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Celebrating Our 2021 Graduates

Collage of 2021 graduates

They worked hard and they prevailed. Meet several outstanding spring 2021 graduates who overcame a number of challenges to achieve their dreams. Read on to learn how these newly minted alums made the most out of their undergraduate experiences—and how they plan to make the world a better, more equitable place.

Karla Aguilar

Plan II Honors/Accounting senior and First-Gen Longhorn Karla Aguilar makes the most out of her undergraduate experience by traveling the world—from China to Spain to Mexico.

Jalesha Bass

Communication & Leadership senior and Heman Sweatt Student Legacy Award winner Jalesha Bass launches a nonprofit to bring young social justice advocates into the mainstream.

Nikita Belathur

Finance/Asian American Studies senior Nikita Belathur finds her passion for teaching and helping others while working with student interns in the Multicultural Engagement Center.

Justin Eng

McCombs School of Business graduate student (Marketing ’21) Justin Eng is getting ready to hit the ground running at one of America’s biggest advertising agencies in America.

Kathy Estrella

Sociology senior spent much of her time on campus mentoring and supporting fellow students within the First-Gen Longhorns program and Project MALES.

Caroline Graves

Government/Public Relations senior Caroline Graves prepares to say goodbye to UT Austin and hello to Google in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she will be working as a support strategist.

Marissa Martinez

Corporate Communication senior and First-Gen Longhorn Marissa Martinez is now ready to embark on her career as a marketing specialist at Oracle—an accomplishment that reflects her years of hard work and growth at UT Austin.

Brianna McBride

Communication & Leadership/Government senior and Heman Sweatt Student Legacy Award winner Brianna McBride played a key role in making the Black President’s Leadership Council a united voice for the Black community.

Alcess Nonot

Human Development & Family Sciences/Biology senior Alcess Nonot prepares to follow her father’s footsteps and pursue a rewarding career in medicine.