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June 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Class of 2024

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Graduation Recognition Ceremony

June 16, 2024
Wishing You Success in the Future

Welcoming Remarks & Departmental Address

Jennifer Holt             Department Chair

Student Address

Shane Rockenstein Carlson

Shane Rockenstein Carlson

Presentation of Awards:

The Alexander Sesonske Prize: Presented by Professor Laila Shereen Sakr

Recognizes writing and research capacity for student essays about film, television, and digital history, theory and criticism. The award is named after one of the founders of our department.

First Place: 

Louise Bill, “Low, Middle and High: The Historical Critical Reception of Val Lewton’s Horror Films”

Second Place: 

Brooke Westphal, “Erotic Electricity: An Analysis of Early Electricity and its Impacts on Sexuality in American Society in the late 1800s”



The Paul N. and Elinor T. Lazarus Scholarship: Presented by Professor James McNamara

Fosters the development of a student’s focus on writing for the screen. Award was established in memory of Paul Lazarus who taught screenwriting at UCSB for over 20 years. Many of his former students have gone on to write, produce, and direct major Hollywood films and television shows. It is open to Film and Media majors in their junior year. The scholarship recipient spends their senior year working in connection with an instructor to develop a new film or television screenplay.

2023 Recipient
Katie Jordan

2024 Recipient
Leah Grossmann


The Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Awards: Presented by Professor Anna Brusutti

For the last 40 years, the Corwin Family and the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation have generously funded this award recognizing the creative talent of UCSB students in screenwriting and production.

Short Screenplay:

Sanskari by Neha Sinha

Feature Screenplay:

Aperture by Sean McCoy

Short Film:

841 by Rachel Burnett


Corwin award


David F. Siegel Award: Presented by Michael Siegel

Recognizes the memory of one of our alumni who lost his battle with Leukemia just a month prior to graduation. As a student, David made every effort to put energy into his classes while he was healthy. His determination in the face of his illness has inspired this award and it recognizes graduating seniors in the Film and Media department who have shown “exceptional drive, tenacity, and courage in the face of adversity.”
Moth Strelow
Moth Strelow



The Spirit Award: Presented by Professor Alenda Chang

Recognizes a student who embodies the dynamic spirit essential to the collaborative environment of the department; their enthusiasm, generosity, and initiative while working for the department, the Pollock Theater, and department student clubs.

Cameron Douglas     Chris Hartounias     Katie Jordan     Billy Ortiz-Mazariegos     Justin Perez     Shane Rockenstein Carlson     Brooke Westphal

Spirit Awards 2024


Distinction in Critical Studies: Presented by Professor Greg Siegel

Recognizes a student’s achievement in critical thinking, analysis, and writing.

Maddie Adatto       Madison Dunkle           Samantha Fernandez            Renee Ventresca

Critical Studies 2024


Distinction in in the Major: Presented by Professor Peter Bloom

Given to a student completing a substantial two-quarter research project.

Chris Hartounias             Katie Jordan

Distinction in the Major 2024


Outstanding Graduating Seniors: Presented by Professor Lisa Parks

Recognizes student’s overall academic achievements across critical studies and production as well as their contributions to the life of the department. We acknowledge students who are active, prepared, versatile, and involved in at least one other activity outside the classroom.

Maleah Bolusan          Rachel Burnett          Cameron Douglas          Kiera Feighan-Patriz          Irene Fine          Wenya Froling Titzler
Kenzie Goan          Chris Hartounias          Katie Jordan          Logan Null          Juan Rivera Garnica           Shane Rockenstein Carlson          
Houston Sasselli           Sylvia Vargas          Tilden Wooley



Class of 2023: presented by Ross Melnick, Alenda Chang, Constance Penley, and Jennifer Holt


Graduation Candidates

2022-2023 Film & Media Studies Seniors

Al Nicardo Adderly     Brandon Nicholas Anders     Mckenzie Mae Anderson     Brandon Andrion     Kayla Gonzales Arcilla     Jason Avilez     William A Baldwin     Robin Hill Baptista     Javier A Barajas     John Paul Barajas     Zayden Mcneill Bates     Kate Elizabeth Bellantoni     Brady Lee Berryhill     Min Khant Bo     Clay James Boghossian     Matthew Torres Brennan     Nick T Burbridge     Charlie Bursch     Johnny Francis Caldwell     Quinn Allegra Cantarutti     Gloria Marie Capulong     Katherine Anne Caracciolo     Jacob Antone Carmen     Ariel Chang     Douglas Chen     Linqin Chen     Natalie Rose Cheyette     Johan Choi     Sofia Ivy Ciraulo     Brandon Cobian     Troy Larnell Cochrane     Tristin Stone Csulak     Jack Christopher Cullinane     Halle Cameron Davis     Jaynar De La Cruz Ochoa     Boris Aaron De La Torre     Dylan Buckley Delaney     Dieyla Diop     Aayush Dixit     Nolan Michael Doherty     Dj Jeffrey Duncan     Lucy Verlaine Elser     Roy A Ernster     Daphne Marie Escajeda     Rowan Olivia Esquer     Gillian Lynn Flath     Emily Anne Flohr     Alejandro Ivan Flores     Hannah Jo Flynn     Miles Lee Forrest     Leo Giovanni Garcia     Alisha Gaur     Anastasia Gerber     Zhiwei Guo     Xavier Francisco Guzman     Dean Russell Handy     Amy Hansa     Garret Robert Harcourt     Roark Harris     Mark Harrison     Jacob Matthew Hathcock     Noah Freeman Hecht     Trey Edward Henry     Eleanor Jeanette Hense     David Jeremiah Heras     Destiny Rene Hernandez     Sofia Aria Meliana Higgins     Trevor Shaun Hilton     Athan Joon-Ghee Hong     Yerin Hong     Malakai Isaacs     Emma Rose Isroelit     Sejin Jeon     Jade Isabella Jess     Sidney Jiang     Wen Jin     Mckenna Cecilia Lynn Johnson     Lynn Kan     Arseniy Sam Khanamirian     Jonathan Sunghwan Kim     Crystal Kodsuntie     Kim Kwok     Angie Cassandra Laird     Joie Lauryn Lariviere     Olivia Miller Lazarus     Isabella Leary     Hee-Gun Lee     Kelvin Lee     Amanda Jean Lennon     Julia Ann Leonardi     Maile Azevedo Levy     Chen Li     Zion River Light     Jacques Lin     Liliana Linan     Theo Sawyer Lindquist     Kanghong Liu     Ellie Grace Lloyd     Ily Nicholette Logeais     Janneth Irlanda Lopez     Joseph Isiah Lopez     Sol Armendariz Lopez     Yvonne Lu     Elizabeth Maria Luna     Carenina Ceralde Magsano     Sawhard Maharjan     Stephanie Marin     Jake Franklin Marone     Crystal Martinez     Lesly Maria Martinez     Jon Douglas Matarangas     Wendy Matias     Fernando Kalon Mau Mao     Kevin Brian Mclarty     Mairin Justine Mcnerney     Kassie Ann Mei     Karla Judith Mercado     Suraj Mididaddi     Celeste Serena Moore Malnar     Ariadna Morales     Christine Nguyen     Kassandra Ni     Rowan Lisa-Jane Oliphant     Claudia Orta-Pina     Kim Ann Page     Jordan Walter Parrish     Nik Pasamba     Jeff James Peepgrass     Natalie Perez     Brie Noelle Peterson     William Bradley Peterson     Kymmie Ngoc Phan     Gia Anne Polizzi     Aileen Marianna Pulchny     Si Qin     Thalia Angel Rakosky     Miles J Ramsdell-Ray     Sissi Yamileth Rivas     Angel Robles     Diana Romero     Joey Leonard Sable     Defne Saglam     Kameron Matthew Salazar     Abe Alexander Sanchez     Daniel Sanchez     Brianna Cecilia Saranchock     Ellen Mae Schnoor     Maehyma Sekhon     Olivia Shields     Mya Claire Simmons     Kalen Adil Sinder     Ayala Michelle Slavis     Jackson Scott Smith     Randy Laurence Smith     Ethan Scott Stauber     Garrett Alexander Straschnov     Tommy John Swenumson     Eric Zihan Tang     Ernest Tarzimanov     Dane Christian Taylor     Eric Rodrigo Terrazas Aguilar     Ameena Constance Thune     Michelle Kha Ai Tiet     Marcellus Earl Tipton     Megan Kristen Tomczak     Brandon Tran     Marlen Evelin Valencia     Owen Murphy Vandevelde     Alejandro Vargas     Crow Vasquez     Sam Michelle Velasquez     Hugo Velazquez Perez     Cameron James Vincent     Lotus Vu     Josh Alan Waldear     Philip Wang     Chelsea Sue Williams     Daijah Myia Williams     Deni True Wilson     Robyn-Elizabeth T. Yan     Zhenan Yan     Shannon Nicole Yates     Vanessa Hope Yeazel     Andy David Yi     Clara Rachel Zeboulon     Andrea Zhang     Jady Zhang     Vik Zhou


Photos from the Graduation Ceremony



June 16
11:00 am - 12:30 pm