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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 14th commencement, and once your degree is conferred, you will join the more than 9,000 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. You are now part of an exclusive community of scholars who have earned degrees from the most respected public university system in the world, the University of California. As you prepare to leave campus, I invite you to reflect on the path that led you to UC Merced. Whether you arrived as a first-year, transfer or graduate student, your efforts inside and outside the classroom and lab have prepared you to embark on the next journey of your personal and professional lives. You will always be a part of our Bobcat family, and we can’t wait to see the great things you will accomplish and the positive impact you will have on our society and in our communities. On behalf of the UC Merced community, I congratulate you on your academic achievements and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Fiat Lux,

Dorothy Leland Chancellor


PRO GR AM SATURDAY, MAY 18 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 GENESIS TAYLOR HESTER, Class of 2019

WELCOME REMARKS

GREGG CAMFIELD Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

CHANCELLOR’S ADDRESS

DOROTHY LELAND Chancellor

STUDENT REMARKS

VICTORIA ARIAS, Class of 2019

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES AND CONFERRAL OF DEGREES GREGG CAMFIELD Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

MARJORIE ZATZ Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division

DOROTHY LELAND Chancellor

MARK MATSUMOTO Dean, School of Engineering BETSY R. DUMONT Dean, School of Natural Sciences

ALUMNI REMARKS

KEITH ELLIS, Class of 2012 UC Merced Alumni Association President JASON CASTILLO, Class of 2009 Commencement 2009 Student Speaker

ALMA MATER

“My Merced” Performed by MICHAELA SUE ABEGAIL CERENO, Class of 2019

CLOSING REMARKS

GREGG CAMFIELD Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

RECESSIONAL MUSIC

“Sine Nomine” by Ralph Vaughan Williams


CANDIDATES FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Arghavan Alamatsaz Mechanical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy

Nicholas Cullen Dove Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

Angel Santiago Fernandez Bou Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

Shamima Islam Daniel Anderson Winkler IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy

Lian Elizabeth Wong

Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering Doctor of Philosophy

Yi Zhu

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy

Lixia Jin

Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

CANDIDATES FOR MASTER’S DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Yijun Li

Mickeal Theodore Ades

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy

Mechanical Engineering Master of Science

Andres Munoz Hernandez

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Mechanical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy

Mina Naghshnejad

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy

Jacob Rafati Heravi

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy

Ramin Raziperchikolaei

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy

Joseph Patton Rungee II Environmental Systems Doctor of Philosophy

Maryam Shadloo

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy

Sabah Ul-Hasan

Quantitative & Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Nakul Agarwal

Christian Giovanni Aguayo

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Di An

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Lindsey Joy Jerome Environmental Systems Master of Science

Ruben Lemus

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Maria Alejandra Lozano Rodriguez Mechanical Engineering Master of Science

Jaycee Itzel Martinez Environmental Systems Master of Science

Luis Antonio Mendez

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Mudit Misra

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Twinkle Hasmukh Mistry IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Felipe Euyoqui Mojica

Marisela Angel

Yusuke Niiro

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Taylor Nicole Fugere

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Mireille Sophie Gutierrez Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Laura Colleen Hanel

Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Mechanical Engineering Master of Science

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Arjun Prakash

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Amar Saini

IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Master of Science

Susan Marie Soltau Environmental Systems Master of Science


Thomas McEwen Templeton

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management

Adrian Modesto Villegas Mechanical Engineering Master of Science

Nicholas Alexander Walters Mechanical Engineering Master of Science

Alyssa Michelle Young

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Master of Management CANDIDATES FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Connor Gregory Aaron Travis R. Abate Matthew Ryan Abrey Jeffrey Ooi Aceves* Erik Elias Aguilar Rudra Bala Aiyar Joshua Toshiro Akaba Marco Antonio Alcala Mekuanent Alemu Yurithzy Marina Alfaro Gomez Mohammed Amin Amwas* Mark Jeffery Armstrong Jr.* Antonio Arreola Jr. Jose Carlos Arteaga** Miguel Angel Banales Soto Jr. Timothy Barahona Christian Basulto Matthew Alcala Bawalan Onasis Becerra Gonzalez

Kabir Teghbahadur Singh Bijani

Diana Phuong Uyen Dang

Emily Marina Bossiere*

Precious Camill V. De Los Reyes

Joseph Andrew Bowen Christine D. Breckenridge** Addison R Brenneman Aaron Paul Brinkerhoff** Veronica Ann Briones Eric Alexander Brown Hunter Ellis Brown** Kapil M Bulsara Leo Alonso Cabrera Zhi Yuan Cai Ruben Itiel Calvario Celeste Jillian Canales Chester Maniego Canonizado

Jorge De Haro Silva

Michael Harrison Dealbert Francis Caan Delrosario Sonia Nilofer Desaidamle* Shawn Robert Dewall Manpreet Singh Dhami Eduardo Diaz Fisher C. Dietz Stephanie Joan Dube Jorge Luis Duran Andrea Duran Parra Jason David Eckenrode Sebastian Edinger

James Morias Cardoso

Nanditha Embar

Christopher Reuel Carlson

Mason R Evans

Mason Overton Carter

Monica Linda Pulido Ferrera

Christopher Chalabi Zhaoyin Chen* Chi Yin Cheng Glen Choy Codey King Chuc Charles Young Chung Patrick Isaac Coldivar-Valencia Julian Brian Cook Cristian Saul Cortes Amiel Ray P Cristobal Djanssen Daumier Santos Cruz Javier Cuara Alan Cuautle-Palafox Moataz Dahabra

Maximiliano Figueroa Daniel Patrick Flavin Cynthia Ana Garcia Martin Anthony Garnica Peyton Richard Glynn David Anthony Gomez Bria Christeen Gonzalez Giovanni Gonzalez Araujo* Andrea Susan Gould Justin Patrick Green Ryan Joseph Griffin Dawit Metassebia Hailemariam Arturo Hernandez Miguel Hernandez


Jose Ricardo Herrera

David Peter Lohmann III

Caleb Michael Moriarty

Keanu Cruz Herrera

Alex Lopez

Adam Lorenzo Nasser

Genesis Mariana Higueros***

Sigi Abshalom Lopez

Gordon Ng

Josue Loya

David Nieves-Cruz

Junguang Lu*

Edgar Rafael Ochoa

Juan De Dios Mariscal

Nancy Veronica Ojeda

Curtis John Marks

Amanda Nichole Olson*

Christian Francis Alconis Martin

Mario Jonathan Ortega Garcia

Alexis Bladimir Martinez

Arturo Ortiz Gonzalez

Carlos Martinez

Madoka Oyama*

Paty Mascorro

Rolly Bonachita Padua

Danny Mauricio

Daniel Joseph Takeshi Palmer

Brandon Mejino Hill Ian Jeremy Hinojosa Brian Tien Hoang Nathan Alexis Huizar Avneel S. Hundal Jarrett Martin Kekoa Ibanez Indalecio* Joshua Garrison Jensen Yiying Jie Derrick David Joe Beau Keefa Johnson Najibullah Abraham Karimi Ezekiel Maleik Knox Arjun Kohli Luke Thomas Kostrikin Chi Hong Kou Brian Allan Krause Mitchell Kenneth Kuiper Alec Ryan Kwiatkowski Kelvin Kayu Lam Randy Lam

Andrew D. Medina Josue Eduardo Mejia Luis Angel Mejia* Luis Giovanni Mejia Jagger Lee Kalani Melcher Emmanuel Melgoza Barajas* Emily Mendez Mario Gustavo Mendez Francisco Antonio Mendoza Patricia Kaye Delos Santos Mendoza

Evgeny Panferov** Mia Frances Parelius Hridaya A. Patel Jesus Ricardo Perez Hernandez Erik Perez Luna Gabriel Picazo Jordan Alberto Pineda Daniel Bryan Pugh Angel Emanuel Ramirez Hernandez Anthony Otoniel Ramirez

Christian Mendoza Rueda

Edwin Alexander Ramirez

Maria Annabelle Mesina*

Fernando Ramirez Jr.

Mark Austin Miller

Dana Kristine Tan Ramos

Meer M Mohamad

Inah Rosette Raquedan

Maxime Moison*

Abigail Naomi Renteria

Klarisse B Moncada

Andrew C. Reyes

Ilian Mondragon**

Daniel Octavio Reyes

Khai Yuan Liew*

Luke S. Mooney

Elsie M Reyes

Zachary Joseph Light

Brian Timothy Moore***

Marylou Robles

Juan Angel Linarez

Andrew Eden Morgan

Jose Angel Robles Alvarez

Horacio Ledesma Tyler Lennen* Kevin Rolando Leon Ortiz Ka Wai Liang Raiden Lieng Jonathan Stanley Lievano Aguilar


Julian Rodriguez

Christian A. Tran

Bizet Vladimir Rodriguez Velez

Patrick Tran

Ericka Crystal Hernandez Rosas Sergio Rosendo Connor Jack Ross Marqose Brandon Saephan Prabhdeep Samra* Gabriela Sanchez Jesus Sanchez Kimberly Guadalupe Sandoval David Michael Satyadi Mark Magno Shelor Oscar De Jesus Sillas Troy Marcus Simpkins

Cruz Trenado Troy Benedict Trinkle Juan A. Udave Barrera Banyem Kobindi Ufoegbune Abraham Uribe David Valles Delavan Laurencot Vannaken***

Mohit Sairam Veligenti Christian Vernikoff

Vardhan Piyush Solanki

Christopher Lewis Walker***

William D Stanton Kyle Alexander Stephan Ethan Robert Stobbe** Jerico Ryan Lee Suguitan Raymond Albert Tello Anmoljot Singh Thandi Khin Yadanar Thein Austin Riley Thomas* Charles Tolentino Annaliza Perez Torres Christopher San Jose Toy Anthony Tran

Amir Keshavarz

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Tom Kim

Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Dan Landayan

Joseph David Lopes

Alfredo Vasquez Gomez

Maria Catherine Villarosa

Nicholas Souchitto

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Ricardo Vasquez

Tajinder Singh**

Luis Angel Soto

Alyssa Minh Doan Hua

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Christopher Raul Villanueva

Athalia Jezabel Solis

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Miguel Angel Vasquez

Simranjit Singh

Alejandro J. Solis

Joel Curtis Heisler

Michael Nicoli Wallace Benjamin Wang Adam Lucas Whitehurst*

Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Bryan Jozef Maelfeyt Physics Doctor of Philosophy

David Patrick Morgan

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Tayebeh Sheida Riahinasab

Physics Doctor of Philosophy

Eric John Roberts

Danny Wu

Applied Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy

Daniel K. Xiong

Xianghai Sheng

Andy Edward Yang Cristian Ybarra Andrew Yeh Richard Yeh Danny Zamora CANDIDATES FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES

Carissa J Dunn

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Michael Thomas Stobb Applied Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy

Jessica Renee Taylor Applied Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy

Johnathon James Thompson

Physics Doctor of Philosophy


Sabah Ul-Hasan

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy

Kristen Marie Valentine

Quantitative and Systems Biology Doctor of Philosophy CANDIDATES FOR MASTER’S DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES

Cassandra Josette Ashley Nanney

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Master of Science CANDIDATES FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES

Peter F Abad Anissa Nasser Abdullah Abbigail Hope Abellana Jad Mouin Aboulhosn Gino Lorenzo Acevedo* Summer Grace Adams Dami Adedeji Mofiyinfoluwa Oluwagbemileke Adeleke Vivian Joan Aguilar Patricia Estephany Alcala Aparicio Sheikha Ahmad Ali* Diane Mae Almazar Jansy Janneth Alvarado

Christiana Marie Arriola Angelica Maria Arroliga Slater

Sharmaine Yvonne Cauntay Prubjot Kaur Chahal

Gamilla Saleh Abad Assad

Diana Chan Guzman

Sahitya Atluri

Derek Chang

Santiago Ernesto Ayala

Leliana Nguyen Chao

Alfonso Barajas

Sharandeep Kaur Chauhan

Lorena Barajas Marily Barron Jasmine Berenice Basurto Camille Dolores Bell Mariel Monet Francisco Benigno

Ruben Jr Chavez Sonia Chavez Michael Sang Hwun Chi* Wendy Cintora Orozco Robert Anthony Collins

Andrew Betancourt

Eduardo A. Contreras

Sinoil Betashoor

Ariana Alejandra Contreras Gutierrez

Kirat Kaur Brar Elizabeth Bravo Raymond Huunhan Bui Melanie Cua Bunggay Christian Shizuo Burns* Eva Cai Cindy Stephanie Calderon Correa

Cassandra Goretti Coria Savannah Renee Corsaro Claudia Cortez Sarah Jane Courtney** Brenda Cruz Chelsy Tiy Cummings Shivali Dave

Jennifer Xiomara Campos

Daisy De La Torre

Itati Angelica Campos Ramirez

Bianca De Los Santos

Abel Campos-Melendez

Marissa Delgado

Yeico Scott Canseco Jesse Randal Cantrell

Justin Dwayn Debow Avninder Singh Dhillon

Socorro Cardoso

Edelis Ismaray Diaz Machado

Mohammad Awnie Ammar

Edward Emilio Carias-Cardona

Carlos Alexis Dominguez Calzada

Jonathan Anaya

Jesus Castaneda

Chandler Marie Dunham

Cesia Eunice Anaya Valdez

Hannah Marie Agno Castillo

Sandra Cecilia Duran-Robles*

Henry Cristopher Castillo

Dianne Espiritu Eltagunde*

Ulyses Alvarado Olvera Hector Alvarez Carmona

Jacqueline Alicia Arellanes Victoria Arias Daniela Itzel Arias Perez

Madeline Kaye Castro


Breanna Escobar

Iris Rubi Gutierrez

Austin Leonardo

Birginia Espinoza

Vanessa Guzman-Rivera

Manuel-Alexandro Esquivel Andrade

Timothy M. Haan

Russella Martha Agapito Licas Stephanie Joana Linares

Alora Marissa Estrada

Elizabeth Lauren Hammond

Jade Michelle Fachin*

Aubrey Anne Hayes

Sarah Natasha Lopez

Bryce E. Fairless

Christopher Joseph Hock

Stephanie Lopez

Domenica Figueroa

Brandon B. Hudson*

Jennifer Rodriguez Flores*

Stephanie Huie

Stephanie Brenda Lopez Alvarado*

Christopher Whitney Fong*

Chidozie E. Ike

Chuntug Asa Marasigan Francisco Humberto Frausto Brian Luis Freeman Vandan Mitesh Gajjar Samantha Gallegos Perez Bianca Celeste Garibay Cassandra Abygail Gastelum

Axel M. Inglis Emily Noelle Irias Nalleli C. Isordia Dax Mostoles Javier Jr. Fernanda Lizeth Jimenez Luciano Francisco Jimenez Angel Isamel Juarez Benjamin Caleb Juarez Xavier Juarez

Bianey Gaxiola

Ramneek Kaur Kahlon

Sheila Ghafouri

Simone Ashleigh Kastner

Mariel Samantha Ginete

Harkiranjeet Kaur

Yogev Gluzman*

Bhonesa E Kirpal

Javier Gomez

Jonah M Knopp-Sargoni

Evan S. Gong

Rachel Brianna Krausert

Alondra Gabriela Gonzalez

Sariah R Lafourche

Andres Gonzalez

Philip Lam

Brianna Espinoza Gonzalez

Michael Jonathan Lara

Brisa Santos Gonzalez

Alexis S. Lau

Giovanna Angelina Gonzalez

Eric Jacob Lebish

Marianne Gonzalez

Carlos Alejandro Ledesma-Batista

Diana Fernanda Guerra

Alexandra Marie Ledvina

Madailein May Guerrero

Ching Nou Lee**

Sofia Guillen

Dylan Lee

Gurtaj Singh Gurai

Viangkaeo Lee*

Luis Loera*

Salvador Lopez Ramirez Bee Lor Angel Louis-Coles Aileen Abigail Macias Indiana Elizabeth Madden*** Ashleen K Mann Jasmean Kaur Mann Edgar Basilio Marquez Alexis Anissa Martens Amanda Alexis Martinez Jasmin Martinez Jennifer Alejandra Martinez Yosselin Martinez-Castillo** Harrison Jewell Mausolff Cory Storm McCullough** Socorro Medina Dora Alicia Mendez Sergio Rene Mercado Julian Michael William Merritt Miguel A. Meza Balbin Kate Airam Mocinos Kenia Andrea Mocinos Asmaa Mohamed


Shivam Mohan

Marcus Anthony Perez

Yamilex Rosas

Jessica Alexandra Molina Borda

Mryna Jocelyne Perez

Shayan Rostami

Maria Del Carmen Perez Perez

Angel Rubalcava*

Yulissa Tonatzin Perez Rojas

Benjamin Hartman Rumbaugh**

Victoria M Mollard** Steven Thomas Montoya Lorena Beatriz Moreno Aguilar

Michaela C. Picazo*

Maria Jose Moreno Lopez

Amanda Marie Pimentel

Karla Mosqueda

James Michael Pinney

Elizabeth Mota

Rainier Francisco Pizarro

Jaskiran Kaur Nat

Melanie Plascencia

April Ringpis Navarrete

Mimi Pomephimkham

Regina Marie Nesper

Erick Ponce

Terri Ngai

Nataly Noemi Prado

Jasmine Ngo*

William Pratcher II

Darlene C. Nguyen

Bianca Alexandra Almeda Quiazon

Hy Tran Nguyen Kendrick Khang Nguyen Kimberly Minh Nguyen Nhung Thi Nguyen Rocky Doi Nguyen James Elgin Norman Carlos Olivares-Quintana Michelle Kim On* Areli Judit Orozco Elizabeth Ortiz-Rios Preet Kaur Pabla Reina Pacheco Martinez Hawa Ross Padmore Adryan Daryll Badar Paez Christopher Hing Wai Pang Nima Karim Partovi Avalon Magdalena Patton Karen Mayte Penaloza Liliana Perez

Gabriel Mark Quindara Pearl Adelle Rakowski*** Cristian Ramirez Daniela Ramirez Julia Ramos Martinez Jesus Gilberto Rascon Gustavo Yeriel Razo Bradley Chance Reed Sharmayne Jessica Reyes Jaylen Amber Reyna Maria G. Rodela Felipe Rodriguez Juan Leonardo Rodriguez II Zulema Rodriguez Ana Gabriela Rodriguez Cervera

Jacqueline Rubio

Vivian Thao Saephan Charndeep Kaur Sahota Andrea Beatriz Salinas Vanessa Salvatierra Daniela Sanchez Nicole Raposas Sanchez Nicolle Alejandra Sanchez Noel Sanchez Roberto Sanchez Kylee Renee Sandoval Patricia Perez Sandoval Elizabeth Yasmin Santos Amaia Jo Sarasqueta Daniel Savala* Xitlali Sedano Jimenez*** Abhijot Sekhon Homero Servin Naranjo Erica Sharma Monique Alondra Sierra Alina Silva Juan Jose Silva Andrade Evelyn A. Silvas Elyssa Christiane Simpson** Amritpal Singh* Gagandip Singh*** Gurbinder Singh**

Joshua James Roe*

Gursimran Singh

Citlali Rojas

Jaspal Jassi Singh

Yannira Rosales

Karmanjit Singh


CL ASS OF 2019 SATURDAY, MAY 18 Megan Elizabeth Smith*

Toufu Vang

Amanda Ib Ya

Kyle J. Snook

Yasmine Summer Vang

Mariaelena Ybarra

Carla Selena Soto

Carlo Alberto Vasquez

Peter Kyungtai Yoon

Sushma Srivalli Tadi

Nathan Vasquez

Brenda J. Yu*

Elizabeth Tafolla-Lara

Samantha Yadira Vazquez

Samirah Maher Zada

Alyssa May Tajonera

Thomas Austin Veenhuyzen

Alexis Zamudio-Torres

James Edward Tamayo Tiffany Thuy Ngoc Tang Huma Tanver Mercedes Tawiah Madison Nichole Taylor Ashley Samantha Tejada Susana Tejeda-Garibay* David Dai Teng Jadie Lynn Teurn Addison Chai Thao Tracey Mee Thao Imrinder Singh Toor Samantha G. Torres Korayma Torres Rodriguez

Joseph J. Veneracion Mario Alberto Villalobos Bridget Villanueva Melina Raquel Villasenor Joshua Samuel Villegas Ryanjit S. Virk** Adela Anne Vea Vitug Emily Thuy Duyen Thi Vu Jennifer Phung Vu Brian Alexander Vuong Brian Peng Wang** Thilini Samitha Wickramarachchi

Quy Nhan Tran

Whitney Elizabeth Williams*

Robert Tran

Destini Wilson

Malia Lynn Tymous

Andrew Michael Wong

Natalie G. Ureno

John Tin Peng Wong Jr.***

Norma Angelica Valeriano

Tshu Fue Xiong

Lucy Huynh Van

Amanda Sharon Xu

Pao Choua Vang

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 (*). Posthumous degrees are denoted by the following symbol ( ).


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 ZHANE' TIARA MEJINO, Class of 2019

WELCOME REMARKS

GREGG CAMFIELD Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

CHANCELLOR’S ADDRESS

DOROTHY LELAND Chancellor

STUDENT REMARKS

CYDNEY YUNIQUE CARADONNA, Class of 2019

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES AND CONFERRAL OF DEGREES GREGG CAMFIELD Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

MARJORIE ZATZ Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division

DOROTHY LELAND Chancellor

JEFFREY GILGER Interim Dean School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

ALUMNI REMARKS

KEITH ELLIS, Class of 2012 UC Merced Alumni Association President JASON CASTILLO, Class of 2009 Commencement 2009 Student Speaker

ALMA MATER

“My Merced” Performed by BROOKLYNN PHAM, Class of 2009

CLOSING REMARKS

GREGG CAMFIELD Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

RECESSIONAL MUSIC

“Sine Nomine” by Ralph Vaughan Williams


CANDIDATES FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES AND ARTS

Michael Gilbert Barba

Interdisciplinary Humanities Doctor of Philosophy

Kayla S. Canelo

Political Science Doctor of Philosophy

Patrice Renée Cobb Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Jennifer Miranda Knothe Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Kevin Parker Kwan Public Health Doctor of Philosophy

Daniel Mello

Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Doris Dakin Perez

Interdisciplinary Humanities Doctor of Philosophy

Megan Alyssa Pronovost Psychological Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

Amy Louise Vasconcellos Sociology Doctor of Philosophy

Chia Xiong

Sociology Doctor of Philosophy CANDIDATES FOR MASTER’S DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES AND ARTS

Sarah Alnahari Public Health Master of Science

René Becerra Sociology Master of Arts

Harmanpreet Kaur Chauhan Public Health Master of Science

Maria Andrea Escobar

Gerardo Aguilar Valladares Nancy Erendyda Aguilera Adilene Alberto**

Sociology Master of Arts

Cristóbal Alberto

Cristina Ornelas Gomez

Judy Alcala-Sanchez

Interdisciplinary Humanities Master of Arts

Vincente Celestino Mata Jr. Sociology Master of Arts

Bianca M.L. Negrete Coba Interdisciplinary Humanities Master of Arts

Cinthia Estefania Quesada Sociology Master of Arts

Melissa Crystal Quesada Sociology Master of Arts

Lilly Moriah Vargas

Interdisciplinary Humanities Master of Arts

Jennifer Viviana Zamora

Xochilt Alcala Quinonez* Ashley Alejandra Alejandre Israel Alonso Diana Vanessa Alvarado Natalia Alvarado Victor Hugo Alvarado Jr Elizabeth Alvarado Aguilar Damaris Christine Alvarez Karely Alvarez Olivia Alvarez Kevin Alvarez Chavez Jose M. Alvarez Zamora William Talbot Aman Jose Manuel Amaya

Interdisciplinary Humanities Master of Arts

Candelaria Maria Amezquita

CANDIDATES FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE FROM THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES AND ARTS

Jasmin Floricel Amezquita Roque

Nesha Abedi Abigail Aceves Yajaira Guadalupe Acosta Hernandez Emily Ann Alejo Africa* Rodrigo Fabian Aguila Audrey Dhamar Aguilar

Jennifer Angeles Zuleika Angeles Ricardo Angulo Flor Itzel Aquino Ortiz Erick Antonio Aranzabal Christian Arellanes Leon Yasmin Ariza Arzate Andrea Arredondo Tovilla

Diego Hernan Aguilar Jr.

Mario Alberto Arreguin Lanuza

Lily Erena Aguilar Torres

Nancy Esthela Arreola


Basilio Arroyo-Rico

Maira Bueno

Guadalupe Castro Morales

Stacey Silda Ascencio

Michelle Bui

Aileen Castro Saldate

Nikita Natalia Avalos

Karen Bustamante

Ellisia Inez Castro-Ibey

Patricia Avila

Alena MonaĂŠ Byers

Leslie Castro-Rocha

Yannett Avila**

Sergio Arturo Cabrales

Juan Julian Cazares

Joseph Ibrahim Awwad

Emily Marian Cabrera

Jessica Lilibeth Celestino

Mohammad Saleem Aziz

Mason Samuel Cain

Jonathan Cerda

Arlet Karina Badillo

Guadalupe Calderon

Harmandip Singh Bains

Taylor Calleja Balbuena

Michaela Sue Abegail Cereno

Neha Bains

Candyce Guadalupe Camacho

Brandon Michael Quinones Baldomero**

Sofia Judith Cervantes Breanna Marie Cevallos

Ramon Campos Corrales

Priscilla Grace Chan

Berenice Jaqueline Ballinas

Grisell Anahi Canas

Seleen Chan

Cassie Alexa Baloue

Brennen John Canfield

Chouang Chang

Eric Banh

Gustavo Adolfo Capilla

Rick Minh Chau

Krizza Baniaga

Cydney Yunique Caradonna

Karnvir Singh Chauhan

Nancy Alejandra Caraveo Infante

Amorie Nicole Chavez

Yesica Barajas Anzueth Maricielo Barela Andrea Barriga Osmara Y. Bautista

Daniela Cardenas

Adrian Chavez Daisy Lorena Chavez Gloria Lilliana Chavez

Aritza-Mae Bautista Cortez

Alejandra Cardenas Cendejas

Beyanira Bautista Martinez

Jessica Ivone Cardoso

Melissa Elizabeth Becerra Jorge Armando Beltran*

Clarissa Jean Gener Carino

Genesis Stephanie Benitez

Gabriela Ruby Carranza

Jocelyn Chin

Roberto Daniel Bernal

Yahaira Guadalupe Carrillo

Carol Jieyi Choi*

Aileen Celeste Castellanos

Neyomi Elizabeth Cisneros

Mia Bersola-Isaguirre Marina Isabel Betancourt-Santoyo Gurjot Singh Bhangu Shivani Bhasin* Jared Christian Bliss Anthony Vinh Bo Alma Isabel Bogarin Marina Bojorquez Gabriela Botello

Lariza Magnolia Castellanos

Kelvin Mathew Chemparathy Yung Sheng Cheng Tsz Kwan Joanne Cheung

Alan Ernesto Cisneros

Kevin Tomas Citalan

Kassandra Marie Castillo

Berenice Cobarruvias

David Luis Castro Jr

Quanieka Nicole Colbert

Jennifer Castro

Stevan Colin*

Lesly Jasmine Castro

Artemio Contreras

Veronica Castro

Itsel Rebecca Contreras

Yanitza Castro

Francisco Javier Contreras-Garcia

Yaqeline Castro*


Austin Curtis-Gabriel Cooksey Evelyn Arlette Corral Gonzalez Marissa Danielle Cortez Alison Rebecca Crosby* Annalese Baillie Croup Maria Del Carmen Cruz Susan Evelin Cruz

Jacqueline Maley Diaz* Moises Diaz Jr Genesis Denise Diaz-Alvarez

William Fernando Fernandez Samuel Jacob Field Jelena Belo Flores

Ana Maria Diaz-Galvan

Vilma Jeaneth Flores

Julizza Diaz-Valdovinos

Salma Yadira Flores Castaneda*

Pooja V Dimba** Jeffrey Do

Jose Alexander Flores Orozco

Rodrigo Cuadra

Gwynneth Madaleine Domecq

Maria Guadalupe Cuevas Menchaca

Elizabeth Liana Dominguez

Leslie Curiel

Danya Samantha Dominguez De Anda

Itzel Franco

Shameeka M. Donaldson-Bell

Angel Ann Freeze

Christopher Walker Currier Frederick Giahung Dang* Ariadna Davila Ryan Douglas Davis Marisol De La Cruz Nubia De La O Jana Chriselle Mccann De La Paz Jocelyn De La Torre Kenneth Alexander De Leon Gineli De Vera Tenzin Dechen Sabrina Mesina Degon Alondra Del Real** Eduardo Delgado Martha Maria Delgado Grisham Martin DelRosario Akeiylah Sammon Dewitt* Cassandra Lorena Diaz Christina Diaz Dakota O. Diaz

Jennifer Duran Robert Eugene Dutra III Haley Grace Forsythe Ebert Kharisma Manglicmot Ensigne Adrienne Ezehi Erebholo Summer Ricki Escobar*** David Esparza Darice Lomongo Espino Jose Carlos Espinoza Mejia Daniel Estrada Linda Estrada Alexis Estrada Santos

Ana Patricia Floriano Alejandra Fong Barragan Marcus J Fox Michaela Kelly Frates Grecia Jazmin Frias-Lopez Regino Sebastian Fronda* Jocelyn Gabriela Galdamez-Melendez Andrea Elizabeth Galindo Ashley Gao Manuel Jack Garamanoukian* Araceli Casillas Garcia Bernardo Emmanuel Garcia Branson Abe Garcia Edgar Andres Garcia Jennifer Del Rosario Garcia

Kimberly Estrada-Perez

Paula Maree Arevalo Garcia***

Christian Eutimio*

Sara Paula Garcia

Elizabeth Edna Fedora

Juan Carlos Garcia Arias

Jacob William Feitelberg

Carlos Gilberto Garcia Gomez*

Guillermo Alejandro Felix Geovanna Fernandez

Diana Elizabeth Garcia Rodriguez**


Yulissa Sarahi Garcia Santos Gabriela Garcia Tellez Nephi Richard Garrucho Florence Lee Goldson

Manar Elamin Harran

Bridget Mari Ise

Alivia Marie Harris*

Oscar Ronaldo Isem Villatoro

Amelia Nicole Harris David Ian Harris

Alyssa Vierneza Jacala Ashley Monet Jackson

Allan Gomez

Corinne Danielle Heinstein***

Juan Carlos Gomez Jr.

Braylon P. Henry

Kenny Jackson

Karen Joselyne Gomez Hernandez*

Janae Lynn Heppner

Qadira Lavender Jennings

Alejandro Hernandez

Tim Jay Jeung

Alex Hernandez

Esther A. Jin

Alexia Hernandez

Jasmine Kaur Johal

Cecilia Hernandez

Tyler M. Jones

Danny Hernandez

Henali Bimal Joshi

David Joel Hernandez

Kishan Kandoria

Genevie Hernandez

Smitha M Kashi

Juliana Hernandez***

Kevin Christopher Kemp

Krystal Hernandez

Majdi Hasan Khader

Adalid Alberto Hernandez De Roo

Heather Bibi Khan

Jennifer Herr

Paige Daphne Kirk

Sheila Lizandra Gomez-Ruiz Ana Cristina Gonzalez Anzell Gonzalez Leslie Gonzalez Manuel Gonzalez Salvador Gonzalez Xochitl Gonzalez Alma D. Gonzalez-Martinez Malcolm Jonathan Gordon Andrea Milena Gracia* Ryan Raul Graser Emily J. Green Nicholas Charles Greenberg

Jacob Gray Herrera Genesis Taylor Hester Nicole Monique Hidalgo Nancy Higareda-Marquez

Deja Janae Jackson

Taylor Alexa Kim Anastasia Chih An Kung Matthew James Laflin Marco Roman Laguna Cindy Lam*

Daniel Franklin Gross**

Ashley Michelle Higuera

Isabel Eden Guerrero

Mia Alexandria Hill

Lupita Guerrero

Christopher Brandon Him

Daniel Guillen Cortez

Tung Manh Hoang

Austin Paul Gumbert

Michelle D Hsieh

Alyssa Desiree Gutierrez

Jessie WS Huang*

Sandra Gutierrez*

Kiani Valle Hunter

Brian Aggeo Guzman

Tajmal Hussain

Madeha Mursal Halimi

Jennifer Huynh

Christian Dante Laspada***

Kristen Halliday

Stephen Huynh

Kwong Hei Lau

Silvia Haro

Alexis Interiano

Lacye Lawson**

Ethan Lam Dana Rochelle Lang Adilenne Lara Audrey Sarah Lara Julissa Lara Vanesa Lara Justin Michael Larson


Chinghai Lee

Berenice Madrigal

Justin Jihyun Lee

Armon Dior Magee

Kee Voua Lee

Macdaniel Robert Maisel

Ngaohli Lee

Florencio Maldonado Vaca***

Sheng Lee

Clara Elizabeth Medina Maya Jazmine Mejia Zhane' Tiara Mejino* Erick Mejorado

Poima Maluia

Nataly Magaly Melendez

Aylin Michelle Maqueda Garcia

Giovanny Emmanuel Menchaca

Domingo Alexis Marcos

Alejandra Mendez

Valerie Mares

Alejandra Mendez

Arby Abenojar Mariano

Maya Cecilia Mendez

Jessica Marie Salalila Mariano

Francisco Mendoza*

Apolonia Nocedal Lepe

Elizabeth Anne Camiling Marquez

Xianzhi Li

David Martin

Yetzianetzy Sarai Mendoza Salgado

Hanul Lim

Jaquelin Martin

Haowen Lin

Maria Guadalupe Martin Del Campo

Rey J Leija Chad Leiske Deidra Michelle Lemoine Karina Elizabeth Lemus Maricela Lemus-Estrada Carlos Anthony Leon Manuel Leon Jr. Jose Armando Leon Gomez

Daniel Lizaola Lopez Dario F. Lomeli Jr Jesus Eduardo Lomeli Yazmin Elizabeth Lomeli Gutierrez Belen De Jesus Lopez Cindy Estephanie Lopez Juan Carlos Lopez Lesley Ann Lopez Salvador Arechiga Lopez Jr Carita Jian-Yue Louie Javier Alexander Lua Jr Jaime Jr Lucero Gorosave Bernice Lujan Keila Lisbeth Luna

Alejandro Martinez Alondra Martinez Cynthia Martinez Edmundo Martinez Martinez Javier Martinez Kaelee Rose Martinez Karina Martinez Morgan Jane Martinez* Noah Ray Martinez Valerie Martinez Victoria Ashley Martinez* Victoria Marie Martinez Yesenia Yanet Martinez*

Abraham Maceda Iriarte**

Reynaldo Martinez Martinez Jr.

Ivan Arath Macedonio

Ciarra Nicole McCormick

Francisco Machado Jr.

Zachary Thomas McKeever

Karen A. Mendoza

Alondra Mercado Maria Mercado Taylor Ray Meyer Cyndy Miguel Beverly Miranda-Galindo Matthew Joseph Mondares Karen Montano Sofia A. Monterroza Figueroa* Diana Laura Montes Jasmine Marie Montes Ana Gabriela Montes Lopez Natalie Marleem Mora David Morales Desiree Jasmine Morales Natalia Morales Susana Morales Yolotzin Morales Alondra Morales Aguilar Zeltzin Morales Oliveros


Carina Moralez

Surid Alejandro Olivera

Adalyn Moreno

David Brandon Olson

Jessica Moreno

Ryoma Alex Ono

Mylinda Moreno*

Flavio Vaz Orozco

Gabriela Elizabeth Moreno Rodriguez

Anthony Joseph Dean Orr

Jasmin Morfin Graciela Vanessa Morfin-Quezada Liliana Mosqueda Estrada Rochelle Cierra Mulondo*** Maria Fernanda MuĂąoz Gutierrez

Bryan Ortega Kevyn Ortega Francisco Javier Ortiz Juan Antonio Ortiz Diego Salvador Ortiz Alarcon Ingrid Christine Otto* Elizabeth Oviedo

Saul Rogelio Pimentel Hernandez Mercedes Valeria Pineda Jazmine Pinedo Mariana Ponce Adrianna Mae Puente Ana Cecilia Puentes Denise Qiu Andres Mayorga Quezada Matthew William Quinn* Maritza Onieda Quintanilla Jesse Jacob Quintero Miguel Alejandro Rabago

Rocio Del Pilar Murillo**

Anne Nicole Oyales

Valezka Murillo

Joan Taiwo Oyelakin

Jimel Daleth Mutrie

Karina Pablo

Laura Stephanie Najera

Israel Pacheco

Jose Manuel Naranjo Jr*

Jared Hidalgo Palma

Andres Nava

Justen Wayne Palmer

Rachel Charlene Needham

Gabriela Erica Panciu

Jesserie Alexandra Nevarez

Heisel Eneida Paredes

Anna Marie Ng

Bryan James Park

Katie My-Nhi Ngo

David Shadoe Parker

My Ngoc Thach Nguyen***

Yuliza Parra

Sophia Tho Nguyen

John Tristan Parrish**

Tony Tan Nguyen

Krisha Vidya Patel

Vanhien Thuy Nguyen*

Ipshita Patra

Sara Louise Nuila-Chae

Julissa Pena

Sydney Eziaku Nwakanma*

Araceli Perez

Adaora Chinonye Obegolu

Irene Carolina Perez

Anna Patricia Ocegueda

Yessenia G. Perez-Molina

Mariela Ocegueda Crisosto

Erika Perez-Moreno

Leslie Guadalupe Renteria Salome

Tyler Shane Oh

Victoria Pham

Melissa Kimberly Reyes

Onyekachi Emmanuel Okereke

Dwena Marie Phillips

Cindy Gabriela Reyna

Deysi F. Piceno Rodriguez

Azareli Guadalupe Reynoso

Adrian Ramirez Celeste Ramirez Desmin Ramirez Fernando Ramirez Rubi Ramirez Teresita Ramirez Kimberly Jessica Ramirez Gonzalez Gerardo Esteban Ramos Giovany Saul Ramos Chloe Penelope Ray Patricia Razo Zamina Kayla Reed Brian Daniel Renberg* Melany Abigail Renderos Stacy Rendon Alberto Renteria


Angela Nayeli Rios**

Ana Sagrero-Mendoza

Brandon Sokvanak Sor

Zayra Briggitte Rios Espinoza*

Carmen De La Gloria Salazar

Livia Soto

Maria Candelaria Rivas Reyes*

Jazmine Selene Salazar

Michael Brian Stallings

Rafael Rivas-Curiel Sharon Riveroy Chloe Rivoallon Ellie Ann Robledo* Leah A. Robson

Sandra Ureno Salazar Estevan Jorge Salgado Niccole A Salm T.R. Richard Salsman*** Radu Mihai Samson*

Ariana Soto-Zuniga Daniel Benford Stallworth Jr. Joseph Darius Stansil Trevor Michael Stime Meiyu Tan

Lourdes Tovar Sanchez

Amy Kim Tang

Alma Lilia Rodriguez

Jessica Marie Sanchez-Ochoa

Carlos E Tenorio**

Annett Rodriguez

Sienna Paige Thompson

Joshneil Singh Sandhu

Cindy Medina Rodriguez

Michael Tien

Annia Eli Sandoval

David Juvencio Rodriguez Jr.

Harrison Jas Tom*

Christian Sanroman

Lizett Toribio Sanchez

Karina Santiago Ramirez

Marco A Torralva

Tanvi Sareen

Julia Kay Torres*

Ramsin Alexander Sarkes

Paola Torres

Katia Y. Rodriguez

Angelica Kay-Marie Sarmiento

Jeanette Torrez

Lizette Rodriguez

Stephen Marius Schug

Sandy Mariah Rodriguez

Aileen Evelyn Serrano

Sarai Rodriguez

Ruth Elizabeth Serrano

Elizabeth Rodriguez Cruz

Sarah Kae Michele Shank***

Adriana Maria Rodriguez

Genaro Rodriguez Jessica Rodriguez Juan Rodriguez

Anthony Romero Humberto Romero***

Mia Dawn Shannon

Sayra Guadalupe Romero Ceja

Kajol Madhuri Sharma

Maria Elena Romero

Sabrina Ali Shelton

Alexandra Elizabeth Romo*

Amandip K Singh*

Natasha Ronquillo Yanelly Rubio

Ritu Sharma

Gagan Preet Singh Harmanjit Singh

Alexis Ruiz

Shaniya Barbara Jane Smalling

David Alberto Ruiz

Humberto Solache Jr.

Natasha Michele Ruiz

Jessica Esmeralda Solano

Goharik Saakyan

Llara Jardenia Tovar Mariah Tresvant** Kevin Alberto Trujillo Calvin Tse Loan Thuy Tu Kiara Marne Turner Ashley Sharon Ulloa Karina Ulloa Dominique Unubun Daisy Urbina* Pamela Michelle Urbina Celia Uribe-Arellano** Jocelyn Celeste Valdez Juan Jose Valencia Jr** Yazmin Valencia Kimberly Valle


Lang Vang**

Lucia Viveros

Karla Fernanda Zavala

Sherwang Vang

Steven Hoang Vo

Raymond Zhen

Silvia Monique Vargas

Annabel Thanh Vy Vu

Wendy Zhu

Alan Alberto Vasquez Bolanos

Leanna P Vu

Karla Cirenia Vazquez Viridiana Amarantha Vazquez Joselin Vazquez Garcia Alondra Margarita Vega Maribel Vega Campusano Susana Vejar Delgado*** Diego Moises Velasco Jovo Angel Velasco Clarissa Velasquez Ascencio Kevin Israel Velazquez Stephanie Melisa Veliz Denise Venegas*** Isabel Venegas** Gabriela Celeste Verduzco Ortiz* Jose Eduardo Vibaldo-Torres Carrera Paige Vilaubi Alejandra Villagomez Louis Michael Vincent Susan Virrueta Soriano

Vivianna S Vu Andrew David Weisner* Alondra Wences** Allajah Elysia Wheatley Logan Kyle White Miqael Christian Whitlock Chanel U Williams Kayla Soriya Wilson Cheuk H. Wong Dana Wong Kyle C Wong* Shyann Wright Zhane Xinol Rui Heng Xu* Ricky Wenhao Xue Elizabeth Yanez Ya Yang Jesse Anthony Ybarra Angela Jilee Yi Annabella Kay Yousif Jennifer Yun Cynthia Zapata

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 (*).


SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENT S CL ASS OF 2019 LEADERSHIP AWARDS Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Award Selected from among the finalists of the Legacy Award, the Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Award is the highest leadership award given to a graduating student who has pioneered new opportunities for those who follow. BRENDA J. YU Legacy Award The Legacy Award honors graduating students whose influence, ideals and activities have left a lasting positive impression on the institution and raised the standard of excellence for future generations of students. MANAR ELAMIN HARRAN NIH MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Scholar 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. MARILY BARRON ASMAA MOHAMED


GRADUATE DIVISION Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow MICHAEL GILBERT BARBA, Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Humanities CINTHIA STEPHANIE QUESADA, Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology SABAH UL-HASAN, Doctor of Philosophy, Quantitative & Systems Biology Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship KAYLA S. CANELO, Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science ANGEL SANTIAGO FERNANDEZ BOU, Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Systems JOEL CURTIS HEISLER, Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry and Chemical Biology JACOB RAFATI HERAVI, Doctor of Philosophy, IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science MEGAN ALYSSA PRONOVOST, Doctor of Philosophy, Psychological Sciences TAYEBEH SHEIDA RIAHINASAB, Doctor of Philosophy, Physics LIAN ELIZABETH WONG, Doctor of Philosophy, Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering YI ZHU, Doctor of Philosophy, IGP Electrical Engineering and Computer Science President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship DAN LANDAYAN, Doctor of Philosophy, Quantitative and Systems Biology DORIS DAKIN PEREZ, Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Humanities KRISTEN MARIE VALENTINE, Doctor of Philosophy, Quantitative and Systems Biology CHIA XIONG, Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology


UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION School of Engineering JEFFREY OOI ACEVES, B.S. Bioengineering GIOVANNI GONZALEZ ARAUJO, B.S. Computer Science and Engineering CHRISTINE D. BRECKENRIDGE, B.S. Computer Science and Engineering SONIA NILOFER DESAIDAMLE, B.S. Mechanical Engineering GENESIS MARIANA HIGUERO, B.S. Environmental Engineering MARIA ANNABELLE MESINA, B.S. Bioengineering ANNALIZA PEREZ TORRES, B.S. Materials Science and Engineering CHRISTOPHER LEWIS WALKER, B.S. Mechanical Engineering School of Natural Sciences VICTORIA ARIAS, B.S. Applied Mathematics emphasis in Engineering MICHAEL SANG HWUN CHI, B.S. Biological Sciences emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology SANDRA CECILIA DURAN-ROBLES, B.S. Chemical Sciences emphasis in Chemistry, minor in Natural Sciences Education JADE MICHELLE FACHIN, B.S. Biological Sciences emphasis in Human Biology YOGEV GLUZMAN, B.S. Physics and B.S. Chemical Sciences emphasis in Chemistry INDIANA ELIZABETH MADDEN, B.S. Biological Sciences emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology, minor in Philosophy LORENA BEATRIZ MORENO AGUILAR, B.S. Biological Sciences emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology, minor in Psychology KARLA MOSQUEDA, B.S. Biological Sciences emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology, minor in Psychology YULISSA TONATZIN PEREZ ROJAS, B.S. Earth System Science ANGEL RUBALCAVA, B.S. Physics emphasis in Physics BENJAMIN HARTMAN RUMBAUGH, B.S. Applied Mathematics emphasis in Computational and Data Sciences, minor in Physics SUSANA TEJEDA-GARIBAY, B.S. Biological Sciences emphasis in Human Biology, minor in Psychology School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts MY NGOC T NGUYEN, B.A. Psychology ROCĂ?O DEL PILAR MURILLO, B.A. Sociology MARIA CANDELARIA RIVAS REYES, B.A. Public Health SUMMER RICKI ESCOBAR, B.A. History FLORENCIO MALDONADO VACA, B.A. Political Science ALISON REBECCA CROSBY, B.A. Cognitive Science YAQELINE CASTRO, B.A. Anthropology


ACADEMIC SENATE AWARDS 2018-2019 As we celebrate our graduates’ achievements, the UC Merced Academic Senate also congratulates the 2018-2019 Academic 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 The Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a Senate Faculty Member award encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. DR. ERIC WALLE, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a Non-Senate Faculty Member The Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a Non-Senate Faculty Member award encourages and recognizes the outstanding work and contributions of non-Senate lecturers in teaching undergraduates at UC Merced. DR. EMILY REED, School of Natural Sciences DR. CARLES FERRANDO VALERO, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Mentorship by a Senate Faculty Member The Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Mentorship award encourages and recognizes individual excellence in teaching at the graduate level and mentorship of graduate students. DR. MIRIAM BARLOW, School of Natural Sciences Distinguished Early Career Research 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. DR. ANAND BALA SUBRAMANIAM, School of Engineering Distinction in Research 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. DEBORAH WIEBE, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Distinguished Scholarly Public Service 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. DR. KATRINA HOYER, School of Natural Sciences Excellence in Faculty Mentorship The Excellence in Faculty Mentorship award encourages and recognizes individual excellence in faculty mentorship. DR. TANYA GOLASH-BOZA, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Contributions to Diversity The Contributions to Diversity award recognizes a faculty member for extraordinary contributions to diversity in research, teaching, and/or service. DR. CLARISSA NOBILE, School of Natural Sciences


UNIVERSIT Y OF CALIFORNIA MERCED EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP DOROTHY LELAND

GREGG CAMFIELD

LUANNA PUTNEY

TEENIE MATLOCK

Chancellor

Associate Chancellor Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

ELISABETH GÜNTHER Chief Campus Counsel

E. EDW. KLOTZBIER

Vice Chancellor Chief External Relations Officer

MICHAEL RILEY

Interim Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer

MICHAEL MCLEOD Vice Chancellor Chief Operating Officer

CHARLES NIES Vice Chancellor Student Affairs

SAM TRAINA

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Interim Vice Provost for the Faculty

ELIZABETH WHITT

Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education

MARJORIE ZATZ

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division

ELIZABETH R. DUMONT

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

MARK MATSUMOTO

Dean of the School of Engineering

JEFFREY GILGER

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

ANN KOVALCHICK

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer

Vice Chancellor Research and Economic Development

HAIPENG LI

MICHAEL REESE

KURT SCHNIER

Vice Chancellor Emeritus Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

University Librarian

Chair of Academic Senate and Professor of Economics

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BOARD OF REGENTS MARIA ANGUIANO RICHARD C. BLUM LAPHONZA BUTLER MICHAEL COHEN GARETH ELLIOTT CECILIA ESTOLANO DEVON GRAVES HOWARD "PETER" GUBER GEORGE KIEFFER SHERRY L. LANSING

RICHARD LEIB HADI MAKARECHIAN ELOY ORTIZ OAKLEY LARK PARK JOHN A. PÉREZ RICHARD SHERMAN JONATHAN "JAY" SURES ELLEN TAUSCHER CHARLENE ZETTEL

EX OFFICIO REGENTS GAVIN NEWSOM ELENI KOUNALAKIS ANTHONY RENDON TONY THURMOND JANET NAPOLITANO DARIN ANDERSON JASON MORIMOTO


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, have 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 Arts, Letters, Humanities Commerce, Accountancy, Business Dentistry Economics Education Engineering Fine Arts, including Architecture Forestry Journalism Law Library Science Medicine Music Nursing Oratory (Speech) Pharmacy Philosophy Physical Education Public Administration, including Foreign Service Public Health Science Social Work Theology Veterinary Science

Maize White Drab Lilac Copper Light Blue Orange Brown Russet Crimson Purple Lemon Green Pink Apricot Silver Gray Olive Green Dark Blue Sage Green Peacock Blue Salmon Pink Golden Yellow Citron Scarlet Gray


THE SEAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 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 MEDAL 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’ chancellors and year he or she was inaugurated.

THE UC MERCED MACE 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 scepter on 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.


CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2019

CLASS GIFT 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 2019 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 2019 Class Gift online at:

giving.ucmerced.edu/bricks-2019


LET THE JOURNEY CONTINUE... Today, UC Merced is proud to welcome our new graduates into the UC Merced Alumni Association – expanding to over 10,000 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.


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University of California, Merced, Spring Commencement 2019  

Congratulations to all graduating Bobcats and their families!

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Congratulations to all graduating Bobcats and their families!

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