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College recognizes December graduates with annual reception

Alexis Pope '12 JOURN | Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV
12/16/2010  5:00 pm

The high winds and blowing snow did little to deter family members who traveled to campus to celebrate at the College of Media December Graduation Reception on Dec. 12. Held in Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication, the reception brought together graduates and their families as well as faculty and staff of the College.

Graduates were flanked by proud family members as they spoke with professors and advisers.

Karina Anglada, a journalism graduate, said of her experience, “I can’t believe it. I’m so proud. I have learned so much. I couldn’t imagine being at any other school. It is a proud moment.”

Anglada will attend the UI Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Spring 2011.

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Interim Dean Jan Slater welcomed families and congratulated the graduates, reminding them that their hard work in the College will pay off in their careers.

"Our December reception is to celebrate the success of our students who are graduating mid-term," Slater said. "While many of them will come back to walk at graduation in May, this reception provides an opportunity to congratulate them at this important juncture of their lives. By the time we see them in May, they will have been working for many months and their time at school won’t be as top of mind."

Of his future plans, Matthew Simcox, a media and cinema studies graduate, said, “It’s daunting to be just finished with college and to go out into the economy, but I’ve gained a lot of experience.”

Simcox wants to be a writer and wants to go to film school.

Parents and relatives expressed their excitement for their graduates’ accomplishments and hope for their future endeavors.

“It’s awesome,” said Olga Anglada. “I’m so delighted by my daughter. I’m so happy. She’s my baby.”

Kelly Garrison, an advertising masters graduate who had been a reporter in California before coming to Illinois, credits the College of Media with helping her find new career options.

“I will remember all of the camaraderie with my peers,” she said. “I learned a lot from the diversity in the group. I have great relationships that will last a lifetime.”

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