UCSD Celebrates 8,182 Graduates

Alumni including “Fresh Prince” actor James Avery will speak at multiple commencement ceremonies throughout the weekend

By Monica Garske
|  Sunday, Jun 17, 2012  |  Updated 11:19 AM PDT
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UC San Diego held 11 commencement ceremonies from June 15-17 for graduates. In all 8,182 students received their degrees from UCSD.

UC San Diego held 11 commencement ceremonies from June 15-17 for graduates. In all 8,182 students received their degrees from UCSD.

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UC San Diego is celebrating 8,182 graduating students this weekend during 11 different commencement ceremonies on campus at RIMAC Field.

Five UCSD alumni will speak at the graduation ceremonies, including executive vice president of Twentieth Century Fox Ira Rubenstein and actor James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phil on the popular sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The majority of the commencement ceremonies will take place June 15-17.

UCSD’s Class of 2012 includes 6,073 undergraduates from Thurgood Marshall College, Revelle College, John Muir College, Warren College, Eleanor Roosevelt College and Sixth College.

An additional 2,109 graduates this year are from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, the School of Medicine, the Office of Graduate Studies, the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Rady School of Management, according to UCSD.

Three ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at RIMAC Field. Ceremonies being held by Thurgood Marshall College will feature Avery giving the commencement speech.

Meanwhile, Rubenstein will address new graduates at 1 p.m. at RIMAC Field in a ceremony held by Revelle College. Rubenstein graduated from Revelle with a degree in economics and was once also the vice president of Marvel Entertainment.

On Sunday, UCSD confirmed that Sixth College alumnus Wesley Chan will deliver the keynote speech to grads at 5 p.m at RIMAC Field. Chan will be joined by UCSD alumni Ted Fu and Phillip Wang, creators of the popular media production company, Wong Fu Productions.

For more specific details on dates and times of the 11 UCSD commencement ceremonies happening this weekend, visit this website.

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