Commencement 2021

Background image: Congratulations Class of 2021!

Congratulations to all of the GSE’s 2021 graduates!

We are proud of everything that you have achieved and we fully recognize that completing your degree while a worldwide pandemic raged on is nothing short of remarkable. As you embark on the next chapter of your life-long learning journey, we are grateful that you chose Berkeley as an educational waypoint.

We’re excited to continue watching you grow even more as you share your knowledge in classrooms, board rooms, lecture halls, chamber halls, and so many other places beyond Berkeley.

On this page, we offer a snapshot of a celebration that honors you! Dean Prudence L. Carter, who is stepping down after five years as Dean, offers her congratulations; and the GSE’s Commencement wouldn’t be complete without a song from the Berkeley Way West Chorus, and Artists in Resonance, with Professor Frank C. Worrell conducting; and a performance by Professor Dor Abrahamson and Phd Candidate Rachel Chen playing “Pomp & Circumstance.”

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Dean Prudence L. Carter
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Rachel Chen and Dor Abrahamson, Pomp + Circumstance
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Student Speaker: Cherise McBride '21 PhD
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BWW Chorus + Artists in Resonance sing "Fond Farewell," Prof. Frank C. Worrell, conductor

BE3: Berkeley Educators for Equity & Excellence

MA + California teaching credential

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Reading of BE3 graduates' names by Head Graduate Advisor Prof. Jabari Mahiri

Roya Aghavali

Daria Beniash

Sarah Bloom

Emily Blumenthal

Emily Paige Bronston-Joseph

Suzanne Chen

Sharon Choi

Cam Davila

Breezy De Silva

Sagarika Gami

Wai Yin Ho

Amber Lamprecht

Ruth Ann Liou

Precious Listana

Lucy Cooperman Litvak

Rebecca Longworth

Courtney McGuire

Nathaniel Ng

Katie Nguyen

María Guadalupe Núñez

Gabrielle Plastina

Jordan Robinson

Syrah Elodie Russell

Katelin Schroeder

Matthew Simon

PhD in Education

Including Joint Doctorate in Special Education; School Psychology; and Math, Science and Technology

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Reading of PhD graduates' names by Head Graduate Advisor Prof. Jabari Mahiri

Lakshmi Balasubramanian

Bryce Larkin Chessell Becker

Gema Cardona

Krista L. Cortes

Leah Edith Dundes Faw

Erin S. Gelgoot

Maryam Moeini Meybodi

Cyrell Roberson

Marjorie Whiteley Rowe

Alyse Danielle Schneider

Renee Starowicz

Weeraphat Suksiri

Kathleen A. Yu

Jenny F. Zhang

Elizabeth Arnett Zumpe

PLI: Principal Leadership Institute

MA + Administrative Services Credential

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Reading of PLI graduates' names by Head Graduate Advisor Prof. Jabari Mahiri

Ena Dallas

Shannon Noelle Erby

Claudia Leticia González

Soo Hyun Han-Harris

Kiara Cristina Elizondo Herrera

Jamilah Jones-McLean

Faye Kwan

Cynthia Pistone

Sarah Prensky-Pomeranz

Connor Smith

Hanna Aliza Sufrin

Cassandra Ann Tesch

MA in Education

Including Social Research Methodologies, and the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education

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Reading of MA graduates' names by Head Graduate Advisor Prof. Jabari Mahiri

Brett Jeffrey Cataldo

Andrew Cooper

Lonnell Edwards

Andrew Garcia

Lindsey Merrihew Haddock

Rebecca McNeil

Loan Cam Quach

Ed Wright

Nina W. Zhao