Over 150 new graduates of Antioch University Santa Barbara celebrated their achievements at this year’s Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 20 at the Fess Parker Resort.
For the first time, AUSB offered simultaneous interpretation services between English and Spanish for the entire ceremony.
Student speakers Märta Waldrop Bergman from the Bachelor of Arts program, Lena Moran from the MA in Education program, and Megan Kain from the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program all told of their rewarding journeys through their programs while a 2015 PsyD graduate – Dr. Dalia Ruiz – spoke of her accomplishments in the past year while accepting the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award.
After a warm introduction by Dr. Barbara Lipinski, AUSB’s Provost, Gina Bell, MA, an adjunct faculty in the BA program, displayed her emotions and her students cheered loudly for her before she received the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Retiring President Dr. Nancy Leffert spoke at her last Commencement as did Marcia Cohen on behalf of the AUSB Board of Trustees and Elsa Luna for the AU Board of Governors.
In all, 156 students received their degrees on Monday:
- 63 Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
- 8 Master of Arts in Education
- 8 Master of Education
- 45 Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
- 8 Master of Arts in Psychology
- 17 Master of Business Administration
- 7 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Video of all featured speakers is available here in this playlist:
Posted June 22, 2016