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Commencement 2006 This Weekend

UC Riverside Holds 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremonies

More than 3,200 students scheduled to graduate in 4 ceremonies.

(June 13, 2006)

RIVERSIDE,Calif. -- ( Sean Kaloostian, an honors student with a triple major in psychology, biology and sociology, will be among the more than 3,200 students eligible to participate in UC Riverside’s 52nd annual Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18.

Sean, who is the recipient of a UCR Alumni Association Commencement Award, is entering medical school next fall and plans to become a doctor like his older brother and sister who also graduated from UC Riverside.

He is also one of the student speakers participating in the four commencement ceremonies that will be held this year at the UC Riverside Track Stadium. But Sean is just one of the many exceptional students graduating from UC Riverside this year.

Yanet Parra is the daughter of a farm worker from California’s Central Valley. She is a Spanish literature major who is the winner of the Tomas Rivera Award given each year for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to public service.

Yanet works with Mujeres Unidas, a community service organization. As a member of that organization she has worked as a mentor to English as a Second Language (ESL) students at a Rubidoux High School and as a translator for school and community events. Her goal is to get a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and become a college professor.

Amy Abbot is also an honors student. She was an Army photographer in Iraq before coming to UC Riverside. She is an art major whose senior project was to photograph children in foster care to help promote their adoption. A member of the Air Force Reserves, Amy plans to work in photo journalism and public relations after graduation.

“We are so proud of the students graduating this year,” says Kyle Hoffman, assistant vice chancellor of alumni and constituent relations. “We truly have some of the best and the brightest at UC Riverside.”

The speakers at this year’s ceremonies are Charles F. Gay, vice president and general manager of Clean Energy Group; UCR alumnus and physician, Dr. Edwin “Ravi” Alexander (’90 B.S.); UCR alumnus Jerome Hunter, (’69 B.A.), chancellor, North Orange County Community College District; and Sam Maloof, renowned American furniture designer.

With more than 35,000 people expected on campus for ceremonies this weekend, traffic will be heavy. Parking lot #30, off Martin Luther King Boulevard and Canyon Crest Drive, will be the primary parking lot for the event. Those attending the ceremonies should arrive an hour early and allow an extra 15 to 20 minutes to walk to the stadium. There will be no shuttle service available from that location. Visitors should bring water, sunscreen and hats as a precaution.

Elderly or disabled visitors will be directed to parking lot #26 at the Sports Complex at Rustin Avenue and Blaine Street where shuttle buses will transport them to Lot # 25 at the stadium.

To help put on this large event the university has recruited hundreds of volunteers.

“The people who are working at the ceremonies are UCR’s own staff, faculty and alumni, pitching in to make sure all goes well,” Hoffman said. “We are fortunate to have such a tight-knit community.

The 2006 ceremonies are as follows:

  • Graduate Division and Teacher Education, 8 a.m. Saturday, June 17

  • College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17

  • College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences — Group I, 8 a.m. Sunday, June 18

  • College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences — Group II, 6 p.m. Sunday, June 18


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