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Obama to honor UCI men's volleyball champs

March 10, 2014

Irvine, Calif., March 10, 2014 – A delegation representing UC Irvine’s last three men’s volleyball national championships will join a celebration  honoring NCAA champions at the White House today at approximately 1:15 p.m. PT.

The delegation will include Chancellor Michael Drake and Athletics Director Michael Izzi, who will invite the president to be keynote commencement speaker at the university’s June 14, 2014, ceremony. The commencement will commemorate President Lyndon B. Johnson’s dedication of the campus in June 1964 and is the kick-off of UC Irvine’s 50th anniversary.

To watch the live stream of the event, beginning at approximately 2:15 p.m., go to www.whitehouse.gov/live.

UC Irvine is the two-time defending champion and has won four of the last seven national titles in Division I men’s volleyball. The Anteaters captured the crown in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

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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