Two outstanding 2020 graduates to wear CHSS college hood

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Group of graduates at 2019 Commencement

Graduates at 2019 Commencement

In a longstanding tradition, each of the University’s six academic colleges selects two students — one undergraduate and one graduate — for the honor of representing their classmates during the ceremony by wearing their college’s academic hood. Two College of Health & Social Sciences graduates will wear the college hood during SF State’s 119th Commencement ceremony (to be held virtually) on Thursday, June 18, representing their more than 7,700 peers in SF State’s Class of 2020. 

CHSS Undergraduate Hood

Anne Marie Tran (B.A., Urban Studies & Planning, ’20)

Anne Marie TranAnne Marie Tran traces her passion for health policy back to her work as a 17-year-old at a nonprofit supporting people with special needs. The experience gave her a glimpse at how the bigger picture of policy decisions shape public health. “I saw the difference that I could make on a larger scale and a broader sense, more institutionally and systemically,” she explained.

After transferring to SF State, Tran received the College of Health & Social Sciences’ Professor Morris R. Lewenstein Scholarship and the prestigious Willie Brown Jr. Fellowship. She also served as a teaching assistant in an urban studies data analysis course and earlier this year began an internship with the National Park Service.

Tran will graduate with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning and in the fall will begin her master’s in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on Environmental Health Sciences. “I want to work towards being a part of the next generation of public health leaders,” she said.

CHSS Graduate Hood

Daniel Hong Chin (M.S., Kinesiology, ’20)

Daniel Hong ChinDaniel Hong Chin enlisted in the Air Force in 2003, then after 11 years in the military set out on a new path through higher education. Chin entered San Francisco State with an interest in physical therapy but ultimately realized he was more interested in influencing policies that could help improve peoples’ exercise habits on a broader scale. That led him to pursue research on fitness, informed by his time in the military. “I saw the impact of physical activity and how important it is to physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health,” he said.

For his thesis, Chin studied the link between how veterans see their military identity and their exercise and eating habits. Next he plans to pursue a career in physical therapy or research, focusing on increasing physical activity levels in underserved populations to reduce health disparities and chronic disease risk.

Read about the other students who will be wearing their colleges’ hoods in SF State News.