Even at a young age, Kate Rubins’ passion for science gave her a drive and focus beyond her years, one that led her to UC San Diego before her trajectory would leave this planet.

From city council to the admiral’s seat, from genetic ingenuity to inventing the Dothraki language—and not to mention winning the Nobel Prize—this year’s alumni honorees are truly cause for celebration.

Cyndi Jones, Revelle ’74, became a disability rights activist at the age of six. Since then, she’s published the voice of a population and inspired change from the White House to the Wheaties box.