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Marissa Lynette Smithwick

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Martinez, California

My Greatest Supporters

I am thankful to my husband, Jim, my mom, and my friends, Lori, Yvonne, and Valerie, for the support they provided throughout the process of achieving my Bachelor's degree. Without their encouragement, patience, and love I never could have achieved this life-long goal. I also am thankful for my supervisors and managers who allowed me the opportunity to complete my degree while working full time.

Clubs and Activities

Students for Life of SMC
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Mario Miguel V. Bugarini

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Honors

Cum Laude

Deborah Marie Cordova

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Santa Clara

My Greatest Supporters

My husband, daughter, parents, brother, friends and above all, my professors and my Cohort.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

The first day of every course, ordering my books, Dante's room, my final reflection paper and my Cohort, ULD14.

My Next Chapter

To never regret and to always have something to look forward.

Favorite Quote

"For your kindness, I'm in debt to you. For your selflessness, my admiration." Natalie Merchant

William McCurdy

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Alamo, California

My Greatest Supporters

My girlfriend Julia
My father Scott
My grandmother Nini
My brothers Caleb and Nathan

My Next Chapter

Finding my place in this world as I listen to, learn from, and help others around me. "I can imagine that some of these sound contradictory: contrarian thinking, but respect for tradition, while looking to disrupt. That yin and yang is part of it—keep looking. Questioning." - Samuel Blake Hinkie's 2016 Resignation Letter, He Who Died For Our Wins. Sixer's #1 seed baby.

Favorite Quote

We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power…this means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together…you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others…the whole structure of American life must be changed.
— Martin Luther King Jr.

Victoria Renteria

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: Multiple Subject Teacher Education

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

San Diego, California

My Greatest Supporters

My parents, sister, friends, family members, and mentors! I want to thank my parents and sister for believing in me and helping me achieve my goals. Thank you to my friends for always being there for me and motivating me. Los quiero mucho! I also want to thank my JCL classmates, professors, and the HP family for constantly supporting me.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Traveling to India during Jan Term and making many amazing memories with my friends at SMC!

My Next Chapter

As an educator, I am excited to support my future students and community.

Favorite Quote

"Your ancestors are walking with you—inspired by your courage, resilience, and ALL that you've become"
— Roza Nozari
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Valerie Hageraats

Bachelor of Science: Biology

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Kamuela, Hawaii

Victoria Vidales

Bachelor of Arts: History

Minor

Politics

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Fresno, California

My Greatest Supporters

My wonderful family! Mom, Dad, Stephen and Andrew your love and support means everything. I would also like to thank my advisors, Brother Glenn Bolton and Brother Charles Hilken, for their continued mentorship and guidance over the past four years.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

The many adventures that I experienced with my friends! It's impossible to pick only one. Those memories I will cherish forever.

My Next Chapter

I look forward to working in the legal field and preparing for law school soon.

Clubs and Activities

Editor-in-Chief of The Collegian
Secretary of Law Club

Favorite Quote

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Ursula Lochner-Bravo

Bachelor of Arts: Kinesiology: Health Promotion

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

El Cerrito, California
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Travis Oleson

Bachelor of Science: Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Petaluma, California

Sophia Warren

Bachelor of Arts: Economics: Sustainability Studies

Minor

Spanish

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Aurora, Colorado

My Greatest Supporters

I am grateful for the support of my parents as mentors, friends and providers of this wonderful education. The unending support from my three brothers and their partners. The many guiding forces of my learning and growing at SMC: Manisha Anantharaman, Shaunna Vella, Shawny Anderson, Catherine Davalos, and David Quijada.
And to the funniest, most understanding and inspiring circle of friends.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Too many to count! My favorite memories of college are the mundane moments on campus, laying in a hammock and chatting with anyone and everyone who walked by. I also must mention my time in Puerto Rico over Jan Term 2019. This experience gave me passion, inspiration and perspective along with a group of the most salt-of-the-earth humans that I still call my closest friends.

My Next Chapter

I will be working at an outdoors kids camp with some friends in the Bay Area this summer. After that, I am hoping try an internship in the sustainability field this fall until I leave for Australia for a year in 2022. I am excited to try on many hats in the coming years to discern my calling. This path may include environmental justice research, land rights policy, filmmaking or journalism.

Clubs and Activities

Saint Mary's College Dance Company
Vice President of Green Gaels Environmental Club
Hammock Club
Center for International Studies Peer Mentor
Surfrider's Club
Intramural Soccer

Favorite Quote

“I’ve heard it said that sometimes, in return for the gifts of earth, gratitude is enough. It is our unique human gift to express thanks, because we have the awareness and the collective memory to remember that the world can well be otherwise, less generous than it is. But I think we are called to go beyond cultures of gratitude, to once again become cultures of reciprocity. “
— Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass