Congratulations, Class of 2015!

“You are our future leaders and innovators, and you represent the best of UC San Diego.” – Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego is adding more than 8,000 new alumni to its already distinguished roster of graduates.  Chancellor Khosla conferred the degrees over the weekend during nine separate commencement ceremonies.  Addressing each group of graduates, the Chancellor told our graduates that they are well prepared to enter the world as both scholars and citizens who will carry on UC San Diego’s legacy of innovation, service and excellence.  He also talked about how proud he is of their accomplishments, and urged our new alumni to use their education to make the world a better place. 

To kick off the commencement weekend ceremonies, the All Campus Graduation Celebration kicked off was held on Friday night, featuring keynote speaker Danny Zuker, executive producer and writer for the television show “Modern Family.” Commencement ceremonies for the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were held in the weeks prior.

All Campus Graduation Celebration

Acknowledging Academic Excellence

From left: Chancellor Khosla, Professor Mihir Bellare (accepting on behalf of Sarah Meiklejohn), Professor David Meyer (accepting on behalf of Thomas G. Wong), Timothy Roger Mullen, Thanathom Chailangkarn, Rick Grusch (accepting on behalf of Daniel C. Burnston), and Graduate Student Association representative Holly Dembinski

The Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal recognizes outstanding Ph.D. dissertations from each academic division at UC San Diego.  This year, it was awarded to five extraordinary individuals who were chosen because of the impact, originality, presentation and quality of their work.  During the ceremony last night, Chancellor Khosla congratulated each awardee and thanked them for their contributions to their field, past and future.

Honoring One of the Greatest Scientific Contributions

"The Keeling Curve brought the world’s attention to the importance of climate change research and solutions." - Chancellor Khosla

From left: John E. Adams, District V Director of the American Chemical Society; Chancellor Khosla; James Butler, Director of Global Monitoring at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory; Ralph Keeling, Program Director of the Scripps CO2 Program; and Margaret Leinen, VC - Marine Sciences and Director of Scripps Oceanography

A brand new plaque sits on Ritter Hall today at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  It recognizes the Keeling Curve and its contribution to chemistry and the wellbeing of society.  The plaque was revealed on Friday as part of Scripps Day and it was initiated by the American Chemical Society as part of its National Historic Chemical Landmarks program, which honors seminal events in the history of chemistry. 

The Keeling Curve was created by Scripps scientist Charles David Keeling, who established his laboratory at Ritter Hall.  It is a long-term record of rising carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere, which was linked to rising levels of fossil fuel emissions.  It’s been said that the modern age of climate research began with the Keeling Curve. 

A sister plaque was also installed at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii where Keeling first took his measurements in 1957.

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