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Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Tahirih Khademi

I have met some of the most influential, thought-provoking professors and students in this amazing program. It is amazing how much more there always is to learn and, as an English major at Cal, that learning is always done amongst the brightest and best. Go bears!

—Tahirih Khademi

Haejin Song

As English majors, we have become trained to look at the world, different situations and people not by first impressions, but by taking a closer and deeper look. As we step into adulting, I know that we can use our words and voices in a meaningful way that can bring positive change-- fiat lux.

—Haejin Song

Sarah Bellen Bernardo

Toni Morrison once said, "If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

As I begin life after Cal at a law firm in New York City, I am determined more than ever to continue sharing and immortalizing the narratives of my community.

—Sarah Bellen Bernardo

Isaac Ruiz

The professors and graduate students here in the English department are so committed to teaching and helping their students grow as writers, thinkers, and human beings, and I have been greatly benefited by them.

—Isaac Ruiz

Miko Barcelona Batino

My time in the English Department has truly been one of a kind. I am continually impressed by my peers and professors. Thank you all for making learning such a pleasurable and inspiring experience.

—Miko Barcelona Batino

Emily Frone

As a junior transfer, I had little time to learn as much as possible about English Literature. I cross-applied my second major, Linguistics, to better understand the nuances of Literature. But, the best part of being an English major was constantly being surrounded by books in the Library.

—Emily Frone

Courtney McGrosso

It has been such a pleasure to have the time and opportunity to explore literature here at Cal. I am grateful for all the literature that has been shared with me and hope to carry it with me as I discover and enjoy more in the future.

—Courtney McGrosso

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