Celebrating UC San Diego’s Newest Graduates

Congratulations, Class of 2018!  More than 8,000 students transitioned to alumni this weekend during UC San Diego’s Commencement Weekend.  Thousands attended the All Campus Commencement ceremony on Saturday, featuring a keynote speech from Chancellor Khosla in which he encouraged graduates to use their education to contribute to the greater good.  The program also featured alumni speaker Kimberley Phillips Boehm and student speaker Lucero Felicita Camarena.  After the All Campus Commencement ceremony, which included the conferral of degrees, the campus’s six undergraduate colleges, two professional schools and various graduate programs host personalized graduation events where students walked across the stage as their names were read.

Student speaker Lucero Felicita Camarena

Alumni speaker Kimberley Phillips Boehm '82

Members of the Platform Party prepare to process.

Honoring Outstanding Research Dissertations

From left: Chancellor Khosla, Graduate Division Dean Kit Pogliano, GSA VP – Academic Affairs Vladimir Jovanovic, Medal Recipient Alina Mendez, Professor David Gutierrez; Medal Recipient Zhenbin Wang, Associate Professor Shyue Ping Ong, VC – Research Sandra Brown

The Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal recognizes outstanding Ph.D. dissertations from each academic division of UC San Diego.  This year’s recipients were chosen because of the impact, originality, presentation and quality of their work.  At today’s medal ceremony at the Faculty Club, Chancellor Khosla congratulated the honorees and thanked them for their contributions to their field, both past and future.  Learn more about the Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal and this year’s recipients.

Chancellor Khosla presents the Chancellor's Dissertation Medal to Alina Mendez.

Chancellor Khosla presents the Chancellor's Dissertation Medal to Zhenbin Wang.

Recognizing the Achievements of Our Student Scholars

More than 100 Chancellor’s Associate Scholars are graduating this year – the largest class of scholars since the creation of the scholarship in 2013.  Chancellor Khosla attended a special lunch for the graduates at The Loft this week, where he awarded recognition medals and expressed his pride in their hard work and commitment to their educational goals.  The Chancellor established the scholarship program to ensure that UC San Diego is accessible and affordable for local and high-achieving students, particularly those from low-income families in underrepresented communities.  During his remarks, Chancellor Khosla urged the graduating class of scholars to use their education to improve our community and world, and reminded them that UC San Diego will always be their home.  

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