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Most 2004 Commencement Ceremonies to Remain Outdoors

Chancellor Córdova Announces Commencement Ceremony Schedule for June 12, 13

(February 27, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — University of California, Riverside Chancellor France A. Córdova announced today that 2004 Commencement ceremonies will be held both on the Commons lawn and inside the Student Recreation Center on the weekend of June 12 and 13.

Chancellor Córdova committed to holding the four largest ceremonies outdoors at the carillon tower again this year after meeting with students and reviewing the results of the student commencement survey, which showed that most graduating seniors preferred the outdoor ceremonies.

The Chancellor would like to thank all of the graduating students for their patience and support in this process, and particularly ASUCR President Atira Harris and the members of ASUCR for their leadership in this matter. As UCR continues to grow, Commencement also will need to change to continue to meet the expectations of UCR’s graduates. There is now a system in place to solicit feedback from the students in a timely manner that will enable the campus to continue to produce Commencement events that are meaningful and memorable to graduates and their families. The Chancellor is truly looking forward to meeting each graduate in June and celebrating the 50th Anniversary Commencement with the traditions that mean so much to UCR Highlanders.

Ceremonies for the two largest colleges, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, will be held outdoors on the Commons lawn.

Ceremonies for the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, and the Graduate Division and the Teacher Education Program have been scheduled for midday, inside the Student Recreation Center, to take advantage of the air-conditioning.

While the University is not limiting the number of guests that an individual graduate may invite, the individual ceremonies will accommodate an average of about 10 guests per graduate, in order to make sure that every guest has a seat.

The schedule for Commencement 2004 follows:

Saturday, June 12, 2004
8 a.m. College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences I (Commons Lawn)
Bachelor’s degree candidates majoring in Business Administration

1 p.m. Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (Student Recreation Center)
Bachelor’s Degree candidates

6 p.m. College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences II (Commons Lawn)
Bachelor’s Degrees in African American Studies, Anthropology, Art (Studio), Art History, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Business Economics, Chicano Studies, Chinese, Classical Studies, Comparative Ancient Civilizations, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Dance, Economics, English, Ethnic Studies, Film and Visual Culture, French, Germanic Studies, History, Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Language, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, and Linguistics.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

8 a.m. College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (Commons Lawn)
Bachelor’s degree candidates

1 p.m. Graduate Division and Teacher Education Program (Student Recreation Center)
All advanced degree candidates: PhD, MA, MBA, MEd, MFA, MS
Teacher Credential candidates

6 p.m. College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences III (Commons Lawn)
Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Development, Music, Music and Culture, Native American Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian Studies, Social Relations, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, and Women's Studies.


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