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Dads of Grads (and Moms) Get Special Gift Sunday

By Ioana Patrigenaru | June 19, 2006

Dads of Grads (and Moms) Get Special Gift Sunday
Sixth College students stand during Sunday's
commencement ceremony at the RIMAC Arena.

A roaring rumble shook the RIMAC Arena and hundreds cheered as more than 200 students made history by becoming Sixth College’s inaugural graduating class Sunday. As an added bonus, they gave their fathers a very special present, by graduating on Father’s Day.

“I can’t think of a better gift than having a graduate in the family,” Chancellor Marye Anne Fox said Sunday. “What do you think, fathers?”

The audience answered with thunderous applause. Chancellor Fox then reflected on the education Sixth College students received.

“I hope if you’ve learned anything during your years here, it’s been that you have to learn and unlearn and re-evaluate what you’ve learned,” she told students.

Sixth College’s core curriculum blends culture, art and technology. It puts an emphasis on computer literacy, writing, multimedia technologies and communication skills. Students also take part in hands-on projects, including working with Sudanese refugees and inner city students. This was in effect Sixth College’s first inaugural class, though last year a few students received their diplomas after completing all their requirements in just three years.

“You’ve shaped and built Sixth College and created the spirit of our community,” Provost Gabriele Wienhausen told students Sunday.

Sixth College’s curriculum allowed Richard Andrew Duran Koff to broaden his perspectives, said his mother, Ramona. Koff graduated as a biochemistry and cell biology major and plans to go to med school. But at Sixth College, he also took music and literature classes.

“It made him more culturally aware of others,” Ramona Koff said.

Some brought home-made signs to congratulate the graduates. Vikrum Singh Nijjar, a computer science major, was one of more than 200 Sixth College students to receive his diploma Sunday.
Some brought home-made signs to congratulate the graduates. Vikrum Singh Nijjar, a computer science major, was one of more than 200 Sixth College students to receive his diploma Sunday.

And what did Koff's father, Steven Koff, think of a graduation taking place on Father’s Day?

“It’s the best gift I could get," he said.

Meanwhile, Katherine Ellen Eifert’s father, Don, confessed that he was experiencing a bit of a déjà vu Sunday. His son, Benn, graduated from Stanford on Father’s Day a few years ago. Now it was his daughter’s turn.

Eifert was this year’s student speaker for Sixth College’s commencement. During her time at UCSD, she taught English in an Ethiopian orphanage. She also worked in Mozambique for three months.

“She blossomed more here than in any other place in her life,” said her mother, Carol.

After graduation, Eifert is headed for Northern California, where she will study to become a minister. She wants to serve as a missionary in Africa, said her mother. During her graduation speech, Eifert urged her classmates to work with their community. Then she too acknowledged all the fathers in the audience.

“To all of you dads: Happy Father’s Day,” she said. “We honor you as well.”

Standout Grads Passionate About Everything from Film to Law

Sixth College’s graduation was part of a busy three-day commencement schedule at UCSD. In all, more than 5000 students graduated, starting with Marshall College at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and ending with Eleanor Roosevelt College at 10 a.m. today. Marshall and Muir graduated 900 students each. Then 1250 students graduated from Warren, 850 from Revelle and 800 from Roosevelt. Graduate students also had their share of festivities. Saturday, 125 students graduated from the Graduate School of International Relations/Pacific Studies and the Graduate Division awarded 275 post-graduate degrees Sunday.

Graduation speakers included former state Sen. Dede Alpert, Jonathan Karl, an ABC News national security correspondent and Mike Farrell, who played B.J. Hunnicut in the cult TV series M*A*S*H.

Engineering Students Take Oath of Honor
Engineering Students Take Oath of Honor

Jacobs School of Engineering students began their commencement celebration on a serious note with the UCSD’s inaugural Order of the Engineer ring ceremony. About 115 graduating engineers took an oath to practice engineering with integrity and high standards, and placed a ring on the fifth finger of their writing hand to remind them of their oath as they sign engineering documents.

“The ceremony was not only a symbol of how seriously our students take their engineering profession, but also of the incredible culture of leadership, teamwork and pride building among our student body,” said Dean Frieder Seible.

The event, held Saturday in the Engineering Courtyard was initiated and organized by the Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC), which represents 17 UCSD student chapters of professional engineering organizations. TESC plans to make this an annual event and include alumni who want to come back to take the oath.

 

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