7:00 p.m. ceremony
Bridgette Walling, a Psychology major, grew up in San Jacinto, CA. Bridgette, a proud first generation college student, faced many adversities growing up. Bridgette wanted the honor of speaking to her fellow graduates to share that true bruins come from all different backgrounds, with different abilities and to show there is a place for us all. Bridgette spent a quarter interning in Washington, D.C. for a national non-for-profit, SurvJustice, where she advocated for victims rights through legislation and policy reform. For five years, Bridgette worked with survivors of sexual assault on campus through UCLA’s Bruin Consent Coalition. Bridgette had the pleasure of working for the Vice Chancellor’s office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as a Community Solidarity Coordinator with The Bruin Excellent & Transformation Grant Program (BEST) to foster social justice leadership on campus. Bridgette plans on attending law school where she will continue advocating and fighting for victims’ rights.