Spring 2020 Graduates: Congratulations!

 Sociology Major Graduate Photos, Thanks, and Dreams

Jazmine Alba

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People who supported me on my journey: I want to thank my family for the support throughout my years attending Fresno State, could have not done it without them. Los quiero mucho! 

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to be of service leadership to the people of Fresno with the goal of helping individuals and communities of most need reach their full potentials.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed learning not only about academics, but more about myself. I learned that I belong in academic spaces like CSU Fresno, which is very diverse.

Jennifer Alvarez Rosas

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People who supported me on my journeyMy mom and dad: Mariana and Jose Luis Alvarez; My soulmate: Augustine Rodriguez; My teacup chihuahua: Penny.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI will be taking a gap year to volunteer and work. Then I plan on getting my masters in social work to then work with victims of trauma.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI loved learning in all of my sociology classes. You get to see a lot of different perspectives and learn new ideas. I loved the amount of diversity Fresno State has.

Efrain Botello-Cisneros

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People who supported me on my journeyEfrain Botello, Leticia Cisneros, Luis Botello, Julissa Botello.

What I hope to accomplish after graduation: If everything goes well, I hope to attend grad school during the fall of 2020. 

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateWhat I enjoyed the most about attending Fresno State was having access to multiple resources (health center, writing center, tutors, library, etc).

Yajaira Cardenas

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People who supported me on my journeyJuan & Graciela Cardenas -parents; Andrew & Christian Cardenas - brothers; Adam Delgadillo - husband; Matthew Delgadillo - son.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to continue my career and finish the masters program to become a school counselor one day. As well as enjoy the time with my son and family.

Deanni Cardenas Guzman

People who supported me on my journey My parents; Alfredo and Imelda Guzman. My siblings; Maggie, Xochitl and Claudia. My boyfriend; Carlos Hidalgo.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to continue my education and return to Fresno State to receive my Masters in Social Work.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateMy favorite part about my college experience at Fresno State is meeting new people!

Mariel Cisneros

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People who supported me on my journey: I would like to thank my parents, Gerardo and Alma Cisneros for always supporting me.

Christian D.J. Belton

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People who supported me on my journeyParents: Elia Corchado and D.J Belton; Grandparents: Martha and Francisco Corchado; Aunts: Claudia and Lorena Corchado; Uncle: Pancho Corchado; My little siblings: Kaelyn and Adrien Belton.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to pursue a master's in counseling.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed learning and being around the professors. Never again will I be around so many great thinkers. Especially in the sociology department.

Nathan Coggins

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People who supported me on my journeyThank you Mom and Dad for always supporting me through this journey.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope my career in the Air Force is filled with service for America and progress for personal development.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI loved classes with Dr. Jones and his mentorship in tough times.

Itzel Cruz Jimenez

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People who supported me on my journeyLucia Jimenez is my mother, Victoria Alonzo is my girlfriend, Citlalli Cruz is my sister, Sheryl Cruz is my sister.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to accomplish success in the work field.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateThe art building.

Francesca Noelle DeMatto

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People who supported me on my journeyThank you, thank you, thank you, to my wonderful and supportive parents, siblings, and boyfriend for all of the emotional and financial support throughout this journey.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationUpon graduating, I hope to make a positive change in society through engaging in advocacy and community involvement.

Yesenia Espinoza-Meza

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People who supported me on my journeyI would like to thank my parents because they supported and encouraged me on my journey to graduation.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI really enjoyed meeting new people and making friends during my time at Fresno State.

Samantha Garcia

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People who supported me on my journeyI would like to thank God and my beautiful family for my accomplishments. Starting with my parents who have always supported me in whatever aspect, my siblings who I love, and my boyfriend, Angel whose pushed me to strive for the best in whatever occasion. Without any of them and God, I would not be in this position today.

What I hope to accomplish after graduation

After graduation I will be pursuing my Master's Degree in the Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling Program at Fresno State! I envision myself as a strong Chicana healing those with trauma while amplifying their voices. And empowering those who are not heard as an advocate.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateThe department of Sociology and Chicano Studies is what I loved most at Fresno State. The academia, professors, and classmates helped empower me as an individual. Here I learned the true meaning of society and life. I would like to thank all the professors who made me feel at home and accepted. I truly enjoyed every moment of my academic career at Fresno State.

Sarah Janelle Gigliotti

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People who supported me on my journeyMy Fiancé, Josh Harris! My mom, Tawnya Hughes. All of siblings. My grandparents. Brenda and Maddie! All my friends and family!

What I hope to accomplish after graduationGet my Masters Degree in Marriage Family Therapy or Social Work.

Sofia Gonzalez

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People who supported me on my journeyMy parents, my sister Sandra, my best friend Vivian, and my boyfriend Omar.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope I get to travel to celebrate getting my degree and finishing college.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateAll the friendships I have made in my 5 years of being at state.

Maritza Guerrero

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People who supported me on my journeyThank you to Matthew Hernandez, my future hubby, for being by my side. Also, a special thank you to David J. Hernandez, my precious son, you are my pride and joy.

Yesica Heras Felix

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People who supported me on my journeyPara mis padres, Luciana y Pedro gracias por su amor infinito y su apollo para que cumpla mis sueños. To my siblings, Jose Angel, Margarita and Lupita thank you for always being there to listen my vents about school stress and support. To my nieces Ashley and Regina, the loves of my life. To my best-friend Ana Cristina, thank you for the unconditional friendship. Finally, to my younger self, your did it! First generation in my family. Class of 2020.

Ximena Hidalgo

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People who supported me on my journeyI would like to thank my parents Francisco Hidalgo Rincon and Lorena Herrera Navarro as they supported and encouraged me to pursue higher education. They came to this country to give my siblings and me the opportunities they didn't have, and now I can say their hard work and dedication paid off. I also want to thank the friends I made during this journey, as they have made a bigger impact on my life than they know, as they made my college experience very memorable. Los quiero mucho a todos! We did it!

What I hope to accomplish after graduationMy goal is to serve the community. I want to help students who come from a minority background achieve their educational goals. To do that I will need to pursue a master’s degree. In a few years, I will apply for the Master’s program in counseling or education administration and leadership.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed the time I spent at Fresno State, as it exposed me to new experiences and opportunities. Fresno State helped me grow as a professional and individual. I met some of the greatest people here, as in professors and friends. They have all impacted my life and I can't thank them enough.

Arianna Krystal Huerta

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People who supported me on my journeyPedro & Cira Sandoval - grandparents; Mariana Gutierrez- Mom; Samantha Huerta- Sister; Abel Abarca- boyfriend; Pedro C Sandoval- uncle; Lupe & Daniel Madrigal- Aunt & uncle; Jasmine- my furbaby (cat).

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to attend the Master's program at Fresno state for Marriage, child and family counseling, and become a licensed counselor.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI really enjoyed all the life lessons I learned through the stories and lectures from my professors. I also enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends, they truly helped keep me sane when times got rough.

Julia Ann Kelly

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People who supported me on my journeyI am beyond grateful for the support from all my friends and family members throughout my college career. Especially my mom and dad who inspire me daily.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI will charish my memories from Fresno State forever.

Leah Victoria Lopez

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People who supported me on my journeyMy mom (Isabel Lopez); My dad (Anthony Lopez); My siblings (Hayley & Roman Lopez); My Nina (Trish Lopez).

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to continue my studies in sociology, and advocate for those in my community that cannot advocate for themselves. I hope to promote social change, and to change perspectives of many that tend to separate one another.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed being surround by the minds of my peers and professors.

Valeria Nava

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People who supported me on my journeyGonzalo and Adrianna Nava (my parents), Nadia and Sophia Nava (my sisters), Pedro Nava (my brother), Pedro & Enriqueta Nava and Hermelinda Cardenas (my grandparents), and Cynthia Topete (my cousin).

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateThe sociology department was the best part of my time at Fresno State.

Katelin Noyer

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People who supported me on my journeyDebbie Noyer - Mother; Dave Noyer - Father; Karl Noyer - Brother; Cameron Noyer - Brother.

Julissa Oceguera

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People who supported me on my journeyInes Oceguera, my amazing mother; Joanna Oseguera, my sister and best friend; Felipe Aguilar, my loving boyfriend.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to reach all my goals, and continue deepening my knowledge and capabilities.

Valerie Rene Ochoa

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People who supported me on my journeyMy Mother Ricarda Ochoa; My Father Ralph Ochoa; My Sister Angela Ochoa; My De la Cruz Family and My Ochoa Family; All of my friends that I have kept and made while in college; A special thank you to my Nana who couldn't be here with us celebrate, but she is always with me in spirit; Thank you all so much for being on this crazy journey with me.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationA life that involves a career in doing what I love, helping children.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateBeing able to stay close to my family, while also experiencing college on my own.

Chelsea Olibris

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People who supported me on my journeyMy mom Elsa, my brother Irving, my dad Garnel, my friends Zarina, Aleah, and Terryl. I appreciate each and everyone of you.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationMove out of Fresno, and find a career that best suits me.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateAll the people I met along the way.

Brianna Ortiz Medina

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People who supported me on my journeyMy mother, Sonia Medina; My boyfriend, Eric Loredo; My father, Vince Ortiz; My grandparents, Bonnie & Zeke Muñoz & Teodora Garcia; My boyfriends parents, Elizabeth & Joe Loredo; Dr. Amber Crowell & Dr. Justin Myers.

Jordanna Porter

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People who supported me on my journeyCedrick Porter - father; Sharon Niswonger - mother.

Angelica Luis Quintero

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People who supported me on my journeyMy sisters: Rima, Erica, and Monica; My Campus Involvement Ambassador; family; Dr. Crowell.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI want to become an academic counselor for K-12.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno State: I loved getting involved on campus and building relationships!

Yulissa Ramos Maciel

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People who supported me on my journey(Parents) Jesus Ramos & Justina Ramos Maciel.

Gabriela Raya Lopez

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People who supported me on my journey: Gloria R Lopez: Mom, I love you so much! Te quiero con todo mi corazon! I wouldn't have accomplished this milestone without you. You always believed in me and you are my motivation; Sixtos Lopez: Dad, I love you! Gracias Papá! For all the support; Danny and Lali: Brother and Sister, I love you guys so much! Thank you for everything you have done through this journey. I want to especially thank you Lali. For all the small miracles you have done to get me where I am. I will forever hold those memories in my heart; Luke: Baby nephew, Luke although you are only a few months old I love you so much!

What I hope to accomplish after graduationWhat I hope to accomplish after graduation is pay off my student loans! Most importantly get into a UC to get my Master's in Sociology!

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateWhile at Fresno State, i enjoyed the friendships that were created. Most importantly the Sociology professors that inspired me to believe social change is possible. You truly are the best professors because you always want to see students succeed and are passionate about your work.

Jasmine Marie Rodriguez

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People who supported me on my journeyLariss Cazares, Mother AKA my backbone.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed how approachable professors were, and how the diversity of the campus allowed me to feel comfortable.

Clarissa Rohm

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People who supported me on my journeyI am grateful for the support from my mom and dad, Denise and Larry Rohm, my partner, Elfego Trujillo, my friends from the Sociology Club, HUGSS, and my classes, and all of my amazing professors.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI intend to serve our community by leading in community benefit organizations.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno State:I enjoyed leading in the Sociology Club, working for HUGSS, and going on the study abroad trip to Finland.

Arely Romero Serrano

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People who supported me on my journeyMy mom - Rosa Serrano Arredondo; My significant other - David Cereceres.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to find a job and save up money to pursue my Masters in a year or two.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed my teachers, they were all very inspirational and had a passion for teaching.

Lai Saelee

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People who supported me on my journeyMy mom - Cheng Saelee; my dad - Nai Saelee; my children - Chassity and Caleb; my sisters - Kae, Farm, and Anny; my brothers - Ton and Acho; my boyfriend - Pheng; my friends - Fam, Jaymee, Janett, Amyla.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationAfter graduation, I am looking forward to grad school to obtain my Master's Degree.

Bladimir Sanchez

People who supported me on my journeyMy Mom - Maria Sanchez; My Dad - Pabline Sanchez; My Brother - Isac Sanchez; My Best Friend- Jose Reyes; All my family who never let me give up.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationFinish my Masters program to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysts to work with amazing children and their families every day!

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed watching diversity take no negative affect to the learning of anyone.

Lauren Taylor Scalise

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People who supported me on my journeyMy biggest support system is my family and without them and their constant support and encouragement I wouldn’t be able to say I am the first in my family to receive a 4 year college degree. I would like to thank my mother Terra Scalise, grandmother Angie Cantu, brother Niko Scalise, and sister Madison Scalise and I hope I make you all proud.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI am currently graduating with a Sociology degree and am currently applying to Nursing Programs so I can become a Neonatal Nurse.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed all the wonderful memories I will forever cherish with the lasting friendships Fresno State has given me.

Monserath Sanchez-Rodriguez

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People who supported me on my journey: Elizabeth Sanchez-Rodriguez: Mother; Gelasio Sanchez: Father; Alfonso Sanchez-Rodriguez: Brother; Ximena Hidalgo: Friend; Dr. Myers: Professor.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI would like to find a full-time position in a local or state agency to help my community. My educational goal is to pursue a Masters in either Public Policy or Public Administration.

Adrian Serrano

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People who supported me on my journeyA huge thank you to my boyfriend, who supported me throughout my journey at Fresno State and has stepped up tremendously in taking care of our son so I can study and go to class.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationBuy a house.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateThe friendships I’ve made.

Kelly Simmons

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People who supported me on my journeyI would like to thank my mom, dad, and sisters for always loving and supporting me! Thank you to Dr. Crowell, Dr. Helsel, Dr. Myers, and Dr. Randles for being amazing human beings and faculty.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI am entering the Student Affairs and College Counseling Master's Program in Fall 2020 and hope to work on campus within a student support services program like EOP or SupportNET. After that, I hope to enter my career as an academic advisor.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed meeting my best friend, Angelica, and discovering how resilient I can be when life gets hard. I am so happy to have had inspiring, wonderful professors who sincerely care about their students.

Samantha Strickland

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People who supported me on my journeyI would like to give a special recognition to my mom because without all the sacrifices she made I wouldn't be where I am today. I would also like to recognize all my family and friends that have helped motivate and push me to keep going and keep striving for my dreams.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationMy goals after graduation are to get into a masters program and start my teaching career.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed all the amazingly helpful professors, those who made sure that each of their students were doing well and wanted them to succeed.

Renee Thompson

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People who supported me on my journeyI would like to thank my family and close friends who supported and encouraged me during my college journey. I will always be appreciative of my grandparents, Lucy and Robert Rodriguez, who motivated me since kindergarten to attend college and pursue a degree. Thanks to their guidance and support, I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college with a B.A.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to attend graduate school to pursue my master's.

Monique Touchstone

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People who supported me on my journeyGina & Sean Touchstone (Parents); Joann & John Abdulla (Grandparents).

What I hope to accomplish after graduationGetting my MA in International Affairs from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateStudying abroad!

Andrea Vasquez

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People who supported me on my journey: I would like to recognize my son William who for him I did not give up and finished my degree. My uncle Felix, my aunt Maribella, my best friend Alejandra and my family Roberto, Lupita, Erica, Claudia, Armando, and Beto who were all there for me. Dr. Jendian who was understanding and guided me through the road to graduation.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to enter a masters program in social work and continue helping families in need and serving my community.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateI enjoyed meeting new people, making friends, and learning about our society, culture, and diversity.

Jesse Jose Vera

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People who supported me on my journeyI would like to recognize my entire family, god, and friends.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI hope to help veterans get the counseling they would need.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateMeeting all the new people in my life.

Yani Yañez

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People who supported me on my journeyMy beautiful mother Teresa Ayon, and father Nabor Yañez.

What I hope to accomplish after graduationI will be attending the masters program in counseling and becoming one step closer to being a child psychologist.

What I enjoyed most about my time at Fresno StateThe amazing faculty and staff that helped me get where I am today.

Sociology Major Graduate List

Jazmine Caroline Alba-Jarero
Liliana Andrade Perez
Michelle Lynn Appel
Jessielyn Navarro Balanon
Alfred Barrera
Alejandra Bedolla Alcantar
Christian Dj Belton
Efrain Edgardo Botello-Cisneros
Reyna Isavel Caballero
Isaac Cruz CamposYajaira Cardenas
Kathy Chang
Mariel Cisneros
Nathan Alexander Coggins
Yesenia Contreras
Itzel Cruz Jimenez
Francesca Noelle DeMatto
Victoria Rose Delao
Yesenia Espinoza
Gabriela Angelina Estrada
Julia Paris Flores
Samantha Noemi Flores
Giselle Flores-Cortes
Samantha Garcia
Michelle Garduno
Brandon Lee Garrett
Sarah Janelle Gigliotti
Sofia Gonzalez
Maritza Guerrero
Daisy Janet Gutierrez
Deanni Cardenas Guzman
Yesica Heras
Jocelyn Hernandez
Ximena Hidalgo
Arianna Krystal Huerta
Yesica Ibarra Campos
Sarina Lianne Karr
Julia Ann Kelly
Malia Marie King-Jones
Viridiana Landeros
Matthew Lee
Leah Victoria Lopez
Simone M Love
Jacquelynn Miranda Luna
Jacob Jay Madrigal
Jesus Maravilla
Taylor Simone Martin
Ariana Martinez
Daisy Martinez
Myra Alejandra Martinez
Joseph Andrew Mendez
Roxana Menjivar
Rene Montes
Gilbert Manuel Morales
Mai Bee Moua
Nancy Moua
Valeria Nava
Katelin Sally Noyer
Julissa Oceguera
Valerie Rene Ochoa
Susan Priscilla Ortega Cordero
Brianna Y Ortiz Medina
Lizeth Perez
Angelica Luisa Quintero
Guadalupe Tule Ramirez
Lizeth Ramirez
Gabriela Raya Lopez
Juliana Janelle Resendiz
Eduardo Alexis Rodriguez
Jasmine Marie Rodriguez
Marissa Virginia Rodriguez
Arlyn Quetzury Rodriguez Santiago
Clarissa Michelle Rohm
Carolina Romero
Arely Romero Serrano
Mauricio Rosas
Laicho Saelee
Bladimir Sanchez
Monserrath Elizabeth Sanchez-Rodriguez
Lauren Taylor Scalise
Hilda Leticia Sedano-Meza
Adrian Ana Serrano
Delia Silva
Leslie Ernestina Silva-Gonzalez
Kelly Elizabeth Simmons
Terrance Smith
Samantha Isabel Strickland
Sally Ramzi Tadros
Renee Thompson
Peter Chue Thor
Monique Celine Touchstone
Tasha Abelina Trevino
Sabrina Irene Trujillo
Angelica Trujillo Lopez
Mayra Yessenia Valdivia Hernandez
Susana Ivette Valenzuela
Andrea Vasquez
Jesse Jose Vera
Sandra Xiomara Villalobos
Lauren Elizabeth Wiksell
Shyann Nikole Williams
Vue Xiong
Yaneira Yanez
Shoua Yang
Alissia Antonia Zapata

Sociology Minor Graduate List

Aaron Javier Alfaro
Jennifer Alvarez Rosas
Jennifer Stephanie Carbajal-Mendoza
Kassandra Y Cordova Del Valle
Alysia Joe Corona
Krystal Idania Duran
Justine Jennifer Gallardo
Alma Iris Garcia Xinol
Jennifer Guzman
Alexandria N Lazalde
Irina Y Nikolaeva
Chelsea Olibris
Jordanna Christine Porter
Yulissa Ramos
Gian Vincent Villamor