Seven Graduating Students are Conferred with the Global Citizenship Stole

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(Left to right) Karina Dundurs (teaches Computer Science), Gretchen Ehlers (teaches Mathematics), student Mike Dundurs (yes, Karina’s son!), student Christa Dolce, student Haleh Aboofazeli, Dulce Maria Gray (teaches English, Global Studies, and Gender Studies), WVC President Brad Davis, student Evangeline Pabilona, student Sonia Espejo, student Michaela Rhine, Vicky Kalivitis (teaches English), Cigdem Bulut (teaches Interior Design), and Heidi Diamond (teaches Business).

Today was graduation at West Valley College and seven graduates were conferred with a Global Citizenship stole to celebrate their successful completion of the Global Studies Emphasis and sustained commitment to global citizenship.

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(Left to right) Student Sonia Espejo, Heidi Diamond (teaches Business), Vicky Kalivitis (teaches English), student Danielle De Guzman Armstead, student Michaela Rhine, student Evangeline Pabilona, Gretchen Ehlers (teaches Mathematics).

Faculty member of the Department of English, Advisor to the Global Student Club, and member of the WVC Global Citizenship Committee, Vicky Kalivitis, opened the conferring ceremony by thanking students for their steadfast involvement in the college’s multiple global citizenship initiatives–sustainability, culture, travel, civic–and reminded everyone that the Global Citizenship stole symbolizes their success and commitment, and that it is also a charge, a charge to continue to actively engage with the world, and to help make it more just and sustainable. That stole, she said, is a reminder to work relentlessly toward making our world a better place. After, WVC President, Bradley Davis, congratulated students and took several pictures with everyone.

WVC President Bradley Davis with honored students (left to right) Mike Dundurs, Christa Dolce, Haleh Aboofazeli, Evangeline Pabilona, Sonia Espejo, and Michaela Rhine.

WVC President Bradley Davis with honored students (left to right) Mike Dundurs, Christa Dolce, Haleh Aboofazeli, Evangeline Pabilona, Sonia Espejo, and Michaela Rhine.

The graduating class consisted of 800 students, ranging in age from 18 to 73; more than 60 percent of the class received a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

(Left to right) Dr. Dulce Maria Gray, Heidi Diamond, student Sonia Espejo, Dr. Anna Brichko, Leigh Burrill, Vicky Kalivitis.

(Left to right) Dr. Dulce Maria Gray, Heidi Diamond, student Sonia Espejo, Dr. Anna Brichko, Leigh Burrill, Vicky Kalivitis.

Faculty in the  WVC Global Citizenship Committee are extremely proud of the students who graduated today!

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WVC President Bradley Davis addresses the graduates.

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