UC Santa Barbara’s Graduate Division has chosen Chris Chien as its student speaker for the 2023 Commencement. Chien will graduate from the Teacher Education Program with a multiple subject credential and M.Ed. He will begin teaching fifth grade this fall.

Chien received his B.A. in Geography from UC Santa Barbara in 2017 and began a career in cartography upon graduation. After four years in the mapping industry, Chien shifted career directions to pursue his childhood ambitions of becoming a teacher. Prior to entering TEP, he volunteered locally at Cleveland Elementary as a literacy tutor and at Paragon Academy as an assistant kids’ wrestling coach.

Chris Chien