Graduate profiles from the Class of 2021


Each year The University Record profiles selected prospective graduates who highlight the range of experiences and people who attend U-M. This year, two graduates will be profiled this week and two others will be profiled next week.

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Oceanography course started woman on environmental journey

When she entered U-M four years ago, Olivia Mathiesen knew she loved science but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do for a living. Today, Mathiesen is poised to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in earth and environmental sciences, the culmination of a college career that included a 4.0 GPA, an internship with the U.S. Geological Survey and important research on an under-studied bacterium found in harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

SMTD graduate who started We the PROUD eager for next steps

Alyxandra Ciale Charfauros, known as ciale, was in their junior year studying theater performance in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. While it was rewarding for the San Diego native to take part in classes and productions, ciale sought to connect with the arts on a more personal level. They co-founded We the People Representing Our Unifying Diversity, or We the PROUD, in late 2019.


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