New Antioch University Santa Barbara Graduates Celebrate at Commencement

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.

** View over 150 photos from Commencement on our Facebook page **

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

Antioch University

Since our founding 1852, Antioch University has remained on the forefront of social justice, inclusion, and equality – regardless of ethnicity, gender, creed, orientation, focus of study, or ability.

Antiochians actively reflect these shared values to inspire positive change in the world. Common Thread is where we document the stories that showcase our communities actions, so the change we work for can be shared widely.  

© 2020 Antioch University. All Rights Reserved.

Skip to content