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UCI commencement culminates with Angel Stadium celebration

Graduates also honored at school ceremonies at Bren Events Center leading up to the all-campus celebration

June 16, 2022
UCI commencement culminates with Angel Stadium celebration
Commencement speaker Yusef Salaam speaks to the crowd during the UCI commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium. Steve Zylius/UCI

The UCI Commencement Celebration at Angel Stadium of Anaheim was UCI’s first all-campus commencement since 2014, when President Barack Obama spoke to excited Anteater students, families and supporters at the stadium. More than 4,500 graduating students attended with their friends and families. Yusef Salaam – one of the “exonerated five,” a group of teens wrongly convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case – was the featured speaker. A video of the all-university commencement is available at: https://commencement.uci.edu.

UCI also hosted individual on-campus commencement events June 10-13 for each of its academic schools, at which diplomas were conferred. These events were held in the Bren Events Center. Video recordings of the individual school and colleges commencements, including the graduate hooding ceremony, are available at https://vimeo.com/user/73285281/folder/11196298

Graduate data:

  • Students receiving bachelor’s degrees: 8,383, with Social Sciences accounting for more than 26 percent
  • Master’s degrees: 871
  • Doctoral degrees: 413
  • Law degrees: 143
  • Medical degrees: 92
  • Community college transfer students earning bachelor’s degrees: 2,601
  • Federal Pell Grant recipients earning bachelor’s degrees: 3,454
  • 43 percent of undergraduates receiving bachelor’s degrees are first-generation college students
  • UCI granted bachelor’s degrees to 1,921 Latinos

Graduate degree recipients take selfies at the UCI commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium. Steve Zylius/UCI

 

Students celebrate as the chancellor announces their graduation during the UCI commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium. Steve Zylius/UCI

 

Students wave to loved ones during the UCI commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium. Steve Zylius/UCI

Students celebrating during the UCI commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium. Steve Zylius/UCI