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Deanna Allbrittin and Sonia Phadke Addressed Fellow Graduates

May 15, 2013

Graduating seniors Deanna Allbrittin (at left in photo) and Sonia Phadke (at right) were the student speakers for the 2013 Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

Commencement took place Saturday, May 4, at Assembly Hall. Allbrittin spoke at the 10 a.m. ceremony, and Phadke addressed the 3 p.m. ceremony, continuing a tradition that resumed with the selection of student commencement speakers in 2010.

"Deanna and Sonia have made the most of their years at IU Bloomington with their sterling academic achievements, leadership activities, community service work and international study," said Sonya Stephens, vice provost for undergraduate education. "Each has a remarkable and inspiring story to tell. As commencement speakers, they were outstanding representatives of and spokeswomen for the Class of 2013."

Allbrittin, from Mason, Ohio, majored in journalism with a broadcast specialization in the IU School of Journalism. She had minors in political science, economics and Spanish.

An IU Founders Scholar and recipient this year of the university's Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Award, she was also active with student media throughout her time at Indiana University. She has been news director, reporter and producer for IU Student Television and a staff reporter for the Indiana Daily Student, and she has worked as an intern with WTIU-WFIU in Bloomington and WXIN-TV in Indianapolis.

She was one of six national winners of CBS News paid summer fellowships, resulting in a broadcasting internship with CBS News in New York in 2012. She has taken part in overseas study and student reporting and research trips to South Korea, Ghana, Chile and China.

Allbrittin volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, served on the Hutton Honors College Advisory Council and represented the university as a School of Journalism ambassador and a multicultural outreach recruitment educator.

Phadke, from Valparaiso, Ind., majored in biology with a minor in chemistry and earned a certificate from the Liberal Arts and Management Program. She was a Herman B Wells Scholar and a student in the Hutton Honors College.

She founded the Mukund Phadke One More Heartbeat Foundation, which has organized 5-kilometer walks and raised money to purchase life-saving automated external defibrillators for places of worship. It honors the memory of her father, who died when she was a senior in high school.

At IU, Phadke was communications director with Global Medical Brigades; was a partner and event coordinator with the Virtu Project, a Liberal Arts and Management Program mock investment portfolio that raised money for Indianapolis-based charity Timmy Global Health; and a member and philanthropic chair of the LAMP advisory board.

She studied abroad in Italy and Australia and took part in a community service trip to Honduras.

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