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With Hard-Earned Degrees, UCSB’s Class of 2012 Ready to Change the World

Nearly 6,000 students join ranks of Gaucho alumni after weekend of commencement ceremonies

UCSB is sending off its 2012 graduates — nearly 6,000 in all — this weekend.

College of Engineering Dean Rod Alferness spoke to engineering and sciences graduates Saturday afternoon at the Faculty Club green.

“A decade from now I wonder what the age of big data will look like,” he said. “I wonder of our complex understanding of engineering and biology that will help us confront cancer and disease. I look forward to the technology that will sustain our energy demands but I particularly look forward to how you will play a role in this.”

The most important questions that lies ahead of today’s graduates are why they chose the path of education and why do they need to change the status quo, mechanical engineering graduate Elan Frantz said. The Wright Brothers weren’t the most educated or well known, he said.

“But they shaped the future of the airplane because they believed in their dream, relentlessly pursued it and defied the odds,” Frantz said. “During my time at UCSB, I’ve seen passionate people with little experience defy the odds to pursue their own dreams. Together we promoted social justice, started nonprofits, invented new technology and found answers to questions others were only beginning to think about.”

Frantz has also seen students exercise civic ethics and hard work at the library, on the fields and among friends, he said.

“But it’s only at UCSB that you can find a half-naked construction worker running through the library with a handlebar mustache drinking a Four Loko from a coconut,” Frantz said. “Parents you know if this is your kid.”

Chancellor Henry Yang said the university has an established undergraduate program that will serve the graduates well.

“We are here to honor your accomplishments and celebrate your hard-earned degrees,” he said. “You met the high standards of our university and I can tell you starting today and for the rest of your life you will be proud to say you are graduates of the University of California, Santa Barbara.”

The university will start its College of Creative Studies commencement at 11 a.m. Sunday at Campbell Hall.

“Maya Angelou said that you should pursue the things you love doing and do them so well that they can’t take their eyes off of you,” Frantz said.

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UCSB's 2012 commencement weekend ceremonies get under way Saturday. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)
UCSB’s 2012 commencement weekend ceremonies get under way Saturday. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo) (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)

Thousands of family and friends packed the UCSB Faculty Club Green to cheer on the graduates. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)
Thousands of family and friends packed the UCSB Faculty Club Green to cheer on the graduates. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)

Chancellor Henry Yang told UCSB's newest alumni that, as of 'today and for the rest of your life you will be proud to say you are graduates of the University of California, Santa Barbara.' (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)
Chancellor Henry Yang told UCSB’s newest alumni that, as of “today and for the rest of your life you will be proud to say you are graduates of the University of California, Santa Barbara.” (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)

Author, TV journalist and part-time Summerland resident Jeff Greenfield was the guest speaker for Sunday afternoon's Humanities ceremony. (UCSB photo)
Author, TV journalist and part-time Summerland resident Jeff Greenfield was the guest speaker for Sunday afternoon’s Humanities ceremony. (UCSB photo)

Harrison Weber is all smiles as Chancellor Henry T. Yang announces him as the winner of the Thomas More Storke Award, UCSB's highest student honor. (UCSB photo)
Harrison Weber is all smiles as Chancellor Henry T. Yang announces him as the winner of the Thomas More Storke Award, UCSB’s highest student honor. (UCSB photo)

One happy grad receives her diploma from Chancellor Henry T. Yang. (UCSB photo)
One happy grad receives her diploma from Chancellor Henry T. Yang. (UCSB photo)

A happy UCSB graduate skates through campus on a sunny Saturday afternoon. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)
A happy UCSB graduate skates through campus on a sunny Saturday afternoon. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)

One student used her mortarboard to thank her mom and dad. (UCSB photo)
One student used her mortarboard to thank her mom and dad. (UCSB photo)

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