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Kylie Carlson

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Hometown

Concord, California

Kristian Jacob Cruz

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Hometown

Mangilao, Guam

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters throughout my time here at Saint Marys were my parents. (especiallymymomlol) My Dublit family. my partner. my friends/family back home. The friends I made along the way. and the friends I came here with those guys are pretty cool too. Honorable mention : The people of Guam. I Legislaturhan Guahan. The current Governor and Lt. Governor. and lastly, my support group.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite SMC memory was meeting all the different people here and having a good time.

My Next Chapter

I just hope to do good in the world wherever that may be.

Clubs and Activities

Communication Club Vice President
Rugby Team Member
The Council of Areopagus

Favorite Quote

"Birds can't fly in a cage."
— Kanye

Kyle Martin

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Hometown

San Ramon

My Greatest Supporters

My family and friends, especially my parents and my grandparents. Love you guys!!

Katrina Culp

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Minor

Women's and Gender Studies

Hometown

Sacramento, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters have been my incredible family and friends as well as many of the wonderful professors here at Saint Mary's. I couldn't be more grateful for everything I have been taught and the relationships I have developed along the way. My family has sacrificed so much for me to receive this education and I could not be more thankful.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

There are way too many to count! I have so many unforgettable memories with all of my incredible friends that I have met during my time at Saint Mary's! Some of my most memorable times would have to include being part of the Spring Musical 'Cabaret' my Sophomore year as well as studying abroad in London Fall semester of my Junior year. I feel so lucky for all the memories I have created here!

My Next Chapter

After finishing up my internships and gaining some more experience, I hope to move to New York or London in my future and continue to work for companies I am passionate about. I want to always incorporate social justice in whatever it is I do and apply my knowledge about digital media to work creatively in building brands. I would also love to continue pursing a career in music and theatre.

Clubs and Activities

Study Abroad Peer Mentor for the International Program
Part of the Performing Arts Department
Social Media Marketing Intern for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Favorite Quote

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
— Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Katrina Heffernan

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Minor

Sociology

Hometown

Vashon Island, Washington

Karina Cabrera

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Minor

Performing Arts: Music

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

East Palo Alto, CA

My Greatest Supporters

I would like to thank my parents, Martha and Cristobal Cabrera, my little brother and my Wita for being my biggest support system, constantly encouraging me to go after my dreams no matter the obstacles. I'd like to thank my Godparents and uncle for their support and last but not least, my dog Khloe for the unconditional love and company she gave me during stressful times.

Clubs and Activities

Saint Mary's College Choir: Glee, Chamber & Jazz singers

Favorite Quote

"Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered."
— Michelle Obama

Jennifer Rinefort

Bachelor of Arts: Communication & Dance Choreography

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Laguna Niguel, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters are my family (Mom, Dad, Molly, Tommy, Abbey, and Penny), all of my friends, and my SMCDC dance family.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

I have so many amazing memories from the last 4 years. One of them is all of the dance performances I've had the honor to be a part of. It's always so fun to warm up with my fellow dancers and teachers, Moulin Rouge, getting pumped up in the dressing room, and of course performing on stage in LeFevre Theatre!

My Next Chapter

I'm excited to start the next chapter of my life! I am planning on working in the communication field including public relations, HR, and event planning.

Clubs and Activities

Saint Mary's College Dance Company

Favorite Quote

Dance skills are life skills
— Dana Lawton

Jourdan Thompson

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Hometown

Martinez

My Greatest Supporters

My Mom, Dad, Sister, and all who have been in my life throughout my time at SMC.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Meeting two of my best friends at orientation!

My Next Chapter

Looking for a fulfilling job in marketing or advertising!

Clubs and Activities

Communication Club President

National Society of Leadership & Success Member

Gael Force

Favorite Quote

"Be the change you wish to see"
— Gandhi
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Jordan Mansfield

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Minor

Digital Studies

Hometown

Newark, California

My Greatest Supporters

I have an amazing group of supporters, the first ones being my mom, dad, and little brother. They have been there for all the late-night phone calls when I need help with a problem and need help figuring anything out. They are the first people that I call. After that would be the friends that I have met at Saint Mary's and the family that I have been able to create at my home away from home.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

There are so many memories that have been created over the last four years, some of the most memorable ones have been while I was working the athletic events, from volleyball to men and women's basketball to baseball games there have been so many amazing memories that have happened at each event.

My Next Chapter

I will be moving back home and to figure out what the next steps are for me, whether that is in the workforce doing similar things I did at Saint Mary's or going back to school to further my education. With that being said I am very excited to see what the future holds!

Clubs and Activities

Gael Sisterhood
Gael Vision Production Assistant

Favorite Quote

“Being different isn't a bad thing. It means that you are brave enough to be yourself.”
— -Luna Lovegood

Julia Racioppo

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Minor

Cinematic Arts

Honors

Summa Cum Laude
Byron Bryant

Hometown

Alamo, California

Award Bio

Julia Racioppo is a Gael from Alamo, California, graduating with a Bachelor's in Communication, with a minor in Cinematic Arts. Throughout her time at Saint Mary's, she was most heavily involved in Gael Force, New Students and Family Programs, and Coed club tennis. Post-graduation, Julia is applying her education in Communication as a marketing coordinator at an East Bay real estate firm.

My Greatest Supporters

Biggest Thank You to my Saint Mary's family who I cannot live without: Veronica Nims, Sarah Gallo, Louis Marin, Noah Moretti, Emilio Takenaga, Brett MacDonald, Ariana Harr, Lindsey Robles, Brendan Carr, Chuck Novak and the entire Mitty Mob!
To my top educators: Neeley Silberman, Chad Arnold, Steve Miller, Norrie Palmer and Dan Leopard.
Lastly my family! Mom, Ryan, Dad, Grammy, GPF and Gueli.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My best memory has to be the First Year Soiree. This guy tried to dance battle me and he ripped off his shirt and the crowd went wild, and when I tried to rebuttal I fell and sprained my ankle and had to crawl to Mitty. That was the night I became a living legend on this campus and made many of my longest friendships, even the guy who showed me up in the dance battle.

My Next Chapter

Starting next week I will be working full time as a Marketing Coordinator for a local Keller Williams Realty branch, The Renee White Team, in Walnut Creek. I am excited to apply what I have learned as a Communication Major to my career and hopefully learn lots on the job! I hope to be moving in with some of my Saint Mary's family here in the East Bay ASAP.

Clubs and Activities

Gael Force Executive Team President
GF Team Vice President
GF Team Men's Basketball Commissioner
Two year Orientation Leader
Three Year Wowie
4 Year Club Tennis Team member and 2 year Vice President
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member

Favorite Quote

"Today's assignment...Kick Some Ass!"
— School of Rock