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54th Commencement June 13-16

Six Ceremonies Planned for 54th UCR Commencement

Approximately 4,100 students are eligible to participate in ceremonies June 13, 14, 15 and 16

(June 6, 2008)

Excited graduates participate in a previous ceremony.Enlarge

Excited graduates participate in a previous ceremony.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a former White House official and an internationally known mediator are among the speakers scheduled to participate in UC Riverside’s 54th Commencement ceremonies June 13, 14, 15 and 16.

A total of 3,365 students out of 4,107 eligible students are expected to participate in six ceremonies that will be held on Pierce Lawn, near the Bell Tower at the center of the campus.

Schedule of ceremonies:

Friday, June 13, 7 p.m. — College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Business Administration. Kirk Wright, chief executive officer of The Garret Group LLC, will be the keynote speaker. The student speaker will be Armand Lebrilla, a business administration major who served an internship with Morgan Stanley and intends to pursue a career in wealth management and advising.

Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. — Bourns College of Engineering, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Pedram Salimpour (UCR B.S. biology, 1990). He is president of Plymouth Health, a physician-owned company formed to acquire and manage Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego, and president of CareNex Services, which provides services and technology to hospitals that care for infants and complex medical needs. The student speaker is Lindsay Yee, an environmental engineering major and honor student who will pursue a Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in fall 2008. She has been named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Saturday, June 14, 6 p.m. — College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Cogswell, UCR professor of history and chair of the UCR Academic Senate. The student speaker is Julieta Stepanyan, a psychology/law and society major and honor student who was born in Armenia. She plans to attend law school at UCLA.

Sunday, June 15, 8 a.m. — College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: 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. The keynote speaker will be Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the former president of Time Warner International and AOL International. The student speaker is Amanda Kaye Moreno, an English major and honor student who has been admitted into UCR’s doctoral program in English for fall 2008.

Sunday, June 15, 6 p.m. — College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy and Political Science. The keynote speaker is Forrest S. Mosten (UCR B.A., 1969), an internationally known mediator and collaborative attorney. The student speaker is Charles Michael Alamo, a political science major and honor student who has been drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy professional soccer team.

Monday, June 16, 7 p.m. — Graduate Division and Teacher Education Program. Steven V.W. Beckwith, vice president for research and graduate studies of the University of California, will be the keynote speaker. The student speaker will be Patrick Guggino, a Ph.D. candidate in education who teaches English at Charter Oak High School in Covina. His current research examines the impacts of the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Tickets are required for admission to each ceremony, with graduates receiving a particular number of tickets for family members. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visitors may park free in any lot on campus.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on a large screen inside an air-conditioned location for people who are sensitive to heat and sun. No tickets are required for this location.

Campus commencement traditions also include awards ceremonies and student-organized cultural events. For instance, on Sunday, June 8, the African Student Programs office will host a special ceremony with family and friends of graduates. On Friday, June 13, the Chicano Student Programs office will host an event for graduating seniors and their families.
A scene from the 2007

A scene from the 2007 "Black Graduation" at the Student Recreation Center

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