May 18, 2019
Celebrating the Class of 2019
By Abby Simmons and Stefanie Johndrow
The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, family and friends are celebrating the Class of 2019’s academic accomplishments, leadership and service throughout Carnegie Mellon University’s 122nd Commencement Weekend.
Dietrich College will confer 328 undergraduate degrees, 92 master’s degrees and 40 doctorates this year. In addition, 18 Science and Humanities Scholars will receive undergraduate degrees from the college.
Evan Glauberman, who participated in CMU’s Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) program, was among students honored. He will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps following graduation.
“Dietrich College’s flexible curriculum has enabled me to pursue my interests across many engaging fields of study,” Glauberman said. “Pursuing a double major in international relations and politics and social and political history has allowed me to understand the current states of global and domestic politics in addition to the history of how they came to be. I have also studied Arabic language and culture extensively and gone from being illiterate to now working as a speaking assistant in the span of two years.”
On Saturday, May 18, Dean Richard Scheines handed out University and/or College Honors to more than 180 graduating seniors. Undergraduates with a 3.5 or higher quality point average (QPA) received University Honors, and students who completed an honors thesis as part of the college’s Senior Honors Program received College Honors.
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Chih Yuan Chang
Sonia de los Reyes
Weng Shian Ho
Eun Kyung Kwon
Sang Hyun Park
Maria Rodriguez De La Cruz
Thomas Serban Von Davier
Xin Tong Wu
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Students Who Received Dietrich College Honors
Paloma Sierra Hernandez
Science and Humanities Scholars
Students from Other Colleges
William Crouch, Mellon College of Science
Jacky Lao, College of Engineering
Miranda Mlincek, Mellon College of Science
Naviya Singla, School of Computer Science
Dietrich College Students Who Earned Additional College Honors
Valene Mezmin, Mellon College of Science
George Stoica, School of Computer Science
Amelia Gilson, Tepper School of Business
Eric Huang, Tepper School of Business
Jules Ross, Tepper School of Business
Adam Tucker, Tepper School of Business
“A Carnegie Mellon education is regarded among the most rigorous in the world,” Scheines said to graduates and their families. “Our alumni all tell me essentially the same thing. They say, ‘As soon as I entered the workforce, I was immediately aware that I was ahead of my peers — even those from other colleges that are household names.’”
He noted alumni often say that their Dietrich College experiences set them apart because they learned to value hard work, had the opportunity to engage in real-world problems and developed a grounding in deep disciplinary knowledge.
Gabrielle Maier, the 2019 Elliot Dunlap Smith Teaching Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service, also spoke at the Honors Convocation. She shared her personal journey of becoming teaching professor of German, one that was not a linear path.
“It took me a while and a few detours to figure out what truly made me happy, but in the end, it eventually all made sense,” Maier said. “If you feel lost because everyone around you seems to have it figured out, be skeptical. Just keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to switch gears if you discover your current field or job isn’t making you happy."
On Friday, May 17, nearly 100 graduates were honored at the university’s Senior Leadership Recognition Awards.
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Rosana Elena Guernica
Jieming (Lewis) Li
Lily Katherine Marty
Mayowa Hannah Osinowo
Daniela Salazar De Luna
Victoria Van Benschoten
Julia Adams, who studied international relations and politics, is serving as the college’s flag bearer this year. She will lead graduates into Gesling Stadium for the main commencement ceremony on Sunday.
“Dietrich College introduced me to awide range of people and academics that assisted me in discovering my interests and passions as an individual,” Adams said. “The diverse range of experiences in research and courses, balancing quantitative and qualitative work, provided me a unique perspective on the unlimited opportunities in my future. I have grown in both my confidence and capabilities as a student, friend and leader thanks to my time at Dietrich College.”
Following graduation, Adams will be moving to Washington, D.C., to join Deloitte Government and Public Services as a tech analyst.
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