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Congratulations, San Diego State University class of 2017!

These 3 graduates are some of the best & brightest
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Posted at 5:27 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-13 16:47:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--Congratulations, class of 2017! 

It's graduation weekend for San Diego State University Aztecs. All San Diegans can expect pomp, circumstance, and lots of traffic. 10News has helpful tips to get you through this busy time. 

We'd like to introduce you to some of the exceptional students who are headed out on successful new paths of discovery. 

Among SDSU's notable graduates is Courtney Dickson, 21, who is earning degrees in political science and international security and conflict resolution. Dickson studied abroad in Amsterdam and served in leadership roles for nine campus organizations. She will work as an intern for the U.S. State Department before attending law school in Washington, D.C.

This weekend's graduation ceremony is seven years in the making for Anachristina Morino, 23. She chose to study aerospace engineering when she was 16 years old. Morino will be awarded her B.S. in aerospace engineering with a minor in business management. Morino interned at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on the Mars 2020 Mission. After graduation, she will start a full-time position as an avionic systems integration and test engineer at JPL.

The College of Sciences valedictorian Grant Varnau credits early childhood experiences growing up in Oceanside with his dad fixing cars for his passion for science and engineering. Now, at the ripe old age of 23, Varnau finds himself the recipient of the prestigious Maximizing Access to Research Careers scholarship by the National Institute of Health as he heads to a Ph.D. program in chemical physics at the University of Arizona. This weekend, he'll gather with family and friends to celebrate his achievement of a B.S. in physics with a minor in honors interdisciplinary studies.