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Commencement Ceremonies Begin Friday

UC Riverside Announces 51st Commencement Ceremonies

Speakers include leaders in business, academics, medicine, the environmental movement and the arts

(June 7, 2005)

Erin Small celebrates at last year's commencement ceremony (photo by Carlos Puma)Enlarge

Erin Small celebrates at last year's commencement ceremony (photo by Carlos Puma)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The University of California, Riverside will hold its 51st annual commencement ceremonies outdoors by the carillon tower on the weekend of Friday, June 10, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12.

More than 3,800 students are eligible to participate in one of the five ceremonies, all held either in the morning or evening to take advantage of cooler local temperatures.

Speakers this year include M.R.C. Greenwood, a University of California provost and senior vice president; UCR alumnus Byron Pollitt, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gap Inc.; environmental activist Laurie David; UCR alumnus and author Rigoberto González; and Dr. Thomas F. Godfrey from the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

Traffic is likely to be heavy on and near campus, as an estimated 35,000 people make their way to and from UCR on this busy weekend. Traffic control personnel will be available to direct thousands of motorists in a safe and timely manner.

“This is a great achievement for these students and their families and UC Riverside is proud to host the 2005 commencement celebrations,” said Kyle Hoffman, assistant vice chancellor of alumni and constituent relations. “The people who are working at the ceremonies are UCR’s own staff, faculty and alumni, pitching in to make sure it all goes well.”

Commencement Ceremonies are as follows:

Graduate Division and Teacher Education Program
7 p.m. Friday, June 10,

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences I (business administration)
8 a.m. Saturday, June 11

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences II
6 p.m. Saturday, June 11

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences III
8 a.m. Sunday, June 12

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering
6 p.m. Sunday, June 12

For complete Commencement information, including specific instructions to students, faculty and guests, please visit
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The University of California, Riverside ( 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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