Simone Nicole Temple

Bachelor of Arts

Women's and Gender Studies & English: Creative Writing


Summa Cum Laude
James L. Hagerty Award
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Award


San Jose, California

Award Bio

Simone Temple is graduating summa cum laude with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. This upcoming fall, she will be attending Divinity School at Vanderbilt University, where she will pursue a Master’s in Theological Studies with a concentration in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were

The English Department, the Women's and Gender Studies Department, the pro-staff and student staff at the Intercultural Center and my roommates.

My favorite SMC memory is

All the late night adventures to get food with my roommates, all the times we went to First Friday in Oakland, or went to see movies or eat dinner in Walnut Creek. Anything done with my roommates was always a good time.

I'm looking forward to most

Pursuing a Master's in Theological Studies with a concentration in Religion, Gender and Sexuality at Vanderbilt University this upcoming fall!
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pill of what you really love."
— Rumi