Sociology Commencement 2019

The 2019 Sociology Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 8:45 a.m. in Zellerbach Auditorium. The ceremony will last about 2 hours and will be followed by a reception in Lower Sproul, where light refreshments will be served. Due to seating capacity restrictions, guest admission to the ceremony and reception is by invitation only, and all guests will need a ticket to enter Zellerbach. Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019 & Fall 2019 graduates are welcome to participate.

Keynote speaker:Siobhan Waldron

Siobhan Waldron is a national immigration law expert and managing attorney of Centro Legal de la Raza's Detention Project, which provides representation to individuals in immigration detention who are facing deportation. Siobhan specializes in serving as appointed counsel under Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder for detained individuals in removal proceedings who are found incompetent to represent themselves due to severe and persistent mental health issues.  


Prior to joining Centro’s Immigration team, Siobhan worked at the Immigration Center for Women and Children in Los Angeles, where she primarily served as appointed counsel under Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder. Previously, Siobhan handled U Visa, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), I-751 Battered Spouse Waivers, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases, and legal matters related to those cases.


Siobhan received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she specialized in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies Program. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Legal Studies and Spanish, with a concentration in Hispanic Languages and Bilingual Issues. As a student, Siobhan volunteered with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking individuals seeking asylum. She also worked in solidarity with isolated rural villages in El Salvador with the Oakland-based non-profit organization the Central American Refugee Committee (CRECE).



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