Hey UIC!

Another school year has come and gone, it is great to see friends and family members achieve a milestone in their lives.

My family was fortunate to have our second graduate, my sister graduated from Northeastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 5, 2012. It has been long overdue but she has had two great reasons to defer her graduation. Everyone in the family is very proud of her and we are extremely proud of all of her accomplishments.


Along with my family members graduating, a lot of my extended SHPE Familia graduated on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. My good friend Qetsiy’ah and my advisor Lizbeth Barajas graduated on Thursday from the College of Education.

Photo courtesy of Lizbeth Barajas

The College of Engineering graduated on Saturday at 2:00 PM, it was a lot smaller than the other three graduations I attended this year. I was so happy to see my friends some of whom I started my undergraduate degree with graduate. In total about twelve SHPE Familia Members (Jorge, Jose, Carlos, Cristina, Alberto, Dennis, Elizabeth, Gamaliel, Abel, Ricardo, Rafael, and Camilo) graduated on Saturday.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduated on Sunday morning. It was a big graduation I was surprised to see the graduation end on time. Three of my close friends graduated from this college (Lauren, Lourdes, and Hasalia)

A great sense of pride and anticipation has come over me. I cannot wait until I walk down the stage for my undergraduate degree and then for my subsequent degree(s).



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About Leticia Diaz, Chemistry

Hello UIC-Familia! I am a 5th Year Senior Majoring in Chemistry. I am graduating in May 2012, and plan to come back to UIC to receive a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering. I grew up in “La Villita” in South Lawndale. I have two AMAZING parents, three exemplary siblings, and three precious nephews. I am a CHANCE Ambassador; I mentor and assist students that are in majors similar to mine and ultimately help them go through some of the same struggles that I have gone through. I am a proud board member of SHPE-UIC, a national organization that promotes the advancement of Latinos through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Awareness. Our UIC chapter is recognized as being the Most Valuable Large Chapter in the Nation.

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4 Responses to Commencement

  1. Nancy Diaz says:

    thanks for sharing the picture Letty, I am very proud of you too!

  2. Qetsiy'ah says:

    I will be the first to leave a comment! =D

    You are awesome! Nice work on you blog and everything else that you do. Mwah!


  3. SarahHobson says:

    very impressive for a mum of two to graduate, well done to her.