April 15, 2020
To: All students, staff and faculty
April 15, 2020
Dear Campus Community,
There is no more significant celebration at a university than commencement. Our hearts go out to the members, families and friends of the Class of 2020 for the delay of such an important in-person rite of passage. But we will create events that are memorable — both virtual on graduation day, and in-person at a later date to be announced.
The virtual ceremony, on Saturday, May 16, will allow graduates, their loved ones, and our entire campus community to celebrate the Class of 2020 remotely. Information and updates will be sent to graduates via their UC Merced email accounts and at commencement.ucmerced.edu .
UC Merced is committed to commemorating the tremendous and diverse accomplishments of our Graduates by creating the #UCM2020 Journey Project. We invite our students, staff and faculty to submit photos, videos and messages for our graduates , and we will share some of these moments throughout the month of May as we reflect on our achievements and successes as a Bobcat community.
Though our ceremony will be virtual, there will still be opportunities for graduates to participate as a student speaker or student singer. If you are interested in applying for either role, please review the requirements and criteria on the online application . The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 23.
Although a virtual commencement may not be the traditional celebration our campus is accustomed to, we look forward to making this experience memorable for our graduates and their families until we are able to come together again.
President, Associated Students of UC Merced
Ritwika Vallomparambath PanikkasserySugasree
Co-Presidents, Graduate Student Association