Rebecca Peters’ IQ score measured so low in fourth grade that her school did not deem her to be college material. Her parents didn’t buy it, and neither did she. Today she’s a diehard clean-water-access warrior, the winner of three of America’s top 10 scholarships — and UC Berkeley’s top graduating senior
Of the 35 outstanding graduating seniors who applied for University Medal this year, five finalists were selected, and water policy warrior Rebecca Peters won. The four runners-up – Kevin Kennedy, Brooke Liang, Rohin Shah and Sarah Mohamed – are each exceptional in their own right. Read about their lives and the philosophy that got them this far.
The Graduation Gown Lending Project, launched last year by students, is on a mission to acquire enough caps and gowns to outfit all graduating seniors who can’t afford to rent regalia. Donations helped triple the program this year.
College broadcasters’ careers, like those of the student-athletes they cover, don’t last forever. In this video, Berkeley seniors Isaac Wolf and Josh Toyofuku look back at their four years at the microphone, and consider the future of KALX sports radio.
Pelosi, who has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District for over 26 years and led House Democrats for over a decade, will address graduating seniors, faculty, administrators and guests at the 2014 campus-wide Commencement.
Music department graduates won’t be marching to the traditional sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” this year, but the event will be marked by celebratory concert performances on Hertz Hall’s recently installed Noack concert organ.
More than 21,000 crowded the stands of California Memorial Stadium for Saturday’s campuswide commencement. Highlights included a keynote address by U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a rousing rap on the senior experience by student Kaila Love.
The campus held a festive event May 16 to honor six students from Sub-Saharan Africa earning master’s degrees this month — the first graduating cohort from UC Berkeley’s partnership with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
At the campuswide commencement ceremony, graduating senior Kaila Love brought many in Memorial Stadium to their feet with “Senior Anthem 2014,” her rap song asking “How’d I get this far? … Take a look at me now.