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UCR Holds Commencement Ceremonies


UC Riverside Holds Seven Commencement Ceremonies

Keynote speakers include leaders from education, the media, business and engineering.

(June 4, 2010)

Tavis Smiley will speak at the 8 a.m. June 12 commencement ceremony.Enlarge

Tavis Smiley will speak at the 8 a.m. June 12 commencement ceremony.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Noted broadcaster, author and philanthropist Tavis Smiley will be the keynote speaker for one of the seven UC Riverside commencement ceremonies that will be held June 11 though 14 on Pierce Hall lawn, near the campus bell tower.

Smiley, who is best known for tackling issues of race, diversity and ethnicity on his Public Radio International (PRI) program “The Tavis Smiley Show” and PBS television show “Tavis Smiley,” will speak at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 12, to master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates from the departments of psychology, sociology, religious studies and women's studies within the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

He also founded the Tavis Smiley Foundation, which funds programs that develop young American leaders, and owns The Smiley Group, Inc.

More than 3,000 students will make their way across the stage to collect their diplomas during the four days of the 56th annual event. They will bring with them approximately 30,000 family members and friends, who will come to share the celebration.

Traffic in the area is expected to be heavy at times during the weekend, so campus officials are advising motorists not arriving for the ceremonies to use alternative routes. Parking on campus is free for each of the events. Commencement organizers said there will be no shuttle service from the lots to the ceremony so they suggest that guests who have difficulty waking bring a wheelchair.

The following items are not allowed on campus: alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, weapons of any kind including firearms and knives, and animals except for registered guide dogs. In addition, strollers, balloons and air horns will not be allowed into the venue.

The commencement schedule is:

Friday, June 11
• 6 p.m. School of Business Administration and the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, all M.B.A. and bachelor's degree candidates. Speaker: Chris Lam (’91), CEO, Pucci Foods

Saturday, June 12
• 8 a.m. College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, all doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of psychology, sociology, religious studies and women's studies. Speaker: Tavis Smiley, broadcaster, author and philanthropist.
• 6 p.m., College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, all doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of art, art history, comparative literature and foreign languages, creative writing, dance, English, ethnic studies, media and cultural studies, Hispanic studies, interdisciplinary programs and liberal studies, music and theatre. Speaker: Judy Sakaki, vice president for student affairs for the University of California.

Sunday, June 13
• 8 a.m. College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Division of Biomedical Sciences, all doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree candidates. Speaker: Lynda Resnick, co-chairman of the Roll International Corp and co-owner, along with her husband, Stewart, of Teleflora.
• 6 p.m. College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, all doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, political science. Speaker: Jack B. Clarke Jr. (’80), partner in the litigation department of the Riverside office of Best Best & Krieger LLP.

Monday, June 14
• 8 a.m., Graduate School of Education, all doctoral, master's and teacher credential candidates. Speaker: Jerome Hunter ('69), is a distinguished lecturer at California State University, Fullerton
• 6 p.m. Bourns College of Engineering, all doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree candidates. Speaker: Robert D. Brown, director of vehicle environmental engineering, Ford Motor Co.

For more information about the commencement ceremonies, visit commencement.ucr.edu.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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