Asian Pacific Islander graduates lighting each other's candles.

Asian Pacific Islander Graduate Celebration


Asian Pacific Islander Grad was started in 2001. This event commemorates the accomplishments of the Asian & Pacific Islander communities and their allies.

For many historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized students, graduating from college signifies success not only for themselves but also for their family and friends. The Intercultural Center recognizes the importance of this milestone with celebrations that offer Saint Mary’s students the opportunity to publicly thank the people who helped them on their journey.


API Keynote Speaker


Student Keynote Speaker

Jynelle Christine Siupan Cedro
Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Minor: Business Administration


Asian Pacific Islander Graduates


Ashley Barr

Justice, Community, and Leadership

Mylan Biltz


BriYana Linda NeShelle Butler

Master of Arts in Leadership

Emily Cai


Ariel Canonizado

Psychology: Personality

Cheska Marie Cunanan

Allied Health Science

Joshua Dandan

Business Administration: Business Analytics & Finance

Lydia Deng

Allied Health Science

Bryn Dexheimer

Math: Applied Track

Margaret Lynne Santos Garbo

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Jazlynn Gee


Jasmine Gilmete

Business Administration

Douglas Nishimura Isidro

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Christelle Julia Jara


Mariah Khalaf


Samantha Lai

Business Administration: Digital Media

Mahesh kumar Lakshminarayanan

Master of Business Administration

Sonali Anil Lalwani

Business Administration: Marketing & Digital Media

Tangitangiaealamoni Latu

Business Administration

Janet Lee

Business Administration: Digital Media & Marketing

Christian Limpin-Barroga

Kinesiology: Exercise Science

Melissa Fay Lok-Lee

Master of Arts in Leadership

Jeannine Marie Manguiat Megia

Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

Maya Isabelle Marquez

Allied Health Science

Michael Montinola

Business Administration: Business Analytics

Daniel Nguyen

Business Administration

Cristina Pelayo

Master of Arts in Counseling, School Counseling With a School Counseling Credential

Nikki Phan


Jeramiah Pinaula

Business Administration

Justin Poon

Kinesiology: Exercise Science

Samuelu Poueu

Kinesiology: Health Promotion

Chantylle Pradera

Psychology: Personality

Gabriella Ramirez

Sociology & Art Practice

Kindlelon Respicio

Justice, Community, and Leadership: General

Mikaela Robles


Kiran Bains Sahota

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

Mae-Breanna Salinas

Psychology: Child/Adolescent Development

Henna Shaghasi


Maile Shelley

Justice, Community, and Leadership: General

Anisha Dhillon Singh

Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counselor

Bosco Tang

Business Administration: Marketing

Kayla Dominique Tumakay

Psychology: Clinical Counseling

Jennifer Van

Master of Arts in Leadership

Marci Bach Van Horn

Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

Aaron Vaz

Business Administration: Finance

Janice Vong

Psychology: Child/Adolescent Development

Michael Yee

Business Administration: Finance & Business Analytics





 Ardi Samonte

Success Coach, Student Engagement & Academic Success

Awarded to a faculty or staff member who the graduating class feels has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the Asian Pacific Islander community at Saint Mary’s.

 Cheska Cunanan

Bachelor of Science, Allied Health Science

Awarded to a graduating student who the graduating class feels has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership to the Asian Pacific Islander community at Saint Mary’s.




Staff and Faculty Congratulations

A compilation video message of congratulations and best wishes from just some of the SMC faculty and staff whom the graduating class identified as influential mentors and professors along their respective journeys.  

Features: Alicia Rusoja, Álvaro Ramírez, Amissa Miller, Carrie Davis, Cathy Davalos, Cesar Ramos, David Quijada, Denise Witzig, Emily Klein, Jeanine King, Jennifer Pigza, Kathy Littles, Legacy Lee, Loan Dao, Maria Luisa Ruiz, Michael J. Viola, Myrna Santiago, Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman and Ynez Wilson Hirst