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Greetings UCLA parents and families:

Summer is right around the corner! The end of this year is met with a mixture of emotions, sadness, relief and excitement as many of you prepare with your student for the coming months. Seniors are gearing up for graduation, underclassmen are making their summer plans, and UCLA departments are getting ready to welcome and orient a new class of Bruins to the campus! This year we had parent and family volunteers everywhere; our Parents’ Council members and Parent & Family Association Volunteers participated in over 100 different UCLA events both on and off-campus. Applications have opened for the 2014-15 Parents’ Council and we invite you to check out the many ways to get involved!

Spring quarter was bustling with activities. UCLA had a number of incredible speakers on campus including Steve McQueen and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The student-lead Pediatric Aids Coalition put on their 13th annual Dance Marathon fundraiser bringing on over $445,000 in donations to benefit HIV-affected children around the world, and Bruin Day  brought over 14,000 prospective students and family members on to the campus to explore the many wonderful academic resources, student support services at UCLA. On Friday, May 16th, UCLA kicked off its Centennial Campaign with Thank UCLA Day to celebrate UCLA and the Bruin spirit of philanthropy and ended the evening with UCLA’s oldest musical tradition Spring Sing.

In this issue of the Bruinlink our contributors have addressed things for you and your student to consider as you enter the summer months.  For families of graduating students, the Countdown to Commencement  article highlights frequently asked questions and how to prepare for the celebratory weekend.  UCLA Career Counselor, Sheila Benko provides an outline of resources available to your student at the Career Center and includes things for you and your student to think about to assist with career development. Sergio Broderick-Villa, Associate Director for Study Abroad, overviews the many benefits for your student if they choose to incorporate study abroad into their undergraduate experience. Finally, Scholarship Coordinator, Alex Ramirez provides tips for seeking and securing scholarships to offset the cost of attending college.

As always, we greatly appreciate your feedback on the Bruinlink and highly encourage you to email us at mybruinis@ucla.edu with any comments or suggestions you may have for future articles.

 

Sincerely,

Maisha Beasley, M.A.
Director          
Office of Parent & Family Programs 


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