2020 Undergraduate Students

Ilona Nathania Alisudjana

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BA Psychology, BA Communication
Thank you to my teachers, advisors, friends, and my amazing boyfriend Jaime, for their endless support the past 4 years. Terima kasih Papa, Mami dan Marsha, for letting me achieve the impossible!

Kenyon Allen

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BA Psychology (Communication minor)

My parents as well as my husband have played major roles in helping me achieve my degree. My parents throughout my life have stressed the importance of education and have completely supported me throughout my undergraduate journey. I would have never been able to attain my degree without my parents’ guidance and support. My husband has also helped me achieve my degree while standing by my side everyday cheering me on!

Kelsey Robyn Ayers

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BS Psychology (Biology minor); BS Biology (Psychology minor)

Thank you to my family for putting up with me for the past four years while I only talked about the Mitochondria and Freud. Next step, Medical School! 

Jesse Bath

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BS Psychology; BS Biology

Thank you to my family and professors for helping me get this far.

Shannon Marie Benally

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BA Psychology; BA Native American Studies

I would like to thank my parents Arnold Benally and Virginia Jones, with out their love, support and encouragement this would not be possible. My degrees are in honor of my father who passed away in October 2019. WIthout his belief in me and his inspiration I would not have finished my degrees. Thank you Mom and Dad! I love you 

Samantha Benavidez

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BS Psychology (Evolutionary Anthropology minor)
This LOBO journey taught me that ANYTHING is possible if you put your heart, mind, and spirit into achieving your goals! Thank you Mom & Dad (and Auntie Claud)!

Ashley Lily Brown

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BA Psychology (Family and Child Studies minor)
Ahé’héé Ntsaágo shik’é dóó shídine’e for helping me accomplish this major life goal of mine! You are the best support system I could for and I will continue to make you proud! Ayóó Ánííshní. 

Michelle Paula Brown

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BA Psychology (Communication minor)

It’s possible. Thank you, Zoe Jane and Giovanni for the motivation to complete something that was started years before I met you. I love you.

Kandice Lynn Brumbelow

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BA Psychology (Sociology minor)
Thank you to my friends and family for your continuous support and for providing me with any resources that I needed in order to succeed, even in times that it felt impossible. Thank you to UNM for the amazing adventure. Go lobos!

Jessica Rae Burnham

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BA Psychology (Management minor); BA Biology (Psychology minor)

Thank you to my friends and family for all of the unconditional love and support during my time as an undergrad. I am truly blessed, and I can't wait to see what the future holds. Cheers to the class of 2020. Go Lobos!

Mary-Trynee Canete

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BS Psychology (Health, Medicine, and Human Values minor; Chemistry minor)
Thank you to all my wonderful professors for giving me 4 amazing years at UNM. Thank you to my amazing family and friends for the endless love and support! My Psychology degree will help me as I continue my journey at the UNM School of Medicine!

Jazmin Mariah Castillo

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BA Psychology; BA Sociology
The four years I spent as an undergrad were some of the best of my life. I was fortunate enough to have met many spectacular individuals who helped make the beginning of my educational journey what it was. A very special thank you to those who helped me in continuing my educational journey as a Master’s student in the Counselor Education program at UNM this coming Fall 2020.

Sydney Elizabeth Chacon

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BA Psychology; BA Criminology
I would like to thank all of my friends, family, and teachers who have encouraged me to keep moving forward towards my goals. I couldnt have done it without your support!

Isabelle Clinton

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BS Psychology (Evolutionary Anthropology minor)
Receiving encouragement and support to attend college has been crucial to my being able to graduate. My parents have helped me in innumerable ways throughout these past years, and I am endlessly grateful. My sisters, my grandmas, and the wonderful friends I have made have also provided so much love and support. My college years have led to growth and have prepared me to pursue my most ambitious goals.   

Kianna Dart

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BA Psychology; BA Intercultural Communication
I feel so blessed to be a part of UNM's graduating class of 2020. While this last semester has certainly not been easy, it has reminded me of what an amazing community I've been able to be a part of over the past four years. I would like to thank my instructors, classmates, coworkers, friends, and family for the love and support you've all shown me. I appreciate you more than you know. Go Lobos!

Inga-Lisa DeBoo

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BA Psychology (Health, Medicine, and Human Values minor)

My husband, kids, family and friends...

Thank you for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself. 


Kevin Diegel

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BS Psychology-Summa Cum Laude

Thank you to everyone who showed faith in me.  I will never forget you.

Stephen J. Frazier

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BA Psychology (Communication minor)

Nazareth Garcia

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BS Psychology (Chemistry)

Those who run with wolves learn how to howl. Thank you to my wolf pack for support, guidance, and endless hope. Para mi gente! 

Katie Green

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BA Psychology; BS Population Health
I am so grateful for the loving, ongoing support of my friends and family throughout my time at UNM. More than just supporting me, my family allowed me the space and the freedom to pursue my passions and career interests without any judgement. I am so inspired by my education, my professors, my peers, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Rhonda Hall

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BA Psychology; BA Sociology-Pre-Law Concentration (Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor); Magna Cum Laude
I am so grateful to have the most supportive and loving family who has pushed me to strive for my best self especially through my academic work. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. Every interest and passion I have pursued here at UNM has been fully embraced by my family and friends which has allowed me to flourish in ways I didn't know possible. I am so very appreciative and it means the world.

Alex Herrera

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BA Psychology
I want to acknowledge my parents who passed while I was pursuing my degree. The best anyone son or daughter could wish for. And thanks to all my professors who were above and beyond the best teachers and people I could have hoped for.

Veronica Hutchison

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BS Psychology (Chemistry minor); BS Biology (Health, Medicine, and Human Values minor)

I want to thank my best friend, Jules, for bringing joy and laughter into my life for the past 10 years. I want to thank my sister and brother for always being there for me when I needed it. My Aunt Brenda for reminding me that I can do anything and my mother for listening to me and showing an interest in my life. I thank my entire family for all their love and support. 

Campbell Intong

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BA Psychology (Criminology minor)
I would like to thank my friends, family, and my professors for making my experience at the University of New Mexico an amazing one and helping me reach my goal in getting my degree!

Samera Issa

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BS Psychology (Biology minor); BS Biology

“Success is not final, failure is not fetal, it is the courage to continue that counts” -Winston

Lawrence Stephen Jaramillo

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BA Psychology-BAC Concentration

I am Lawrence Jaramillo and probably the oldest graduate of the class of 2020. My journey started in the fall of 1967, and 53 years later, I earned my degree. My major is Psychology with a BAC concentration. The person I want to thank the most is my wife Evangelene for her support and for not letting me quit and a big thank you to all my instructors here UNM for their help and support.

Kylee Dawn Kennedy

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BA Psychology; BA Speech and Hearing Sciences

I had an incredible four years at UNM; I would like to thank my family for their unconditional support and my friends for the great memories! I am excited to continue my education at the UNM Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Graduate Program. I am thrilled to take these next steps in my life.

Kristin Kie

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BS Psychology; BS Biology (Chemistry minor)
I am honored as a commuter student from Laguna Pueblo to have completed my degrees at University of New Mexico. As you know, a college education is quite expensive, but it is an investment that is unquestionably meaningful. I want to thank my family, community, scholarship donors, and UNM faculty for all the support in completing my education. Daa’waa’eh

Fillip Kosorukov

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BA Psychology
I am beyond grateful for my family and friends that have been along for this journey. I strive to keep growing as a person and to make you proud. I am also so thankful to my mentors that have helped me find where I want my next steps in life to be. I am excited for the future and continuing my education. Resilience has been a huge part of my momentum and why I'm here today.

Samuel Barnett Laird

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BA Psychology

I would like to thank my family and my friends for sticking with me. I don't know if I could have persevered without their support. I never imagined I would make it this far when I was younger, but I'm glad that I did and am excited to see what the future has in store.

Jessica Grace Lantz

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BA Psychology (Family & Child Studies minor)
Having a college degree is something that I never thought would be possible for myself, and I couldn't have done it without the continued support of those around me. Thank you to everyone that pushed me, cared for me, and loved me along the way. I appreciate each and every one of you more than words can summarize.

Gladis Lopez

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BA Psychology (Latin American Studies minor)

Family and friends have been an integral part of my whole college/university experience, without their constant support days at university would have been much more difficult. That is why being part of the historic class of 2020 is something that I am extremely proud of. Although, the current situation we are in took all of us by surprise, I am glad to have finally graduated. Thank you to everyone and congratulations Class of 2020!

Leslie Alanna Lucero

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BA Psychology (Communication minor)
It's been a long journey, but I finally made it! I couldn't have done it without the grace of God and support from all my friends and family. I especially want to thank my husband Greg for all the late nights he stayed up in solidarity and the support and love from my beautiful children. Thank you and I love you all! 

Kristin Lujan

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BA Psychology (Family & Child Studies minor)
I can honestly say I wouldn't have been able to reach the point in my life that I am at now if it wasn't for my supportive parents.  They were always there to help support me when things were tough in and out of school.  I'm excited to know that I will still have their support in the next step in my journey.  I can't express enough how much you two mean to me.

Lailah Rose Manzanares

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BA Psychology
I am so lucky to have tremendous support from my parents, brother, fiancé, my coworkers, and all of my friends. I couldn't have gotten to where I am without all of these amazing people and I hope that I always make them proud! GO LOBOS!

Jennifer L. Marchand

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BA Psychology; BA Criminology (Interdisciplinary Studies minor)
Thank you to my family and friends who encouraged me to do my best and supported me throughout my journey here at UNM; your support means the world to me!

Genissa Mata

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BA Psychology; BA Interpersonal Communication
I would like to thank my friends and family for pushing me to become the best version of my self. My mother has shown me what it means to be a strong independent woman. Never give up on your dreams. Congratulations class of 2020! 

Tara Memarian

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BA Psychology (Chemistry minor); BS Biology
Receiving a BS in Biology and BA in Psychology in 3.5 years was one of the best decisions I made while studying here at UNM. Although the road was hard, I could not have done it without the support of my family and friends. I am lucky to have them all and I appreciate every one of their efforts. I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Marisa Michealson

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BA Psychology; BA Biology

I would like to thank my parents and the amazing friends I have made in college. Without your support, I would not be here.

Esmeralda Montes

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BA Psychology (Family & Child Studies minor)

I would like to thank my parents, family, and friends  who were there to support and guide me though this amazing experience. Especially my parents who left everything to give me a better future. Si se puede!

Paulina Estrada Oaxaca

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BA Psychology (Communication minor)
I’m so grateful with God and with all the people who have supported me along the path of achieving my BA. Thank you mom for inspiring me and encouraging me to accomplish my dream. I’m grateful for your unconditional love. Thank you CAMP and TRiO-SSS friends for your unconditional support. I’m grateful for all my SOLmates, friends, boyfriend and family for being always there to motivate me to do my best

Jillian Olguin

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BS Psychology; BS Biology (Chemistry minor)

I would like to thank my friends and family for their support through this journey. UNM will be missed but I’ll always be a lobo!

Julia Ragas Oliver

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BA Psychology (Family & Child Studies minor)
I would like to thank my family and friends for all of the support I’ve received these last four years. I couldn’t have done it without their encouragement!

Taylor Paglia

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BA Psychology; BA Criminology

Thank you to all of my friends and family that have supported me through this journey. I couldn't have done any of it without you all! You gave me the strength and motivation I needed during the low times when I wanted to give up. And most importantly, you pushed me to stay true to myself.
"You make your mark by being true to who you are and letting that be your staple"  -Kat Graham

Kenda Lee Piña

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BS Psychology
Thank you to my family for all the support and love, I couldn’t have done it without you guys. I love you all always. 

Joslyn Yvette Quintana

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BA Psychology; BA Criminology

" I stand at the finish line with trophy in hand today, in awe. 

The sleepless nights, tears, frustration, and doubt I sometimes suffered on this journey are worth every memory, triumph, friendship, and most importantly - pride gained from a badge of honor that can never be taken. 

This journey, finally completed, symbolizes generational curses disbanded & internal myth demolished. 

This paper, so much more than a paper - is Hope. Health. Freedom. "

Ella Joy Rappaport

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BS Psychology; BA Chemistry
To my parents – thank you for being my very first teachers, for appreciating everything I have to offer, and most importantly for putting up with me these past few months of quarantine. To my friends – thank you for being a second family to me, for sharing in all of my ups and downs, for making me laugh, and for keeping me sane. And of course, shoutout to my dog for always being a pal.

Lydia Raymond

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BA Psychology; BA Music

I am incredibly grateful for everyone who has stood beside me throughout the past four years. Thank you to my family and friends who have supported me and pushed me to be the best person I can be. Thank you to my fabulous professors! You have never ceased to believe in me and inspire me with your passion! Thank you to Dr. Bruce Smith for your encouragement and the wonderful opportunities you have given me!

Nicole Reyna

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BA Psychology; BA Philosophy
A huge thank you to my partner, family and friends who supported me through college! 

Samantha Kathryn Ricci

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BA Psychology

Thank you to my parents for their love and encouragement in sending me off to college many miles away.  Also, a special thanks to Janie and Bob, for taking me in and believing in me.

Jaclyn Rivera

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BA Psychology (Communication & Journalism minor)
I would like to thank my family, my daughter and my boyfriend for supporting and encouraging me to finish my degree. It wasn't an easy road and I wanted to give up many times but you guys pushed me everytime. If it wasn't for the support and love I wouldn't be where I am today. Thank you helping me achieve and finish my dream!

Savannah Alexine Rivera

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BS Psychology (Anthropology minor)
I want to say thank you to all my friends and family for the constant love and support shown to me throughout this journey. I especially want to thank my mama for being a wonderful role model and my BIGGEST fan- you’re the best! Also, a huge thank you to my Zachery for pushing me to realize my full potential and always uplifting me. I couldn’t have done this without you! Love you all!

Nayely Robles

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BA Psychology-BAC Concentration; BA Spanish
¡Aveces dudé, aveces lloré, pero nunca me rajé! Thank you to my family for the unconditional love and support. Por ustedes y para ustedes!

Emma Francesca Gagan Rogers

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BA Psychology (English & Art History minors)
To every educator who ever inspired me, with a special thank you to Dr. Allen Butt – the man and researcher who taught me not only how to be a successful academic, but ignited my love for neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Other thanks to Mr. Dotts, Mr. Eadie, Mr. Buckley, Matthew Hofer, Dr. Susanne Anderson-Riedel, Dr. Kevin Mulhearn, Dr. Darin Brown, & Dr. Kristina Ciesielski.

Anastacia Grace De W Romero

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BS Psychology-BAC Concentration (Biology & Criminology minors)
I want to thank Dr Steven P Verney, Dr Lynette Abrams-Silva, and Marni Goldberg for their boundless support of my academic career. I would not have made it this far without my wonderful husband Craig, my son Arsen, and my parents Gretel & Jake. Much love to you all, and I hope to make you proud in the next chapter of my life.

Vannessa M. Ruelas

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BA Psychology
I have worked hard to get my degree and I must give thanks to a couple professors of mine that I had throughout my time in school. Mostly I would like to say thank you to the family that stuck by myside and helped me make it here. Covid-19 did not stop us, WE DID IT!!!! Congratulations class of 2020!!!

Anniela Eliora Sanchez

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BA Psychology (Philosophy minor)
Thank you so much to everyone in my family, my amazing friends, and all the wonderful professors and university staff who supported me and helped make my time at UNM so meaningful. I could not have done it without you all. You have helped me become the strong, independent young woman I am today, and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you for believing in me even when I did not believe in myself.

Elianna Aldora Sanchez

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BA Psychology; BA Criminology
I’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who supported me through this exhilarating UNM journey. Special appreciation goes out to my family who always helped me back on my feet when the turbulence of each semester started to kick in. Many thanks to my professors for guiding me through a path of knowledge, devotion, and intellectuality. I have grown into a strong and encouraged individual, and I won’t stop here!

Jade M. Smith

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BA Psychology

I would like to thank all of my friends & family for helping me throughout my four years at The University of New Mexico. I have achieved so much, including being a part of three Honor Societies. These include The Phi Eta Sigma National Society, The National Society of Leadership & Success, & The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I am so grateful to be a part of those communities & to now be a graduate of UNM!

Nathan Smith

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BA Psychology; BA Sociology, Pre-Law

Started higher education circa ‘96. Paused that to sail the 7 seas punching holes in the ocean as a Submarine Mechanic Jack of all Trades Master of none. At 43 this commencement proves this Sea Dog ain’t too old to learn new tricks. Thank you to my Father and Mother for your relentless support. RIP My loving mother Teri (05/05/55- 03/05/20)

Kayla Naomi Steward

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BS Psychology
I would like to thank all my family and friends for the unconditional love, prayers and support! God has blessed me tremendously and I am very excited for what the future holds!

Adrianna Suazo

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BA Psychology
I’d like to thank my friends and family for the constant understanding, & encouragement. Specifically, my parents, Sharon & Arnold for all the love, support, & inspiration through it all.  I would also like to thank the staff in the psychology dept. for all the help given during my time at UNM. To all who helped along the way I am extremely grateful, I wouldn’t have gotten to today without such a good support system.

Kylie C. Talamante

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BA Psychology; BA Criminology
I am proud to have earned my degree from UNM as a first-generation student. This could not have been possible without the work of God in my life and the constant support from my family and friends. I am forever grateful to those in my life who have been there for me along the way. Now on to earning my PhD!

Natalia Tchiloyans

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BS Psychology (Chemistry minor)
Thank you, Mama and Papa, I couldn’t be where I am today without you. You have supported, loved, and helped me to realize my dreams. I love you both so much. I’d also like to thank my fiancé, Jonathan, for being my rock and supporter on this crazy ride we call college. You made me laugh when I was stressed and pushed me to follow my dreams. I love you all. Onto the next! 

Vannassa Kathrine-Ann Thompson

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BA Psychology-BAC Concentration (Sociology minor)
I want to thank my family and friends for their support through all the craziness that came with school and having a job. With little time and missing out on important things over the years, I still got full support. Thank you for making me laugh when I was with you, helping me review my papers, or giving me ideas for homework. It meant the world to me that I had your support and love.

Ian Thulin

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BS Psychology

I would like to thank my parents for fostering my desire to understand the world around me. I would like to thank my sister for reminding me to enjoy the small things that are easily passed by. And I would like to thank my brother for accompanying me on the many wild journeys of my imagination. Without you none of this would have been possible.

Jesus Alberto Verduzco

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BA Psychology (Chicano Studies minor)
I want to thank everyone who has helped & supported me throughout this journey. A special thank you to my Mom & Dad for all your sacrifices! 
-Mark 9:23