Senior in the Psychology Department Graduating Class as well as the College of Sciences Outstanding Graduating Senior. To mark the occasion, the Dean of the College, Stanley Maloy, congratulated the students on their achievements then was joined on stage by the Associate and Assistant deans of the College to begin the procession and confer degrees to 1,786 students, awarding 1,236 bachelors, 506 masters and 44 doctorate degrees.

We extend our congratulations to all, to our MARC Director, Cathie Atkins, our Program Coordinator Thelma Chavez, to MARC mentors, to the students and their supportive families who have encouraged, nurtured and helped to make their dreams come true.

We proudly congratulate the MARC students on their academic achievements and successful graduation from SDSU and wish them a bright and promising future as they continue on to their graduate studies.

The MARC program would like to recognize our five graduates for their hard work and accomplishments while at SDSU.

Mirae Dong
Mentor: Kelly Doran
Fall 2016 Plans: Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, University of Chicago

Babgen Manookian
Mentors: Andrew Cooksy and Thomas Cole
Fall 2016 Plans: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Charles Moreno
Mentor: Paul Gilbert
Fall 2016 Plans: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Florida

Carlos Nowotny
Mentor: Tom Huxford
Fall 2016 Plans: Ph.D. in the Tetrad Program, University of California, San Francisco

Alexis Romero
Mentor: Fridolin Weber
Fall 2016 Plans: Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Irvine