EVENT: UCI will host commencement services for its 58th graduating class over four days in the Bren Events Center. Between Friday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 20, 11 ceremonies will take place – with UCI awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees to more than 8,200 Anteaters participating in commencement exercises – featuring addresses by renowned leaders in business, health, science, arts and humanities.

WHEN/WHERE: June 16-20 at the Bren Events Center (bldg. 901, grid D/E3 on campus map: https://www.parking.uci.edu/maps/documents/UCI-CampusCore_2018.pdf)

INFORMATION: These events are not open to the public. Media planning to attend should contact Tom Vasich at 949-285-6455 or tmvasich@uci.edu in advance. Here is the schedule of ceremonies:

Friday, June 16
8:30 a.m.         The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
12:45 p.m.       School of Social Sciences 1
5 p.m.              School of Social Sciences 2

Saturday, June 17
8:30 a.m.         Claire Trevor School of the Arts
                        School of Education
                        School of Physical Sciences
12:45 p.m.       Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences (Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing; Program in Public Health; School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; School of Medicine–MS-BATS)
5:30 p.m.         Graduate hooding (M.F.A., D.N.P. and Ph.D. candidates)

Sunday, June 18
8:30 a.m.         School of Biological Sciences
12:45 p.m.       School of Social Ecology 1
5 p.m.              School of Social Ecology 2
                        School of Humanities

Tuesday, June 20
9:00 a.m.         Paul Merage School of Business
2:00 p.m.         Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

BACKGROUND: Nearly half of UCI’s undergraduate degrees this academic year will be awarded to Anteaters who are the first in their families to finish college. This high percentage of traditionally underserved students is one factor behind UCI’s growing collection of national accolades. The New York Times has twice rated UCI No. 1 among U.S. universities doing the most for the American dream. And in 2019 Forbes magazine ranked UCI first in the country among public universities for delivering the best value – based on tuition costs, school quality, alumni earnings, student debt and on-time graduation. U.S. News & World Report currently rates it the eighth-best public university in America. Money magazine has named UCI No. 3 among the “best colleges in the U.S.” And in the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings of this country’s universities, UCI placed first for offering an inclusive, supportive learning environment.


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