New UC grads are already changing the world for the better
For every student who dons a cap and gown, graduation day is a celebration of a hard-won accomplishment. But for many thousands of new graduates, commencement also marks the start of a life devoted to making a positive difference for others.
As the Class of 2016 leaves UC, it’s not only those tossing mortar boards, hugging and snapping photos who have reason to cheer. It is also the countless others who have been, and will be, profoundly influenced by their contributions.
In fact, many of UC’s new grads are already deeply engaged in public service: helping returning combat veterans, providing food and housing to the homeless, bringing hope to communities in need.
Returning Marine Brian Vargas was almost killed nine years ago in battle in Iraq. Now, the newly minted UC Berkeley grad helps returning warriors cope with PTSD, and is working to develop new approaches to suicide prevention among veterans.