2006 News Story

Saudi student to deliver UCLA commencement address

A political science major from Saudi Arabia has been chosen to deliver the student address at the June 16 commencement ceremony for the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the Saudi-US Relations Information Service reported yesterday.

An honors student, Manal Quota transferred to UCLA from Santa Monica College her junior year. She was especially active in community service and was awarded a Chancellor’s Service Award for her efforts, which included tutoring underprivileged children, organizing a two-day exploration of human trafficking for undergraduate students from universities across California, interning with Amnesty International and volunteering with UNICEF. Quota also served as a correspondent for Arab News last year.

Quota grew up in Jeddah, and her parents still live in Saudi Arabia. She also lived in Egypt, Bahrain and has traveled widely. She hopes to study international development of international affairs in graduate school with the goal of a career with a nongovernmental organization.