This year's commencement for UCI’s 50th graduating class will stretch over four days in the Bren Events Center, and 7,057 Anteaters will participate. Ten school-based events will be held, featuring addresses by renowned leaders in business, technology, athletics and law.
A student-produced video invitation including a challenge to "play ball" with UC Irvine's seven-feet-six-inch center Mamadou Ndiaye, and 10,000 postcards signed by Anteaters of all stripes involved the entire campus in the effort to woo the president.
When Breanna Downey dons a cap and gown and walks across the stage to collect her diploma at UCI's commencement, she will have come full circle. Downey has made the trip before – when she was a towheaded toddler and her mother graduated with the class of 1991.