Irvine, Calif., Feb. 28, 2014 – UC Irvine today confirmed that its 2014 commencement celebration will include a special, all-graduate keynote event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim followed by several smaller, school-based ceremonies on campus.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s dedication of the campus in 1964, President Barack Obama has been invited to be keynote speaker at the Angel Stadium event, scheduled for Saturday, June 14; his response is expected in April. All 8,000 graduates and a limited number of guests are invited to attend. Timing and details for this event are under development and will be announced as soon as possible.
Eight school-based ceremonies, in which graduates will be individually recognized, will be held Sunday and Monday, June 15 and 16, at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center. Professional schools – law, medicine and business – traditionally conduct commencement services on different days, in line with their academic calendars. Details and ticket information for the school-based ceremonies can be found at www.commencement.uci.edu.
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About the University of California, Irvine: Located in coastal Orange County, near a thriving employment hub in one of the nation’s safest cities, UC Irvine was founded in 1965. One of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, it’s ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.3 billion annually to the local economy.
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