News of local college graduates• Benjamin Taran of Portola Valley graduated from Clark University with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and Asian studies on May 22. Clark University is in Worcester, Massachusetts.
• Christina Tobacco of Portola Valley graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies, according to Peggy Schmidt, mother of the graduate. Ms. Tobacco, who graduated from Woodside Priory in 2007, was awarded the 2011 Marc McGinnes Law and Advocacy Award, a 2010-2011 Environmental Studies Program Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, and a Distinction in the Major Award. Ms. Tobacco did environmental studies abroad at the University of Capetown in South Africa and through Wildlands Study in Chile. She also interned at the Environmental Defense Center, a nonprofit law firm, in Santa Barbara in the fall of 2010.
• Jaimie Lowe, daughter of David and Dr. Ann Lowe of Menlo Park, graduated June 5 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, with a bachelor of music degree. She majored in voice performance.
• Justin Happ, son of Jeffrey and Shririn Happ of Redwood City, has graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts degree in government studies. The university's commencement ceremony was held June 5.