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S AT U R D AY, M AY 1 2 SC HOOL OF S O C IAL S C IE NC E S , H UM ANI T I E S AND ART S S U N D AY, M AY 1 3 S C HO OL OF E NG IN E E R ING S CHO OL OF N AT U R AL S C IENC E S


U C M ERCED A LM A M ATE R “ MY MER C ED ”

I N T H E S O I L A D R E A M WA S P L A N T E D I N T H E R I C H E A RT H , J U S T A S E E D T H E G R O U N D WA S T I L L E D S O T E N D E R L Y T O C U LT I VAT E – T H E B E S T I N M E

AND THE SEED GRE W TO A GARDEN A S FAR A S I CAN SEE SHE WELCOMED ME WITH OPEN ARMS T H AT G AV E L I F E T O M Y D R E A M S

HER LANTERN’S LIGHT SHINES SO BRIGHT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE

MY MERCED, UC MERCED MY MERCED… FROM A SEED


CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE

Dear University of California Merced Graduate: Congratulations! Today is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. You are part of UC Merced’s 13th commencement, and once your degree is conferred, you will join the more than 8,000 alumni who are already enriching the San Joaquin Valley, the state, the nation and the world. This day is the university’s opportunity to celebrate you and your achievements, our way of recognizing that you are now one of a community of scholars who have earned their degrees throughout the University of California’s 150-year history. Whether you came to UC Merced as a first-year student, transfer student or graduate student, you now are ready to embark on the next milestone in your personal and professional journeys. You will always be a part of our Bobcat family, and we can’t wait to see all the great things you will accomplish and the positive impact you will have on our society. On behalf of the UC Merced community, I congratulate you on your academic accomplishments and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Fiat Lux,

Dorothy Leland Chancellor


PROGRAM | SATURDAY, MAY 12 School of SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES AND ARTS PROCESSIONAL MUSIC

“Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar

ACADEMIC PROCESSION

Candidates, Faculty, Senior Administration and Honored Guests

NATIONAL ANTHEM

“The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key

WELCOME REMARKS

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Performed by Kayla Jann Jimenez Blasco, Class of 2018

THOMAS W. PETERSON

DOROTHY LELAND CHANCELLOR’S ADDRESS Chancellor KEYNOTE ADDRESS

CNN contributor and political commentator

STUDENT REMARKS

Santana Juanita Juache, Class of 2018

MARIA CARDONA

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES AND CONFERRAL OF DEGREES THOMAS W. PETERSON

MARJORIE S. ZATZ

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division

DOROTHY LELAND jill robbins Chancellor

Dean, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

ALUMNI REMARKS

Alumni Association President

ALma mater

“My Merced”

CLOSING REMARKS

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

RECESSIONAL MUSIC

“Sine Nomine” by Ralph Vaughan Williams

KEITH ELLIS, Class of 2012

Performed by ALLISON ANN T. WENDLBERGER, Class of 2018

THOMAS W. PETERSON


KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Saturday, May 12 M AR IA C AR D ON A CNN contributor and political commentator

Maria Cardona is a principal at the Dewey Square Group and leads the firm’s multicultural and public affairs practices. She launched the firm’s Latinovations, which advocates for Latino issues, guiding clients on best practices for coalition-building and support for their positions, products and brands within the Hispanic community. Cardona is regarded as one of the nation’s top 100 most influential Latinos. Well known for her work as a political commentator, Cardona is currently a CNN and CNN en Español political contributor. She appeared frequently on MSNBC, FOX, Univision and Telemundo prior to signing on exclusively with CNN. She serves on the board of directors of numerous organizations including Hoops Sagrado, New America Media, Citizenship Counts, PODER PAC, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino and the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Cardona led the New Democrat Network’s outreach initiative nationwide as a senior vice president. Her government and political background includes service as director of communications for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and as press secretary at the Department of Commerce. She served as a senior advisor, surrogate and spokesperson to several national presidential campaigns. She is a native of Colombia and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.


Class of 2018 | Saturday, May 12 Candidates for doctoral degree from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Candidates for master’s degree from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Patricia Cabral

Christina I. Acosta Sociology Master of Arts

Katherine Elizabeth Adams Arca

Kathleen Marie Coburn

Hala Alnagar

Antonio Aguilar

Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Arthur Durazo

Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Sociology Master of Arts

Rocco Nickolas Bowman Interdisciplinary Humanities Master of Arts

John Michael Felt

Janice Disla

Josue Alejandro Franco

Raymond George Feilner Jr.

Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy Political Science Doctor of Philosophy

Psychological Sciences Master of Arts Psychological Sciences Master of Arts

Kathleen Santella Gali

Eunis Hernandez

Chanita Intawan

Jazmine D. Kenny

Trevor Z. Jackson

Auguste Yao Kouadio

Kim Cheryl McMillon

Vicente Andres Ramirez

Public Health Doctor of Philosophy Political Science Doctor of Philosophy

Interdisciplinary Humanities Doctor of Philosophy IGP World Cultures Doctor of Philosophy

Peter Joseph Reschke Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Rhea Riegel

Interdisciplinary Humanities Doctor of Philosophy

Jessica Marie Ross

Cognitive and Information Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Kaitlyn Tessa Provins Smith Political Science Doctor of Philosophy

Maryam A. Trebeau Crogman Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Yuzhu Yang

Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Public Health Master of Science Public Health Master of Science

Interdisciplinary Humanities Master of Arts Public Health Master of Science

Daniel Paul Rios

Interdisciplinary Humanities Master of Arts

Cassandra Jean Strizak Public Health Master of Science

Shadab Tabatabaeian

Interdisciplinary Humanities Master of Arts

Houa Vang

Sociology Master of Arts

David Veloz

Public Health Master of Science

Tashelle Wright Public Health Master of Science

Candidates for baccalaureate degree from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Jennifer Esmeralda Aguilar Mayte Aguilar Cruz Rasheda Akter Daniel Alba Guadalupe E. Albarran Lorena A. Alcantar Maria De Jesus Aldaco Mohammed Saleh Aledlah Fernando Antonio Almaraz*** Belladira Alva Alexis Alvarez Kimberly Alvarez Sandra Alvarez Guadalupe Amaya Joseph Soria Anaya Irene Andres Francisco Javier Anguiano Elizabeth Anguiano Urtiz Sierra Claire Appell* Verenize Arceo** Pedro J. Arechiga Angel Ozbaldo Arellano Katrina B. Argamosa* Selena Arias Karla Maricela Armendariz Luz Abril Armienta Taylor Ross Arrieta Astrid Arzola Vanessa Astorga


Class of 2018 | Saturday, May 12 Raul Astudillo

Jessica Marie Calderon

Tyler David Cobian

Elissa Yasmine Avelar

Frank Cameras

Kennan Neil Conner

Leslie Avina

Jose Campos

Leslie Jessica Contreras

Jose Javier Azpeitia

Christian Antonio Campos Magana

Amy Corona

Victor David Bahena Brianna Katherine Bahret Juanae Rashid Bailey Karanveer Singh Bains Nathaniel Michael Balmes Jennifer A. Baltazar Tomanik’e Champagne Banks Aymee Marilyn Barajas Faustina Barnard Neeru Basanti Miguel A. Basilio Kristian Mendoza Bautista Mariela Bazan Benjamin Jr. Belmonte Ashley Nicole Bennett Shawn W. Benson Katrina Marie Martinez Bercasio Eshu S. Bhabra Steven Michael Blackman, Jr. Alexis Blanco Kayla Jann Jimenez Blasco* Nathan Ray Bomar Jaiza Borja Oleachea Demoree Bowers Jeremy Taylor Brandau Roberto Carlos Briones Norma Angelica Briseno Lizbeth Bugarin Jaylyn Burns Jennifer Moure Cadenas Hermelinda Calderon

Jose Carlos Canela Zamudio** Javier Eduardo Cano Marissa Cano

Ashley Marie Cosio Coramarie Ashley Crandell Daisy Cruz

Alison Juliana Cao Romero

Cynthia Alejandra Cueva Flores

Brenda Capurro

Leigh Ann Cull*

Linett Carballo

Jennifer Adriani Darmawan

Jose Alfredo Cardoza Cortez, Jr.

Nina Lansang David

Israel Carlos-Silva Cristian Adan Carreno

Ana Laura De Arcos Angelica De La Cruz***

Lilian Carrera

Guillermo Benjamin De La Rosa

Rosa Isela Carrera Merales

Alejandro De La Torre

Reymar Castillo*

Ashley Michelle De La Torre

Christina Emma Castro

Jairo Hernan De La Torre

Karlagreta Cazares Avila

Gabrielle Mihkaela De Loyola

Ruben Cazarez

Carlos Luis De Mora

Brenda I. Ceja

Jacob Elijah Del Cid

Katherine Cervantes

Jonathan Delgado*

Jonathan Chan

Kyle M. Dennis

Shane Josue Charleston*

Ravneet Kaur Dhillon

Kenia Jasmine Chavez

Adriana Jackeline Diaz Mireles

Melynna Chavez Kevin Mathew Chemparathy Winnie Yunyi Chen** Joanie Cheung Raymond Chiu Hannah Choi Vivan Quynh Chu*** Troi L. Chua* Eva Magaly Cisneros Ivan Cisneros Gomez

Alejandra Emely Diaz Mireles Jessica Elizeth Diaz-Gallo Ladejah Symone Dillard Anthony James Dimento Dana Tiffany Dispun** Brian Anthony Dominguez, Jr. Drakari K Donaldson Cheyenne Ashlei Drake Sonia M. Duarte


Class of 2018 | Saturday, May 12 Cinthia Kimberly Duenas

Dilma Priscilla Galvez

Caitlyn Jean Grabill

Elizabeth Christine Duncan

Blanca F. Galvez Jimenez

Alondra Gabriela Granados

Dyani Guadalupe Duran

Victoria Gamez

Juan Granados

Theodore Christian Elpedes

Alfredo Ivan Garcia

Eliana Anita Grande

Waddah Elzofri

Ashley Garcia

Santana Davere Graves

Alejandra Escalante

Desiree Monique Garcia*

Amri Milan Gray

Joshua Kalani Esparza

Magdalena Garcia

Carlos Alejandro Guadarrama

Mariah Leah Jean Estes

Marbella Guadalupe Garcia

Marco Antonio Guadarrama

Cynthia Estrada

Odalys Yaneth Garcia

Holly Nicole Guenther

Eduardo N. Estrada

Santana Garcia*

Lorena Estrella

Sayra Alondra Garcia

Victor Eduardo Guerra-Cardoza

Yakira Atiya Evans

Dafne Yanira Garcia-Villalpando

Jacqueline Fajardo Mendez Haley Marina Falzon Claudia Fariasvera Tamara Diamond Favors Ting Feng Daniel Pamittan Fernandez Jovana Fernandez Mario Jr Ferreira Alma Yvette Flores David M. Flores Javier Daniel Flores

Naomi Gupta

Dennis P. Garrison

Andrea Gurrola

Joshua Timothy Garry

Christian Gutierrez

Viridiana Garza

Jailene Gutierrez***

William S. George

Marcella Gutierrez

Elizabeth Mary Anne Gerber

Eric Luis Guzman

Katia Gilbon Morales Mariela Godoy** Adriano DorĂŠ Gomes Da Costa Natalie Gomez

Alessandra Kim Fontana***

Hardy Gomez-Olivas

Jocelyn Dominique Foster Getsemani Fragoso Marisa Christina Fragoso* Kristy Yesenia Frausto Donato Vittorio Frazier Kevin Fregoso Natalie Tatiana Frost* Vanessa Xochitl Galaviz* Marina Gallegos

Yijia Guo

Kesia Karina Garibay

Mitzy Jazmin Flores Sandoval Jaime Lynn Ford, Jr.

Grecia Alejandra Guerrero

Oscar Gomez Dominique Desiree Gonzales John Luis Almoite Gonzales Maya Nicole Gonzales Alejandra J. Gonzalez Dolly Gonzalez Evelyn Gonzalez Julio Cesar Gonzalez, Jr. Karina Gonzalez Mariana Gonzalez Salvador Gonzalez, Jr.

Jessi Anne Hagelshaw* Haley Jordan Halsey Madison Rae Haynie Seng Her Yamilecs Hernandez Karina Gabriela Herrera Sydney Mariah Herring-Alderete Brooke Leann Hickerson Dominique Alexis Hill Taylor Leigh Hodson** Justin Ira Holtermann** Gabriel Donovan Hornbuckle Jiqi Huang* Javonte B. Hubbard Jocelyn Huitron Gutierrez Gabriel Shaw Hulbert


Class of 2018 | Saturday, May 12 Alexander Thanh Huynh*

Amber Marie Labra

Johanna Rossery Lopez-Romo

Alexandra Nhan Huynh

Manjot Ladhar

Andrea Yzabel Loreto

Edgar Canek Ibarra

Khanh Linh M Lam

Lawrence Alexander Louie, II

Maria Guadalupe Ibarra

Alejandra Lamarque Velazquez *

Christian Alexander Lucero Gates*

Noelle Ann Lammouchi**

Kimberly Luna

Kiabeth Landa

Jorge I. Luna Monterrey

Christia Langston

Kelly Marie Luthy

Cynthia Maria Larios

Antony Ly

Rebekah Noelle Latronica**

Arely Macias

Karla Leana

Richard Macias

Chee Lee

Valeria Macias

Der Lee

Susana Madrigal

Nhou Lee

Guadalupe Madrigal-Noyola

Tiffany Lee

Eric Julian Magana Mendoza

Xin Ni Lee

Dakota Van Mai

Ruben Lemus

Stephanie M. Maldonado

Mabel Len

Marco Antonio Manon Romero

Deborah Chidinma Ikenador Jessica Renee Imes Jake T. Ingraham* Jessica Chandra Inn Kalan L. Jackson Seung Won Jeong Devina Andrea Jimenez Laura Daniela Jimenez Garcia Gregory Brian Jones Jr. Nia Kamil Jones Akkeya Tallana Joyner Santana Juanita Juache*** Karina Juarez Denissa Itzayana Juarez Garcia

Arely Leon Mejia

Jenella Joyce Ganio Julian

Jessica Leon Mosti

Matthew James Jurilla

Selena Marie Lewis-Chavez

Mir Kameron Tabatabai Kashani

Luz Mariela Leyva

Anubhav Parkash Kaur Harmandeep Kaur Manjinder Kaur Simerpreet Kaur** Vannrithy Danny Kem Sea Jin Kim Sidney C. Kim Joshua Marsean Kimble Cory James Kling Jared Andrew Knittel Shirley Kong Monika C. Kumar Kenneth Michael Kwong

Cindy Li Por Arng William Joshua Lim Destinee Lima Lizbet Limeta Isaac Christopher Limon Lihai Lin Stephanie Linares Alejandro Llamas Edwin Ivan Lombera Colleen Nicole Lopez Karen Esmeralda Lopez Kimberly Lopez Katia Yazmin Lopez Santillan Katia J. Lopez Santillan

Lisette Victoria Manriquez Diana Vianey Manriquez Gonzalez Yuriyah Vaugn Manus Rocco John Manzone** Karen Yaneth Marcos Morelia Marines Adam Samuel Markowitz Brandon Martin Levi Timothy Martin Emily Xiomara Martinez* Esteban Antonio Martinez Eva Andrea Martinez Gustavo Ramirez Martinez, Jr. Johana Elizabeth Martinez Maricela Monica Martinez Ricardo Martinez


Class of 2018 | Saturday, May 12 Viviana Martinez

Maiv Ntxawm Moua

Gautam D. Panakkal

Yasmin Jobana Martinez

Tejveer Singh Muhar

Nathan Sean Parmeter**

Josue Jonatan Martinez Marquez

Cinthia Karina Muniz

Yaqueline Airam

Alma Gloria Munoz

Parra Aragon

Elias Zachary Munoz II

Patrick L. Pascual

Andres Murillo

Gunjan Vinod Pasi

Dylan Thomas Myrie

Anthoney Jawaun Paulisich

Joana Mari Castillo Narvarte*

Kevin Alexander Pena

Evelyn Nava*

Natalie Melisa Pena Marquez

Kimberly Martinez-Melchor Divya F. Mattathil Maggie Marie Medina* Marissa Danielle Mehr Vanessa Mejia-Sanchez Luis Alexander Mejia-Santana Gerardo Antonio Melgar Marlene Mendez Gabriella Elizabeth Mendoza Sara Mendoza** Magali Michelle Mendoza Vega Gustavo Mexicano Gilberto Meza Savannah Meagan Millard Anthony James Miller Brooks Ryan Miller* Maritza Miramontes Ryan Kazim Mirza Marissa Marie Mojica Anastasia Kailyn Mondy Elsa Cristina Monterrey Emilio Andre Monterrubio Ayanna Marina Morales Denixa Auxiliadora Morales Leticia Morales Jennifer Sarhia Moreno Lesley Jackelyn Moreno Araceli Yazmin Morfin Genesis Fernanda Morfin Galindo Grant Alexander Morgan

Noel Nevarez Rodriguez Philip Thanh Nguyen Stephanie Marie Noriega Kira Yuja Norton Jessica L. Nunez Chukwuemeka Rawlins Nwando Eloy Mendez Oakley Ixchel Melanie Ochoa Morales Elizabeth Ochoa Sierra* Adriana O’Day Mario Junior Olea Ruben Olmos Eva Fernanda Ordonez Karina Alejandra Ornelas Blanca Esthela Orozco David Israel Orozco Cindy Ortega Manuel Ortiz Jr Mario Alberto Ortiz Erick Anthony Osorio Estevan Osuna Eve Amondi Owino* Kimberly Anai Ozorio Estephanie Pacheco Andrina Linda Padilla** Esmeralda Karen Palafox

Monica Adriana Perales*** Denisse Peralta Kimberly Magdalena Peralta Eva Paulina Perez Jessica Perez Jerehmy Nicolas Perez-Zelaya Bao Chau Ngoc Pham Joy G. Pham Taylor Phan Ryan Craig Pickering Shainamel Almazan Pilapil Melissa Pineda Cecilia Plascencia* Sabrina Jazmine Plaza Emiliano Jose Plazola Robert Louis Porcella Chelsea Marie Puente Maria Carolina Puglisi Alexus Guadalupe Ramirez** Cesar Ramirez Luis Steven Ramirez Claudia Ramirez Vargas* Paulina Ramirez-Vargas* Paola Ramos


Class of 2018 | Saturday, May 12 Alessandra Felicia Rea

Savanah Saavedra

Lirio Jazmin Rebolloso-Sanchez

Fey Orn Saechao

Kavya Medini Reddy Asia Reed Miguel Angel Reyes, Jr. Priscilla Janine Reyes Annalise Michelle Reynosa Soren James Richards Mariah Nicole Ring Evaristo Rivera Joshua C. Robles Abigail Elizabeth Rodas Jason Timothy Rodrigues Britannie Jiselle Rodriguez Cynthia Andrea Rodriguez

Allen Saephan Elina Sahagun Muaz Saiyed Jovonna Toni Salazar Alejandra Salgado Gabriela Selena Sanchez Sylvia Sanchez* Ariana Sanchez Alvarez Anakaren Sanchez-Zuniga Manmeet S. Sandhu Gurbeer Singh Sangha Sandra Santiago Lizeth Santillan Miriam Santos

Marisol Amelia Soto-Delatoba* Aderayo Aderinsola Soyemi Juanita K. Sprowell*** Jesus Francisco Suarez Yesica Suarez Chocoteco Mohammed Zain Anees Subedar Vlora Suma* Aron O. Sverdlov Julie Ta* Anderson Quan Tang Faith Rose Taylor Mennen Tefferi Thomas McEwen Templeton Noel Fausto Tenorio

Hanah Marie Sargent*

Jessica Montserrat Teran Salazar

Sebastian Sarkisian

Martin A. Terrones

Conniemarie Saucedo

Shouapa Thao

Christina Esparza Schaefer

Yer Mary Thao

Timothy Arthur Schwartz**

Kiranjeet Kaur Thiara

Varun Senthil

Roxanne Marie Thomas

Roisin M. Shannon***

Jasmine M. Tieu

Jasper Hyun Shin

Antonio J. Toney

Jagpreet Kaur Sidhu

Joanna Liseth Torres

Victoria Crystal Sierra

Laura Torres

Maria Elena Sifuentes

Mayra Araceli Torres

Andres Esteban Silva

Connie Tran

Christina Roshni Silva

Mauricio Yahir Trejo Najera

Nancy Lee Simmons

Sharon Linh Trinh*

Mamta Sharmeel Singh

Vuong Clinton Truong

Daryn Imani Smith

Simon C. Uche, Jr.

Nicholas Alexander Rusbarsky

Russell Barrett Smith

Marilyn Giselle Ufrazio

Lawrence Lamar Rush

Sangeeta Kumari Songu

Jessica Valdez Guzman

Cosme Soto Alvarez

Kevin Valdivia

Iris Yanely Rodriguez Nicole Rocio Rodriguez Maria Teresa Rodriguez Alday Brandon Rodriguez Luna* Franchesca Rojo Christian John Romero Cynthia Romero Erik Valdo Romero** Maritza Romero Laura Alejandra Rosales Cindy Jaqueline Rosas Elizabeth Margaret Ruiz Yareli Elizabeth Ruiz Mireya Ruiz Dominguez Sydney Valette Armstrong Ruport


Class of 2018 | Saturday, May 12 Stephanie Lizette Valdivia

Guadalupe Eloisa Velazquez

Ashley Y. Wong

Selena Renee Valencia

Denise Vera Hernandez

Cordia Wong

Vanessa Valenzuela

Namita Vij

Gordon Kyle Wong

Victoria Ana Roxas Valle

Yesenia Villa

Alexander Kristian Wood

Amy Kia Vang

Gabriella Olivea Luciana Vinco

Erica Elise Woodson

Andres Vargas, Jr. Melissa Vargas-Murguia Cindy Sumi Vasquez* Hector Olivares Vasquez Andre Vazquez Jessica Beatriz Vazquez Antoinette Renae Vearrier Cristian Vega Valadez Tatiana A. Velasco Edward Francisco Velasquez Arleen Lilibeth Velasquez Lopez

Alison Jane Vining Sophie Marina Vo** Nancy Vue Cheyenne Monseray Wallace Noelle Cassidy Weber Allison Ann T. Wendlberger Patrik Aaron White

Ace Yang Raymond Yang Akhila Yechuri Marisela Y. Yepez Larry Yu* Ana L. Zarate Cano* Dariana Zermeno Huerta

Marcia Mendonca Wick Allison Alayne Wilbers** Dolores Isabel Williams Allison Michelle Wisdom

The commencement ceremony and program are not official confirmations of degree information. Academic Honors are not awarded until after the term in which all requirements are completed. To receive academic honors at graduation, an undergraduate student must achieve a grade point average within the top 2 percent of the student’s school for highest honors (***), the next 4 percent for high honors (**), and the next 10 percent for honors (*).


THE PEOPLE AND THE RESEARCH WERE THE TOP REASONS I CHOSE UC MERCED. IT WAS AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU COULD GROW. MARIO BANUELOS APPLIED MATHEMATICS DOCTORAL CANDIDATE | CLASS OF 2018

YOU GO TO OTHER UNIVERSITIES TO MEET COMPETITORS AND YOU COME TO UC MERCED TO MAKE FRIENDS. TOMANIK'E CHAMPAGNE BANKS PUBLIC HEALTH MAJOR | CLASS OF 2018

I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH HOW I SPENT MY TIME AT UC MERCED AND THAT I WAS ABLE TO DO SO MANY THINGS. ABBIE-LEIGH HANAE MENESES STUDENT ATHLETE AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJOR | CLASS OF 2018


PROGRAM | SUNDAY, MAY 13 SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES PROCESSIONAL MUSIC

“Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar

ACADEMIC PROCESSION

Candidates, Faculty, Senior Administration and Honored Guests

NATIONAL ANTHEM

“The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key

WELCOME REMARKS

THOMAS W. PETERSON

CHANCELLOR’S ADDRESS

DOROTHY LELAND

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Lenny Mendonca

STUDENT REMARKS

Eliezar M. Vigdorchik, Class of 2018

Performed by Michael Joseph Simon, Class of 2018

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Chancellor

Civic leader and entrepreneur

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES AND CONFERRAL OF DEGREES THOMAS W. PETERSON

MARJORIE S. ZATZ

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division

DOROTHY LELAND mark matusmoto Chancellor

Dean, School of Engineering

betsy R. dumont

ALUMNI REMARKS

KEITH ELLIS, Class of 2012

ALma mater

“My Merced”

CLOSING REMARKS

THOMAS W. PETERSON

RECESSIONAL MUSIC

“Sine Nomine” by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Dean, School of Natural Sciences

Alumni Association President

Performed by Katrina Llanillo Johnson, Class of 2018

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor


KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Sunday, May 13 L enny M endonca civ ic leader and ent r epr e ne ur

Lenny Mendonca is senior partner emeritus from the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a lecturer at Stanford Business School, managing partner of the Coastside News Group and founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Mendonca founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice, and led the firm’s knowledge development efforts for many years, overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm’s communications — including the McKinsey Quarterly. He served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council. Over the course of his career, Mendonca helped dozens of government, corporate and nonprofit clients meet their most difficult management challenges. He is the chair of New America and Children Now, co-chair of California Forward, and co-founder and chair of Fusecorps. He is the chair emeritus of the Bay Area Council and their Economic Institute, and was vice-chair of the Stanford GSB Advisory Council and was a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development. He serves on the boards of Fidelity Charitable, Western Governors University, Common Cause, The Educational Results Partnership, The College Futures Foundation, California Competes, The Opportunity Institute, Commonwealth Club, National Association of NonPartisan Reformers and The Guardian.org. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees for Junior Statesmen of America and the advisory boards of QB3, the Haas Center at Stanford University, Third Sector Capital and the Public Policy Institute of California. Mendonca received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University. He is a native of the Central Valley, the grandson of Portuguese immigrants and grew up on a family dairy farm in Turlock.


Class of 2018 | Sunday, May 13 Candidates for doctoral degree from the School of Engineering

Weijie Zhao

Soheil Fatehiboroujeni

Yue Zhao

Mechanical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy

Rachel Theresa Hatano

IGP Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies Doctor of Philosophy

Duval Alan Johnson Mechanical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy

Vipawee Limsakoune

IGP Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies Doctor of Philosophy

Sifei Liu

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Qin Ma

Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

Sarah Elizabeth Martin Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

Brandi L. Mckuin

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy IGP Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies Doctor of Philosophy

Lawrence Oliver Anderson*** Hunter Nicholas Araujo Adrian Alberto Arellano Denise Santella Arindaeng Michael Avugwi

Jaspal Singh Atwal

Armando Banda

John Walter Baker, Jr.

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Noe Saul Banuelos

Hanlin He

Teryn Lazette Batiste

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Han Kai Hsu

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Tapish Rathore

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Jun Hyung Shin

Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

James William Roche

Christina Tham

Anley Emanuel Tefera

Michael Tesfaldet Andemeskel

Candidates for master’s degree from the School of Engineering

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

Dylan Christopher Amezcua

Environmental Systems Master of Science

Enrique Barrera Nicholas Anthony Bautista Mariam Beg Anna Rosa Beltran Isabella Margarita Beltran Avery John Berchek*** Trenton Berner Isa Islam Bey Bryed Treyman Billerbeck Aleksandr Brodskiy Christopher Gerald Bruno Jill Cabantac David Cabral* Kening Cai

IGP Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates for baccalaureate degree from the School of Engineering

Joseph Aquino Camaddo

Shih-Ming Tsai

Amanda Abalos

Sebastian Xavier Carrillo-Maldonado

IGP Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies Doctor of Philosophy

Bennett Kuang Tai Widyolar Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

Lian Elizabeth Wong

IGP Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies Doctor of Philosophy

Kevin Christoph Alfonso Adriano

Asbury Ocampo Cao Andrew Stuart Cardozo

Luis Fernando Castellanos

Irian Aguiluz

Jahzel Castillo

Mohamed Hassan Ajam

Gurjit Singh Chahal

Ajee Lantey Akintunji

Gurtinder Chahal

Ethan Michael Albrigo

Kaycee Chang

Miguel Aleman

Yun Chul Chang*

Jeffrey Riaz Ali

Brian H. Chen


Class of 2018 | Sunday, May 13 Jacky Zhihong Chen

Charles M. Gray*

Zhi Peng Lu***

Jesse Chen

Steven Guevara

Rodolfo Luevano

Tzu-Huai Chen

Denise Lizette Gutierrez

Blair Dolores Macleod

Wesley Christopher Chen

Clayton Robert Guy

Gibran Mustafa Mahmud

Chun Leung Justin Cheung

Kaito Hakamata

Christopher Martin Mair

Kelvin Cheung

Benjamin Nus Hang

Robert Rosario Manuel, Jr.

Asia Con Chi

Ebelin Hernandez

Benjamin David Marshall**

Aaron Thomas Chiang

Juan Carlos Hernandez, Jr.

Daniel Bruce Martin

Merari Daniel Cisneros

Victor Hugo Hernandez

Robert Anthony Martin*

Joshua Elliott Clegg

Hayley Michelle Huerd*

Florentino Martinez

Morgan Spencer Cooney

Daniel Richard Hunt*

Itzel Ayamahen Martinez

Christian Joel Diaz

Shahrier Hussain

Alejandra Martinez Lopez

Lourdes Virginia Diaz

Kenny Hao Nhien Huynh

Leonard W. Massey, Jr.

Matthew David Dirks

Ryan Sakae Ishizu

Kevin Yoel Mazariegos

Kambi Dubey

Shaquil Mohammed Janif

Marina Medina

Kathleen Engracia Durias

Edgar Jesus Jimenez

Edgar Mejia

Akaash Nand Dutt

Joshua Wayne Jones**

Gregory Nikolaos Mellos**

Joseph Carlyle Ellett, III

Agnes Wambui Kagiri

Rosalino Arturo Mendez

Emma Valeria Favela Lugo

Michael David Kalua*

Manuel Gerardo Meraz

Alejandro Jose Ferrer- Ruiz

Harjinder Kaur

Daniel Anthony Meza

Gustavo Flores, Jr.

Timothy Kim*

Joseph Gregory Milton

Rolando Flores Morales

Kristofer Timothy Kline

Austin Harlow Mittman

Jeffrey Christian Foreman

Chatanya Konda

Tomas Monroy

Basia Clarice Gabela-Zuniga*

Derek Kwan

Armando Luis Montanez***

Vincent Gamboa Gallardo

Benjamin Oh Sung Kwon

Gustavo Jr Montero Contreras

Eric Gambetta-Guglielmana

Malachi Edward Landavazo*

Beatriz Morales Perez

Jonathan A. Garache

Miguel Andre Lane*

Stephanie M. Mose

Alexus Maria Garcia*

Marcus Lee

Victor Nadtochaev

Adam David Garza

Hang V. Liang

Shubham D. Naik

Brendan Paul Geck

Gloria Denise Labagnao Ligunas

Matthew John Nakaki**

Adiam Daniel G-Egzabher Yosief Issak Ghebresilasie Zachary Noble Gill Gregory Peter Girardi** Jose Manuel Gonzalez Michael John Grant

Liangming Lin Sherman Lin Jake Avery Lincoln Jonathan Paul Min-En Liu Jonathan Kue Lo Rigoberto Charles Lopez

Reinard Jeffrey T Nambayan Viridiana Michelle Navarro Reign Nelson Benjamin Curt Nilsen** Jocelyne Novoa Marin Lea O’Brien


Class of 2018 | Sunday, May 13 Daniel Juarez O’Connell

Rubalcava-Cruz**

Eliezar M. Vigdorchik

Andrew Edward O’Connor

Brandyn Reinhard Ryan

Nicholas Francis Waterman

Kevin James Ong

Eva Maria Salas

Colin Wong

Maria Klarissa Galang Ongpauco

Dominick Miles Salazar

Roman Wong

Jesus Armando Salcedo

Kosuke Yamada

Lisa Vanessa Salmeron

Paolo Miranda Yap

Sanketh Salveru

Julia Lee Young

Jesus Felipe Osuna Contreras

Daniel Eduardo Sanchez Garrido

Freddie Zamora-Cedillo

Furkan Kazim Ozedirne

Ian Lloyd Sather

Eleazar Pacheco

Logan Ray Ngin Seid

Salvador Thomas Padilla

Quratulaien Fatima Shah

Randall Anthony Soriano Paez

Jacob Michael Shelton

Ronnie James Dulay Panaligan

Angelo Pantig Sibal

Jesus Emmanuel Partida*

Jaspal Singh*

Yeash D. Patel

Isidro Solorio Jr.

Applied Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy

Christine Ashley Pedersen

Austin D. Stratton*

Paul George Barghouth

Jovani Perez

Edgar Reinhart Surya

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Julio Cesar Perez

Mark Ta

Johannes Joachim Brust

Edgar Perez-Lopez

Buenbien Vhinno Tan

Jonathan Nathan Peters

Jan Tanja

Michael William Picot

Muqqaddas Tariq

Jay Poovakan

Dawit Tekeste

Bret Daniel Potter*

Kevin Tien**

Elizabeth Patricia Pulido

Breena Marina Torquato

Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Daisy Rocio Ramirez Lopez

Alonso Torres

Alessandro Roberto Castelli

Javier Ramos

Emmanuel Torres

Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Christopher Scott Reed*

Nimitt Tripathy

Jiba Nath Dahal

Christopher Ryan Reps

Brian Andrew Tsan

Andres Reyes

Cristina Marie Vargas

Majok Francis Ring

Ulises Gabriel Vargas

Christina Dawn Robinson

Roger Vargas Ramirez

Michiro Robinson*

Sandy Joanna Vasquez

Joseph Chaves Rocha

Carlos Ignacio Vazquez

Juan Antonio Rodriguez

Isaac Josue Velasquez

Armando Rodriguez Vazquez

Rahul Vemuri

Jose Artemio

Heriberto Jr Vicencio

Olayinka Olabode Oredola* Diana Orta Melissa Katie Osia

Candidates for doctoral degree from the School of Natural ScienceS

Mohamed Yousry Aboukilila Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Mario Banuelos

Applied Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy

Dana Lynn Carper

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Joshua G. Casara

Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Devon Charles Cardoso Davidian

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Alison Aiko Huff

Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Nader Inan

Physics Doctor of Philosophy


Class of 2018 | Sunday, May 13 Cameron Lamar Jennings Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Travis Joseph Lawrence

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Qiaochu Li

Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Rory Alexander Locke Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Charles Nathan Melton Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Portia Mae Mira

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Makiko Tsukamoto Quint Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Shagun Rawat

Applied Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy

Melissa N. Ricketts Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Simar Jeet Singh

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Max Thorwald

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy Candidates for master’s degree from the School of Natural Sciences

Asa Francis Gardner Jr.

Quantitative and Systems Biology Master of Science Candidates for baccalaureate degree from the School of Natural Sciences

Reymundo Aguilar Gonzalez

Melina Monique Bobadilla

Jed Yambao Alfonzo

Ronan Christopher Bradley

Daisy Daniela Alvarado

Ashley Renae Brauchler*

Tzitlali A. Alvarado

Gabrielle Renee Bresson

Anthony L. Alvarez

Cory Bristow

Julia Adrianna Alvarez**

Dilpinder Singh Buttar

Cassandra Adora Alviz

Luis Cabanillas

Alyssa Gonzalvo America

Shirley Josefina Calderon

Christian Alex Amezquita

Susana Calderon**

Kristel Aprille Evangelio Andal

Candice Cam

Joshua Ifunanyachukwu Anwul

Jesus Campos Gatica

Joshua Apostol Angelo Robert Aragon Giovanni Arceo Marlenne Consuelo Arellano Gilberto Arroyo Jessica Denisse Arroyo Ian-Emmanuel Gorospe Arucan Gabriella Elena Arzate* Andrea Ascencio Murillo Julianne Wood Ashby Sofia R. Ayala Amy Thi Bach Taniya Badwal Amna Bibi Baluch Harace Samuel Bangah Natalie Banh Karelly Mariel Barajas* Alejandra Barajas-Diaz Roxanna Barragan Theodore Baza

Mounika Reddy Aavula

John Manuel Becerra, III*

Tatiana Abdulnour

Noah Paul Bessard

Caryl Joyce Agleam

Brandy Macayla Bibb

Melissa Aguilar

Noella Bih

Juan Carlos Campos-Ledezma Sabrina Marie Carpenter* Erika Carreno Manuel Carrillo Jr. Andres Casas Salvador Castaneda Barba Gabriela Castro Javier Castro Jr. Jonathan Edgardo Castro Cinthia Sarahi Castro Bautista Jamila Dasha Rayray Cayabyab* Katherine Chanthalangsy Zachary Mitchel Chatas Paul Santiago Chavez Alondra Chavez-Cruz Alexander Chen Huiyi Chen Kevin Chen Iheoma Regina Chieke Jose Alberto Chinchilla Giordan Moses Clutario Jordan-Autumn Devi Conley Austin Lee Conner Luis Contreras Raquel Contreras Vega


Class of 2018 | Sunday, May 13 Bethany Joy Cook

Eloisa Aide Garcia

Ken Huynh, Jr.

Diana Paloma Cortez

Jose Luis Garcia

Tin Ngoc Huynh

Rebecca Lauren Cosmero

Kathy Garcia

Stephanie Itzel Islas

Elizabeth Cruz

Nicolas Garcia

Taulelei Enriqueta Jackson

Patricia Jaqueline Cruz-Rivera

Steven Garcia***

Martha Agnes Jakubowski

Rosa Garcia-Caballero

Katrina Llanillo Johnson

Flavio Cesar Garcia-Ochoa

Pablo Juarez**

Faye Angela Ares Getubig

Lucy Njeri Kagiri

Hamelmal D. Gobezie

Ricky Kan

Adriana Karina Gomez

Pranuthi Kanneganti**

Carolina Gomez

Muhammad Karabala

Mariel Grace M. Gonzales

Peter Thomas Demitrios Karabinis

Karina Cuevas Cyrus Peter Dahm Rosemary Daluz Katrina Marie David Luis Enrique Davila Eduardo De Jesus Sabrina Serrano De Leon Jeanette De Loa Robert Dominic Degen*

Antonio Gonzalez III Arturo Gonzalez, Jr.

Arrada Karmonphet Satya Judith Karuppiah

Salvador Dela Cruz

Christina Del Rosario Gonzalez

Joel Delgadillo, Jr.

Emmanuel Gonzalez

Taranpreet Kaur

Jose M. Delgado

Julia Lucia Gonzalez

Katya Lien Tuyet Kha

Kaitlin Christina Delucchi

Ramces Gonzalez**

Alexa Marie Kostrikin

Selasie Amewusika De-Souza

Preston W. Griffin

Aditya Kumar

Harwinder Singh Dhillon

Kasandra Guerra*

Akanksha Kumar

Lisa Do

Dania Corina Guerrero

Samantha Leigh Larsen

Michael Minh Do

Michelle Guerrero

Hanh Thi Le

Gregory G. Dooman

Brenda Isabel Gutierrez Brizuela

Linsey Kimthanh Le

Evelyn Bernice Dumas Jennifer Claudia Echeverria Noha O. Elabed Carlos Jenar Espiritu Eltagunde*

Cristhian Gutierrez Huerta Iris Helena Guzman Leesa Annalyn Hagerman Christian Gregory Iglesia Hall

Kenya Gisell Estrada

Akil Hamsath

Tracy Mi Fang

Candace Colette Herb

Elizabeth Amber Farley

Jeanette Victoria Hernandez

Amy Denise Flores

Yanel Hernandez

Valeria Josephine Flores

Abraham Sayed Housini

Gerardo Flores Olmos

Tommy S. Huang

Alyson Lorraine Garcia

Jennay Kathryn Huerta

Devin Julian Garcia

Steve Joseph Hughes*

Karandeep Kaur

Eric Mojmong Lee Esmeralda Leon Jacob Nicholas Lewis Breeava Joyce Limbrick Molly Jean Lincoln Christie Meaghan Linh Jonas Konvalou Lo Yazmin Myrna Lommel* Jorge Edgar M. Lopez Rodolfo Lopez, Jr. Jose Lopez Noriega Jeanette Lopez-Ramos Daniela Lopez-Rodriguez


Class of 2018 | Sunday, May 13 Albert J. Ma

Diego Moreno

Justin Francisco Patton

Winston Hong Yee Ma*

Gaoly Amber Mouanoutoua

Jovanny Christian Pelayo

Clarisse Rochelle Macasaet

Mahrukh Mujeeb

Matthew James Pelfini

Isaura Mariela Macias*

Carol Joselyn Murguia Hernandez Gurshaan Nagra Eshita Nandini*

Elizabeth Pena

Maria Prisma Macias Cabrera Mark Magaway Jeremy Sheung Yee Mak* Ricardo Alejandro Maldonado Pooja Malhi Kara Marie Manuel Malig Ashley Chanel Marin Austin John Marler Deysi Denis Marquez Denzal Orlando Martin* Alejandra Martinez Joshua Regalado Martinez Maria Victoria Martinez Melissa Yvette Martinez Vanessa Martinez

Paula Christina Narcy George Samuel Nassif Alan Tuong Nguyen An Thien Nguyen Bichnhi Thi Nguyen Christine Hoang Nguyen Melissa Nguyen Namkha Nguyen** Tam Duy Nguyen Vivian Nguyen James Elgin Norman Maeve O’Brien

Evelyn Perez Lynnea Irene Perez Melissa Renae Perez Yanirong Phok Y Phun Daisy Yvonne Pineda Kimberly Lupita Pluma Sai Prasan Prabhakar* Stephanie A. Quezada* Ricardo Aparicio Quintero, Jr.* Alyssa Samantha Ramirez Ricardo Martinez Ramirez** Josue Ramirez Bonilla Osiris Yamileth Ramon Alex Ernesto Ramos

Elijah Alexander Maxfield

Matthew Spencer Natividad Ocampo

Joshua Matthew Maynard

Anais Belle Olivares**

Jamie Quinn Ranahan

Alicia Michelle Mejia

Brisa Del Mar Olivares

Harpreet Singh Randhawa

Salma Memon

Manuel Ortega III

Anna Olivia Rangel

Natalie Mendoza

Natalie Evelyn Ortez

Omar Rangel

Abbie-Leigh Hanae Meneses

Pedro Ortiz

Samantha Reveles

Zaia Sr Merza

Clarise Darlene Oseguera

Cecilia Lizeth Reyes-Almaraz

Alfonso Meza

Evan Salvador Padilla

Danny Rivas

Frutoso Meza

Miguel Enrique Padilla

Valeria Cardenas Rivera

Viviana Agustina Meza

Cydney Raquel Palecek

Yelizaveta Roberts

Amy Christine Miller

Stephanie Palma Morales

Rees John Robertson

Damien Dean Mills

Maricela Panduro

Itzel Rodriguez

Felix Euyoqui Mojica

Shen Kang Pang

Vanessa Guadalupe Rodriguez

Carina Montanez

Leslie Nichole Paredes

Karina Rojas Padilla

Iris Dayana Montes

Jacob T. Parker**

Cynthia Alejandra Rojero

Andi Montiel

Daniel G. Parra

Vicente Jose Morales

Paola Jaqueline Partida

Katia Mariela Roldan Camarillo

Cristian Danny Ramo

Johanna Romero


Class of 2018 | Sunday, May 13 Fazil Sadik

Gabrielle Marie Spalard

Lashia Tatyana Vang

Lonnie Chanhlynn Saetern

Daren Tyler Sue

Adan Antonio Vasquez

Lorena Salamanca

Yu Sun

Karen Michelle Vazquez Lopez

Michael Jonathan Salaz*

Tanya Vanessa Tafolla

Kenny Veliz*

Edelisa O. Salindo

Brandon Martin Tan*

Dan Tong Minh Viet***

Jonathan Aaron Sam

Russell James Tang*

Yvonne Vigil-Calderon

Sandeep Kaur Sanghera***

Chhaiyudh S. Tann

Brittany Nicole Villa

Damanpreet Kaur Sarai

Diego Tapia Silva

Veronica Valeria Villacorta

Salamasina Anastasia Satele

Mina Samir Tawfick

Stephanie Villagran

Nivia Savio

Edgar Antonio Torres

Frank John Volpa, IV

Rachael Ann Schaefer*

Ryan Jacob Torres

Olivia Nora Schmitz

Yvonne Leticia Torres

Thilini Samitha Wickramarachchi

Jacob Lawrence Schulke

Louisa Tostado

Joshua Steven Segales***

Nathan Chung Jing Toy

Kimberly Seng

Derek T. Tran

Julie Sengphong

Khanh Nhut Ho Tran

Antony Xavier Shenny

Jenny Trau

Michael Joseph Simon

Aurora Gabriela Trejo

Nickolas Joseph Simon

Timothy T. Trisnadi

Amninder Singh**

Amairani Verenice Valdivia

Khushboo Aartika Singh**

Clint Hezekiah Valencia

Cole William Smith

Samael Antonio Valle

Elizabeth Snavely

Angela Van

Sage Spyder Sorensen***

Emilee Vang

Karina Soria-Pimentel

Kandyce Paaj Ntsaim Vang

Steven Soto

Kyle Tsimnuj Vang

Sung Yip Wong Jonathan Duangchun II Wongsavanh* Simon Xi Wu Maihoulang Xiong Tristan Yuepheng Yang Elliott Ming Yim Sweta Yonjan Wendy Tzu Ping Yu Alondra Jordanna Zambrano Amy Zhou De Zhen Zhou*** Guadalupe Elizabeth Zuniga

The commencement ceremony and program are not official confirmations of degree information. Academic Honors are not awarded until after the term in which all requirements are completed. To receive academic honors at graduation, an undergraduate student must achieve a grade point average within the top 2 percent of the student’s school for highest honors (***), the next 4 percent for high honors (**), and the next 10 percent for honors (*).


AWARD RECIPIENTS | Class of 2018 UC M ERCED L EADE RS H IP AWAR D S Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Award SOHEIL FATEHIBOROUJENI The Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Award is the highest leadership award given to a graduating student who has pioneered new opportunities for those who follow.

Distinguished Leadership Award NIA KAMIL JONES The Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in the past academic year.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award ANLEY EMANUEL TEFERA The Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognizes a graduate student for exemplary leadership, service and commitment to our campus community.

Social Justice Leadership Award MAURICIO YAHIR TREJO NAJERA The Social Justice Leadership Award recognizes a student who has advocated for equity and inclusively while positively impacting the UC Merced campus and surrounding community.

NIH MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Scholar PABLO JUAREZ KENNY VELIZ The NIH MARC U-STAR is awarded to honors students majoring in biomedical or behavioral sciences who have expressed interest in pursuing postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D. – Ph.D., or other combined professional degree – Ph.D. in these fields upon completing their baccalaureate degree.


SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS | CLASS OF 2018 OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS | graduate division Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow PATRICIA CABRAL, Doctor of Philosophy, Psychological Sciences

Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship ANLEY EMANUEL TEFERA, Doctor of Philosophy, IGP Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies MAKIKO TSUKAMOTO QUINT, Doctor of Philosophy, Physics

Fletcher Jones Fellowship MARIO BANUELOS, Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Mathematics

Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship JOHANNES JOACHIM BRUST, Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Mathematics JOSUE ALEJANDRO FRANCO, Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science CAMERON LAMAR JENNINGS, Doctor of Philosophy, Physics TRAVIS JOSEPH LAWRENCE, Doctor of Philosophy, Quantitative & Systems Biology MAKIKO TSUKAMOTO QUINT, Doctor of Philosophy, Physics PETER JOSEPH RESCHKE, Doctor of Philosophy, Psychological Sciences RHEA RIEGEL, Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Humanities JESSICA MARIE ROSS, Doctor of Philosophy, Cognitive and Information Sciences MAX THORWALD, Doctor of Philosophy, Quantitative and Systems Biology LIAN ELIZABETH WONG, Doctor of Philosophy, IGP Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies WEIJIE ZHAO, Doctor of Philosophy, IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science KIM CHERYL MCMILLON, Doctor of Philosophy, IGP World Cultures

President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship JOSHUA G. CASARA, Doctor of Philosophy, Physics TREVOR Z. JACKSON, Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Humanities CHANITA INTAWAN, Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science


OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS | undergraduate School of Engineering MATTHEW JOHN NAKAKI, B.S., Bioengineering AVERY JOHN BERCHEK, B.S., Computer Science and Engineering ARMANDO LUIS MONTANEZ, B.S., Computer Science and Engineering MORGAN SPENCER COONEY, B.S., Environmental Engineering LAWRENCE OLIVER ANDERSON, B.S., Materials Science and Engineering ZHI PENG LU, B.S., Mechanical Engineering ELIEZAR M. VIGDORCHIK, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

School of Natural Sciences KENNY VELIZ, B.S., Biological Sciences emphasis in Human Biology JULIA ADRIANNA ALVAREZ, B.S., Biological Sciences emphasis in Molecular and Cell Biology SANDEEP KAUR SANGHERA, B.S., Chemical Sciences emphasis in Biological Chemistry LUIS ENRIQUE DAVILA, B.S., Earth Systems Science, minor in Natural Sciences Education DE ZHEN ZHOU, B.S., Physics emphasis in Mathematical Physics JOSUE RAMIREZ BONILLA, B.S., Applied Mathematical Sciences emphasis in Economics, minor in Natural Sciences Education with Teaching Credential PABLO JUAREZ, B.S., Biological Sciences emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology, minor in Natural Sciences Education

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts MONICA ADRIANA PERALES, B.A., English VERENIZE ARCEO, B.A., History SIMERPREET KAUR, B.A., Psychology NATALIE TATIANA FROST, B.S., Management and Business Economics KATRINA B. ARGAMOSA, B.A., Sociology


ACADEMIC SENATE AWARDS | 2017 – 2018 As we celebrate our graduates’ achievements, the UC Merced Academic Senate also congratulates the 2017-2018 Senate Award winners. Each year, the senate recognizes distinguished faculty who achieve excellence and bring distinction to the university through research, teaching and service.

Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a Senate Faculty Member DR. LAURA BEASTER-JONES, School of Natural Sciences DR. ASHLIE MARTINI, School of Engineering The Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a senate faculty member award encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.

Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a Non-Senate Faculty Member DR. MUFADHAL “MAK” M. AL-KUHLANI, School of Natural Sciences The Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a non-senate faculty member award encourages and recognizes the outstanding work and contributions of a non-senate faculty member in teaching undergraduates at UC Merced.

Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Mentorship DR. MIKE CLEARY, School of Natural Sciences The Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Mentorship award encourages and recognizes individual excellence in teaching at the graduate level and mentorship of graduate students.

Distinguished Early Career Research DR. CHRISTINE ISBORN, School of Natural Sciences The Distinguished Early Career Research award encourages and recognizes a non-tenured faculty member for research and/or other creative activities that have had a major impact on the field, either through a sustained record of contributions or through a specific, highly influential contribution.

Distinction in Research DR. AJAY GOPINATHAN, School of Natural Sciences The Distinction in Research award encourages and recognizes a tenured faculty member for research and/ or other creative activities that have had a major impact on the field, either through a sustained record of contributions or through a specific, highly influential contribution.

Dr. Fred Spiess Distinguished Service to the Academic Senate DR. ANNE ZANZUCCHI, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts The Dr. Fred Spiess Distinguished Service to the Academic Senate award recognizes a faculty member who has performed outstanding service to the Academic Senate, campus and/or systemwide, and whose contributions have had a major impact on faculty governance.

Distinguished Scholarly Public Service DR. YANGQUAN CHEN, School of Engineering The Distinguished Scholarly Public Service award recognizes a faculty member who has energetically and creatively applied his or her professional expertise and scholarship to benefit the local, regional, national or international community.

Excellence in Faculty Mentorship DR. MARCOS GARCÍA-OJEDA, School of Natural Sciences The Excellence in Faculty Mentorship award encourages and recognizes individual excellence in faculty mentorship and the creation of an environment in which faculty can flourish.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, merced leadership A DMIN I S TRATI V E Dorothy Leland

Chancellor

Luanna Putney

AC ADE M IC THOMAS W. Peterson

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Gregg Camfield

Associate Chancellor and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

Vice Provost for faculty and Professor

Elisabeth Günther

Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education

E. Edw. Klotzbier

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division

Chief Campus Counsel

Vice Chancellor Chief External Relations Officer

Veronica Mendez

Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer

Michael McLeod

Vice Chancellor Chief Operating Officer

Charles Nies

Vice Chancellor Student Affairs

Sam Traina

Elizabeth Whitt Marjorie S. Zatz

BETSY R. Dumont

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

Mark Matsumoto

Dean of the School of Engineering

Jill Robbins

Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts

Ann Kovalchick

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer

Haipeng Li

Vice Chancellor Research and Economic Development

University Librarian

Michael Reese

Senate Chair and Professor of History

Vice Chancellor Emeritus Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

Susan D. Amussen Kurt Schnier

Senate Vice Chair and Professor of Economics

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BOARD OF REGENTS Appointed Regents MARIA ANGUIANO RICHARD C. BLUM GARETH ELLIOTT HOWARD “PETER” GUBER GEORGE KIEFFER SHERRY L. LANSING HADI MAKARECHIAN PAUL MONGE ELOY ORTIZ OAKLEY LARK PARK JOHN A. PÉREZ RICHARD SHERMAN

ELLEN TAUSCHER CHARLENE ZETTEL

Ex Officio Regents JERRY BROWN GAVIN NEWSOM ANTHONY RENDON TOM TORLAKSON JANET NAPOLITANO J. ALBERTO LEMUS FRANCESCO MANCIA


TRADITIONS AND SYMBOLS Regalia Academic ceremonies, with their gowns, mortarboards, tassels, hoods and maces are colorful traditions handed down from European universities of the Middle Ages. The first organized institutions of learning took form during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, generally under the jurisdiction of the church. Academic regalia, as we know it today, evolved from the robes, hoods, and caps worn mainly for warmth in unheated buildings by the clerics, monks, and priests who were the first students. While European universities continue to show great diversity in their academic dress, American universities, in 1895, adopted a code of academic uniformity. The colors, designs, and opulence used in the tassels, hoods, velvet and satin trimmings, and robes you see today designate everything from the level of degree held by the wearer, the field of study, and the institution from which the degree was earned. Agriculture Maize Arts, Letters, Humanities White Commerce, Accountancy, Business Drab Dentistry Lilac Economics Copper Education Light Blue Engineering Orange Fine Arts, including Architecture Brown Forestry Russet Journalism Crimson Law Purple Library Science Lemon Medicine Green Music Pink Nursing Apricot Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray Pharmacy Olive Green Philosophy Dark Blue Physical Education Sage Green Public Administration, including Foreign Service Peacock Blue Public Health Salmon Pink Science Golden Yellow Social Work Citron Theology Scarlet Veterinary Science Gray


The S eal of the U ni v ersity of C ali fornia The University of California has used two different seals over its lifetime. The present seal, which was authorized to be designed in 1903, was put into use in 1910. Designed by Tiffany and Company, the seal incorporates symbolic icons and phrases that represent the portrait of the image of the University. The open book is symbolic of the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge; the letter “A” highlighted in the text of the book represents the beginning of wisdom. Above the book is a five-pointed star emanating rays of light, which also represents the discovery and sharing of knowledge. The English translation of the university motto, “Fiat Lux,” or “Let There be Light” is displayed upon a scroll, representing the coming of light, knowledge and wisdom into the world. The date upon the seal is the founding date of the University. The Chancellor ’s M edal The Chancellor’s Medal is worn at ceremonial observances as a part of the chancellor’s regalia. At the center is the University of California seal. The back of the medal displays the names of the campus’s chancellors and year he or she was inaugurated. The UC M erced M ace The academic mace’s symbolism is derived from the mythological club of Hercules. During European medieval times, maces began to be used for civil purposes and were carried in processions of city mayors and of other dignitaries. Eventually the mace became a symbol also for academic institutions, an emblem of order and authority in the pageantry of ceremonial occasions. The mace stands for lawful power and regal authority, and was carried by Zeus, the Greek God of moral law and order. Most academic maces take the same general shape. At the top is an ornament placed on a bulbous head; ring-shaped enlargements are found on the shaft; and the base is a round, foliated ornament. The UC Merced mace was a gift from the Class of 2008, to represent the history, ideals and goals of the university. Local woodworker, Pope Lawrence, designed and created the ceremonial mace. The UC Merced mace was turned and assembled from walnut wood. The mace head is from a tree grown in the Central Valley area near Le Grande and the wood for the shaft came from a tree grown in Petaluma. The mace has a Chancellor’s Medal inset in the head and a California Sesquicentennial “Diversity” coin in the base.


Since UC Merced’s inception, each graduating class has carried on the tradition of giving a gift to the university, leaving a legacy for future Bobcats to come. The UC Merced Class of 2018 has contributed to their alma mater and will be recognized for their philanthropic support through the installation of Bobcat Bricks on campus. Every personalized brick recognizes each donor’s journey and will help pave the future of UC Merced. Be a part of the tradition by supporting the 2018 Class Gift online at giving.ucmerced.edu/bobcat-brick-commencement-2018.


LE T TH E JO U R NEY C O NT IN UE … Today, UC Merced is proud to welcome the 13 th graduating class into the UC Merced Alumni Association – expanding to over 9,000 members. With regional chapters, annual events and the establishment of new traditions, the UC Merced Alumni Association serves as a bridge for alumni to maintain a lifelong relationship with their alma mater.

UC Merced alumni are valued members of the university community and important advocates who contribute to the campus through their leadership, public service and philanthropic support. Alumni continue to make an impact on campus and in their respective communities, aiding in the advancement of the university’s mission.

UC MERCED ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Learn about how to get involved and how to give back, visit alumni.ucmerced.edu.


UC Merced Commencement, Spring 2018  

UC Merced is graduating 1,250 students this spring, and conferring 52 doctoral candidates — the most in the campus’s 12-year history.

UC Merced Commencement, Spring 2018  

UC Merced is graduating 1,250 students this spring, and conferring 52 doctoral candidates — the most in the campus’s 12-year history.

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