Renewing a Campus Tradition, Uniting Our Community

This June, UC San Diego will return to an All Campus Commencement for the first time in 16 years.  The ceremony will include the conferral of degrees for our approximately 8,000 graduating students.  This renewed tradition offers the best of both worlds for graduates.  It provides an opportunity at the All Campus Commencement to come together one final time as the Class of 2016; and, at the college and professional ceremonies, graduates will receive individual recognition of their achievements.  The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at RIMAC Field. 

The All Campus Commencement is an important milestone and underscores our commitment to strengthening the sense of community for all of our students and families.  Additionally, the move to a one-campus ceremony will assist UC San Diego in efforts to secure a high-profile speaker.  Identification of a speaker to address the 2016 graduates is already underway.  Click here for the full schedule of commencement events.

Creating Change

From left: Davyda Johnson, SACSW Vice-Chair;  Hsiu-Zu Ho, SACSW Chair; Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Chancellor Khosla;  Mary Blair-Loy, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Equity 

Chancellor Khosla and Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Becky Petitt welcomed members of the University of California Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) to campus this week for their fall meeting.  The committee examines issues regarding the status of UC women staff, faculty and students; analyzes existing policies and programs; identifies model programs or activities and supports systemwide implementation; and recommends changes to UC President Janet Napolitano to improve the status of women.  SACSW is the systemwide compliment to the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women at UC San Diego.

Honoring Outstanding Leadership

Keith Pezzoli and Gentry Patrick

Two UC San Diego campus members are among the ten people being recognized with the Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives.  Gentry Patrick, UC San Diego professor of biological sciences, is advancing the UC-HBCU Initiative through the creation of the UC San Diego/Howard University Partnership for Graduate Student Success Program.  Director of UC San Diego’s Urban Studies and Planning Program Keith Pezzoli is advancing the Global Food Initiative through his committee leadership, as well as several programs and partnerships.  UC President Janet Napolitano announced the awards at today’s Board of Regents meeting, saying “the brainpower and creativity of these 10 faculty members represent one more proof point of the tremendous difference the University of California makes in our state and beyond.”

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