More than 8,000 students are set to graduate from the University of California San Diego next week in various commencement ceremonies on the La Jolla campus.
The majority of UCSD’s 2013 commencement ceremonies will take place Jun. 14-16. Students from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduated on May 18, while the School of Medicine held its graduation on Jun. 2.
This year, speakers at the ceremonies include comedian Lewis Black, San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner, former White House doctor Connie Mariano and former University of California system president Richard Atkinson.
A total of 8,085 diplomas will be proudly conferred to Tritons this year.
UCSD’s commencement weekend kicks off Friday, Jun. 14 at 5 p.m. with the 7th annual “All Campus Graduation Celebration” event at RIMAC Field, which is open to all graduating undergraduate and graduate students, as well as UCSD alumni.
The first of three large graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, Jun. 15, beginning with Thurgood Marshall College’s 8 a.m. ceremony at RIMAC Field.
Black will deliver the commencement speech at that ceremony, as approximately 1,200 students graduate and 11,000 guests gather. This will mark the comedian’s first-ever university commencement address.
At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Office of Graduate Studies will hold their ceremony at the RIMAC Arena, with UCSD alumna Lightner featured as the keynote speaker. A total of 500 students will receive PH.Ds., while 1,125 students receive their master’s degrees.
At 1 p.m., Sixth College will host their commencement ceremony for 929 students. At 5 p.m., John Muir College will hold commencement at RIMAC Field for about 1,200 students.
On Sunday, the following ceremonies are scheduled: the Earl Warren College commencement at 8 a.m.; the 10:30 a.m. commencement for the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at RIMAC Arena; the Revelle College graduation for some 1,700 students at 1 p.m.; the Eleanor Roosevelt College ceremony at 5 p.m.
Finally, on Jun. 22, UCSD commencement season will wrap up with an 11 a.m. ceremony for 110 graduates from the Rady School of Management held at the Rady School Lawn. Atkinson will speak at that ceremony.
For more details on UCSD’s 2013 commencement ceremonies, visit this website.