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Commencement
 

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Please join us for the Merage School's 50th Annual Commencement Ceremony on

 Monday, June 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon

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Commencement Address by Distinguished Executive Speaker

Craig Boundy
CEO Experian North America

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Mace Marshal & Distinguished Alumnus

Tom Wagner, MBA '89
Principal, The Wagner Group LLC

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Chancellor Howard Gillman, presiding (TBD)

The Paul Merage School of Business is pleased to be graduating more than 700 new business leaders at all levels — including our Undergraduate business majors, our Full-Time, Fully Employed, Executive and Health Care Executive MBAs, our Masters of Professional Accountancy, Masters of Finance, Masters of Science in Business Analytics and our Doctorate candidates.

Please see our FAQ section that covers a variety of information not found on other pages.


All Merage School Graduates:

Our Commencement Ceremony is conducted differently than other school ceremonies and many of the procedures are different. Please follow all instructions below and those emailed to you by your Merage School Program Office (NOT those instructions from UCIAA). Contact Us if you have any questions.

ALL GRADUATES MUST REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE BEFORE APRIL 20:  Beginning February 21, visit https://register.merage.uci.edu/Event/All2018Graduates to register to participate in the ceremony. You will be asked questions regarding guest ticket requests, photography contact information, and your name pronunciation for the ceremony. If you wish to change any of this information later, simply fill out the form again before April 20. Only the last version of the form will be used.  

GUEST SEATING - MERAGE SCHOOL TICKETS REQUIRED: Up to 6 guests with tickets will be accommodated at the Bren Center and any additional guests may gather at the Merage School Auditorium to watch the ceremony streamed live. Use the participation registration link above to request general admission tickets online through the Merage School (NOT the UCI Commencement site) and downloadable tickets will be emailed directly to graduates on May 18 (Merage School ceremony tickets will NOT be available/distributed at the UCI Commencement site). 

VIP SECTION SEATING: For all graduates who join the Dean’s Leadership Circle by May 11th, your ticketed guests may be seated in the VIP section near the stage and you will be recognized in the commencement program. Contact Ariel Shrader at ashrader@uci.edu

NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER: Please see the directions on the UC Irvine Commencement website to sign up before April to audition to sing the National Anthem at our ceremony.

STUDENT SPEAKER: The Merage School is pleased to invite auditions for a graduating student speaker to represent the Class of 2018. Please download the Student Commencement Speaker Instructions for 2018 early to meet the initial April 4, 2018 deadline.

SELFIE SHOUT OUT VIDEO: Have some fun and film a shout out to your guests on your big day. While you are lining up for the procession, we’ll show all the Shout Out Videos to the audience inside the Bren Center so everyone can hear and see you thank your loved ones for their support. You can view a sample of past videos under the Past Events tab for 2017. Videos are due May 30. Download Instructions here.

Undergraduate Instructions

CAP & GOWN PURCHASING AND PICKUP:  Undergraduates participating in Commencement are required to purchase their Cap and Gown through UCIAA. See the UCI Alumni Association website for more information and pricing. All undergraduate gowns must be purchased at Grad Expo: May 1-4, 10-6pm daily at Newkirk Alumni Center.

CAP & GOWN AFTER GRADUATION: Undergrad regalia is non-returnable; your cap, tassel and gown are yours to keep.

PHOTOS: GradImages is the official event photographer that will be taking several different shots of each graduate. Starting in May, you can pre-register to receive more information at www.GradImages.com; search on "Irvine" and select the Merage School. 

Master's Programs Instructions

CAP & GOWN RENTAL ORDERING:  All graduates must have proper regalia to participate in the ceremony. MBA regalia rental orders should be placed online between February 21 and March 25, 2018:

CAP & GOWN DISTRIBUTION: Your Program Office will contact you with instructions when regalia is ready to be picked up at your Program Office (approximately June 5). All graduates must have proper regalia to participate in the ceremony. Please download instructions on how to wear the regalia.

GOWN & HOOD RENTAL RETURNS: Your cap, tassel and commemorative Anteater zipper pull are yours to keep; gowns and hoods must be returned immediately after the ceremony in one of the drop boxes outside the Bren Center. Any rentals not returned directly after the ceremony will be assessed a $400 fee.

PHOTOS: GradImages is the official event photographer that will be taking several different shots of each graduate. In May, you can pre-register to receive more information at www.GradImages.com; search on "Irvine" and select the Merage School. 

PhD Instructions

CAP & GOWN ORDERING: PhDs participating in Commencement are required to purchase their Cap and Gown. See the UCI Alumni Association website for more information and pricing.

CAP & GOWN DISTRIBUTION: The PhD Program Office will contact you with instructions when regalia is ready to be picked up at the Program Office (approximately June 5). All graduates must have proper regalia to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

HOODING CEREMONY IS ON JUNE 18: Although the University holds a graduate hooding ceremony, the Hooding Ceremony for Merage School PhD candidates takes place on stage at our Commencement Ceremony. 

PHOTOS: GradImages is the official event photographer that will be taking several different shots of each graduate. In May, you can pre-register to receive more information at www.GradImages.com; search on "Irvine" and select the Merage School. 

CAP & GOWN AFTER GRADUATION: PhD regalia is non-returnable; your cap, tassel, hood and gown are yours to keep.

Speakers

Commencement Address Distinguished Executive Speaker

Craig BoundyCraig Boundy
Chief Executive Officer of Experian North America

Craig Boundy is Chief Executive Officer of Costa Mesa-based Experian North America, a $2.5 billion data and analytics firm, where he is responsible for the company’s North America business lines, including Credit Services and Decision Analytics, Consumer Services, Vertical Markets (Automotive and Health) and Marketing Services. He also is a member of Experian’s Global Operating Committee, which is dedicated to setting growth strategies. North America is the largest of Experian’s five major regions globally, representing more than 50 percent of its worldwide revenues.

Experian has been known primarily as a credit bureau, but in recent years under Craig’s leadership, the company has expanded its business around using data and analytics to help people manage their financial lives and protect their identity; to help companies manage, protect and grow their businesses; and to make a difference in society.

Experian North America has been recognized as a top workplace by the Orange County Register each year since Craig began leading the region’s 6,000 employees in 2014. Experian also was named a 2017 Top Company for Women Technologists by AnitaB.org. He attributes the success of Experian’s workplace to his focus on creating a culture based on collaboration, inclusion, innovation, two-way communication, valuing one another, and, ultimately, delighting customers.

An accomplished global business leader, Craig joined Experian in 2011 as Managing Director of Experian UK and Ireland before becoming CEO of North America in 2014. Prior to Experian, Craig was CEO of Logica in the United Kingdom, having joined the organization in 2008 as CEO of Global Operations. Before that, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Cable & Wireless’s business in Europe, the United States and Asia. Previously, Craig served as Sales Director and then COO at Energis. His early career was with British Telecommunications.

Born and raised in England, Craig attended Lancaster University in Lancashire, graduating in management studies and German in 1997. He is fluent in four languages — German, English, French and, as he lightheartedly says, “American” — all of which he credits for helping him to connect with people, both linguistically and culturally.

Craig has a passion for playing squash, soccer and basketball. He is an avid fan of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

He lives in Orange County with his wife and two children.

Class of 2018 Student Speaker

(to be announced)

Program

June 18, 2018
9:30 am, Bren Events Center
UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, presiding (TBD)

(Watch Commencement Livestream Here)


Ceremony

Processional

  • Mace Marshal & Distinguished Alumnus Tom Wagner, MBA '89, Principle, The Wagner Group LLC

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates 
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

National Anthem

  • Presented by: to be announced

Welcome

  • Howard Gillman, PhD, Chancellor, The University of California, Irvine (TBD)

Opening Remarks

  • Eric R. Spangenberg, PhD, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business

Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

  • Craig Boundy, CEO Experian North America

Graduating Student Speaker

  • to be announced

Conferring of the Degrees

  • Howard Gillman, PhD, Chancellor, The University of California, Irvine

Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates

  • Mary Gilly, PhD, Professor of Marketing & Senior Associate Dean

Presentation of Master of Business Administration Degree Candidates*

  • Gerardo Okhuysen, PhD, Professor of  Organization and Management, and Associate Dean of Masters Programs

Presentation of Master of Professional Accountancy Degree Candidates

  • Patricia Wellmeyer, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting and Academic Director of the MPAc Program

Presentation of Master of Finance Degree Candidates

  • Zheng Sun, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance and Academic Director of the MFIN Program

Presentation of Master of Science in Business Analytics Degree Candidates

  • Sanjeev Dewan, PhD, Professor of Information Systems and Academic Director of the MSBA Program

Presentation of Bachelor of Arts Degree Candidates

  • Vidyanand "VC" Choudhary, PhD, Associate Professor, Information Systems and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Concluding Remarks

  • Dean Eric R. Spangenberg
Recessional

* Order called will be Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA, then Fully-Employed MBA programs

Post-Ceremony Reception at the Merage School

Immediately following our Commencement Ceremony at the Bren Events Center, you and your guests are welcome to join the dean, speakers, faculty and staff on the Merage School grounds for light refreshments and joyful celebration.

To allow parking space for the next ceremony's guests, please reposition your automobile from the Bren Events Center to the Merage School parking garage (SSPS on maps). Thank you. 

Location

The 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Bren Events Center on UC Irvine's campus. Parking is free for all Commencement ceremonies.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a purse/bag inspection at the door; it is best to leave all backpacks and bags at home or in the car before entering the Bren Events Center.

Commencement Map

Download Directions

Bren Center Seating - Tickets Required

All graduates will be seated with their class on the main floor, and guests with tickets have their choice of stadium seating surrounding the floor. You can download this general seating and staging map to see which sections are closest to each graduate program. Up to 6 guests with tickets will be accommodated at the Bren Center and any additional guests may gather at the Merage School Auditorium to watch the ceremony streamed live. In late May, each program office will distribute general admission tickets directly to graduates (tickets will NOT be available/distributed at the UCI Commencement site).

FAQ

Have a question?  Email us.

Q.

Why do I have to register by April 20 to participate in the ceremony?

A.

The online registration process that MUST be completed by April 20 includes guest ticket requests, contact information for the photorapher, direction on how you want your name printed in the Merage School program, and a phonetic pronunciation of your name to be read aloud when you cross the stage. 

Q.

Are guest tickets required and how many guests can graduates bring?

A.

Up to 6 guests with tickets will be accommodated at the Bren Center and any additional guests may gather at the Merage School Auditorium to watch the ceremony streamed live. Beginning February 21, graduates have until April 20 to register to participate in the ceremony and request tickets at https://register.merage.uci.edu/Event/All2018Graduates. Downloadable tickets will be emailed directly to graduates on May 18 (Merage School ceremony tickets will NOT be available/distributed at the UCI Commencement site). No tickets will be available at the door.

Q.

How can I apply to be the Student Speaker?

A.

Student Speaker auditions are managed by the Merage School. Please download the Student Commencement Speaker Application for 2018 early to meet the April 4, 2018 deadline to submit a speech and video sample. 

Q.

How can I audition to sing the National Anthem?

A.

Anthem Singer auditions are managed by the campus. Please watch for information and sign up at this UCI Commencement website before April to audition. Reserved VIP seating is provided for the National Anthem singer's guests at Commencement. 

Q.

How do I provide a Shout Out Video for my guests at Commencement?

A.

Please follow the directions on the Contact Us tab before May 30 to send us your (no more than) ten-second video that we'll show to the audience before the ceremony. 

Q.

What items are not allowed at the Bren Events Center?

A.

There will be a security check of all purses and bags entering the Bren Events Center. It is best to leave backpacks and bags at home or locked and securely hidden in your car. While it is certainly a day to celebrate, we appreciate everyone's courtesy not to distract from the ceremony or disrupt the enjoyment/picture taking of other students and guests with items such as horns, balloons, etc. Selfie sticks or any other items that distract or block the view of others are not allowed. No selfies of any kind on stage, please.

Q.

I have a guest who requires Disability Services. What should I do?

A.

The Bren Center features indoor stadium seating for guests. Please contact Diane Sagey to ensure any necessary accomodations are met, including those needing wheelchair access or those unable to use stairs. Guests with Disabled Parking placards should enter through the Mesa Road entrance of the Mesa Parking Structure (next to the Bren Center) and should clearly show their placard to the attendant. The parking attendants will direct them to Disabled Parking on the 2nd floor. Disabled Parking is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a cart service available for disabled guests that don’t park in the Mesa Parking Structure.

Q.

For post-event planning, what is the timing for the day at UC Irvine?

A.

We begin the ceremony at 9:30a.m. sharp and conclude by approximately noon.  The time to exit the Bren Center and exit the parking lots can be another 20-45 minutes (we do not recommend mingling outside the Bren Center — it is extremely crowded). The reception at the Merage School, for those who wish to attend, can be another 20-60 minutes seeing faculty, staff, family and friends.

Q.

Where do students order their cap and gown?

A.

Each program office emails students with directions on purchasing or renting proper regalia. The PhD and Undergraduate programs purchase theirs from UCIAA at Grad Expo. The Masters programs rent theirs on a Merage School registration website. See the Home page of this website for links.

Q.

What is a "bling" tassel that costs extra?

A.

TTassel Choiceshe regular tassel is blue and gold with a medalion that has the year on one side and the UCI Seal on the other. The bling tassel has the year in rhinestones (click on image to enlarge).

Q.

What is the UCI Anteater gown zipper pull and do students get to keep it?

A.

The UCI Anteater zipper pull is a souvineer that every grad may remove from the zipper pull and keep. (click on image to enlarge).Grad Souvineer

Q.

Can commissioned U.S. military officers wear their dress uniform instead of the traditional cap and gown?

A.

Yes. We are honored to have our military officers so recognized.

Q.

Where do students pick up their cap and gown?

A.

All Masters and PhD Cap and Gowns will be distributed by each Merage School program office beginning approximately June 5. You will be notified when they are available. You can download instructions on how to wear the Masters regalia.  Undergraduate cap and gowns are purchased and picked up directly at GradExpo (watch this link for further information).

Q.

Can I wear a stole over my regalia?

A.

Only undergraduates may wear stoles. Tradition dictates that the Masters and PhD hood serve as the only ornament to the graduate regalia (except cords).

Q.

Will the ceremony be shown on the Internet?

A.

Yes, the ceremony will be streamed live to the internet. The URL is http://commencement.uci.edu/#/webstream

Q.

What time do the doors open for guests to be seated?

A.

Approximately one hour before the ceremony, at 8:30a.m.

Q.

I've seen flowers and leis in graduates' photos. Are they for sale?

A.

Yes, in late May, you can pre-order flower/lei gifts from Commencement Flowers here (IMPORTANT: scroll down to the last order form titled UC Irvine and use that one for the freshest flowers). They will also have booths where you can purchase flower/lei gifts at the Bren Center.

Q.

What other gift ideas are available?

A.

The UC Irvine bookstore carries Merage School apparel and UC Irvine memorabilia. 

Q.

Will there be professional photography at the event?

A.

Yes, GradImages is the official event photographer that will be taking several different shots of each graduate. You can pre-register in May to receive more information at www.GradImages.com; search on "Irvine" and select the Merage School.

Q.

Tell me more about the Reception following the ceremony.

A.

Light refreshments (lemonade, iced tea, water and cookies) will be available on the Merage School grounds immediately following the ceremony. Dean Spangenberg, our Commencement speakers, program staff and select faculty are looking forward to meeting our newest alumni's families and friends. For those visiting the School for the first time, there is a self-guided tour map of a few distinguished classrooms and spaces showing videos. This reception is completely optional as a final opportunity to celebrate with others on campus before heading out for the evening. 

Q.

Where can I find general information about UCI commencement ceremonies? 

A.

Please visit www.commencement.uci.edu for general information; however, the Merage School conducts its own ceremony, so some of the information may be different. If you are unsure, please email Diane Sagey or your program office with any questions.

Q.

How can I receive VIP reserved seating?

A.

Only graduates who join the Dean’s Leadership Circle by May 11th, will receive VIP seating for their guests and be recognized in the commencement program. Contact Ariel Shrader at ashrader@uci.edu

Past Events

Commencement 2017

June 19, 2017
9:30 am, Bren Events Center
Chancellor Howard Gillman, presiding

Watch Video Recording: 2017 Merage School Commencement Ceremony

Watch Class of 2017 Graduate Shout Outs

Ceremony

Processional

  • Mace Marshal - Mark C. Kehke ’83, MBA ’93, Managing Director/CEO, Pacific Ventures Management, LLC

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates 
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

National Anthem

  • Presented by Alumna Pratiti Mehta, MBA ‘16

Welcome

  • Howard Gillman, PhD, Chancellor, The University of California, Irvine

Opening Remarks

  • Eric R. Spangenberg, PhD, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business

Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

  • William Wang, Founder, Chairman and CEO of VIZIO Inc.

Graduating Student Speakers

  • Arden Davis, Undergraduate Class of 2017
  • Shannon Shetty, Fully Employed MBA Class of 2017

Conferring of the Degrees

  • Howard Gillman, PhD, Chancellor, The University of California, Irvine

Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates

  • Mary Gilly, PhD, Professor of Marketing & Senior Associate Dean

Presentation of Master of Business Administration Degree Candidates*

  • Gerardo Okhuysen, PhD, Professor of  Organization and Management, and Associate Dean of Masters Programs

Presentation of Master of Professional Accountancy Degree Candidates

  • Patricia Wellmeyer, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting and Academic Director of the MPAc Program

Presentation of Bachelor of Arts Degree Candidates

  • Vidyanand "VC" Choudhary, PhD, Associate Professor, Information Systems and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Concluding Remarks

  • Dean Eric R. Spangenberg
Recessional

Commencement 2016

June 13, 2016
2:30 pm, Bren Events Center
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia, presiding

Watch Video Recording: 2016 Merage School Commencement Ceremony

Watch Class of 2016 Graduate Shout Outs

CEREMONY

Processional

  • Mace Marshal - Scott D. Stowell, MBA '85, Executive Chairman of the Board, CalAtlantic Group, Inc.

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

National Anthem

  • Presented by Pratiti Mehta, MBA '16

Welcome

  • Enrique Lavernia, PhD, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, The University of California, Irvine

Regent's Welcome

  • Eloy O. Oakley, EMBA '99, Regent of the University of California, and President, Long Beach City College

Opening Remarks

  • Eric R. Spangenberg, PhD, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business


Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

  • Alumna Kristen S. Monson, MBA '86 (Retired), Former Executive Vice President, Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

Graduating Student Speaker

  • Kwaku Gyabaah, Executive MBA '16

Conferring of the Degrees

  • Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia

Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates:

  • Mary Gilly, PhD, Professor of Marketing & Senior Associate Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business

Presentation of Master of Business Administration Degree Candidates:

  • Gerardo Okhuysen, PhD, Professor of  Organization and Management, and Associate Dean of Masters Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business
    *Order called will be Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA, then Fully-Employed MBA programs

Presentation of Master of Professional Accountancy Degree Candidates:

  • Mort Pincus, PhD, Dean's Professor of Accounting, The Paul Merage School of Business

Presentation of Bachelor of Arts Degree Candidates:

  • Rick So, PhD, Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business

Concluding Remarks

  • Dean Eric R. Spangenberg

Recessional

Commencement 2015

June 15
9:30 A.M., Bren Events Center
Chancellor Howard Gillman, presiding

Watch Video Recording: 2015 Merage School Commencement Ceremony

CEREMONY

Processional

  • Mace Marshal - Tim Leyden, Executive MBA '92

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates 
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

National Anthem

  • Presented by Vermillion Vocalists

Welcome

  • Howard Gillman, PhD, Chancellor, The University of California, Irvine
Remarks about Today’s Ceremony
  • Eric R. Spangenberg, PhD, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business
Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker
  • Paul Merage, Chairman and CEO, MIG
Graduating Student Speaker
  • Seema Sheth, Full-time MBA Candidate
Conferring of the Degrees
  • Chancellor Howard Gillman
Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates:
  • Terry Shevlin, PhD, Professor of Accounting & PhD Program Director, The Paul Merage School of Business
Presentation of Master of Business Administration Degree Candidates:
  • Gerardo Okhuysen, PhD, Professor of  Organization and Management, and Associate Dean of Masters Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business
    *Order called will be Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA, then Fully-Employed MBA programs
Presentation of Master of Professional Accountancy Degree Candidates:
  • Mort Pincus, PhD, Dean's Professor of Accounting, The Paul Merage School of Business
Presentation of Bachelor of Arts Degree Candidates:
  • Rick So, PhD, Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business
Concluding Remarks
  • Dean Eric R. Spangenberg

Recessional

Commencement 2014

June 16
8:30 A.M., Bren Events Center
Provost Howard Gillman, presiding

Watch Video Recording: 2014 Merage School Commencement Ceremony

CEREMONY

Processional

  • Mace Marshal - Jack Toan, FEMBA Class of 2002 and Distinguished Alumnus, Wells Fargo Foundation

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

National Anthem

  • Circle of Fifths, UC Irvine a capella group

Welcome

  • Howard Gillman, Provost, The University of California, Irvine

Remarks about Today’s Ceremony

  • Eric  R. Spangenberg, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business

Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

  • Greg Creed, CEO, Taco Bell Corp.

Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates:

  • Terry Shevlin, PhD, Professor of Accounting & PhD Program Director, The Paul Merage School of Business

Presentation of Master of Business Administration Degree Candidates:

  • Alladi Venkatesh, PhD, Professor of Marketing & Associate Dean of Masters Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business*Order called will be Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA, then Fully-Employed MBA programs

Presentation of Master of Professional Accountancy Degree Candidates:

  • Mort Pincus, PhD, Dean's Professor of Accounting

Presentation of Bachelor of Arts Degree Candidates:

  • Imran Currim, PhD, Chancellor's Professor of Marketing & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program, The Paul Merage School of Business

Concluding Remarks

  • Eric R. Spangenberg, Dean

Recessional

Commencement 2013

June 16
9:00 A.M., Bren Events Center
Chancellor Michael V. Drake, presiding

Watch Video Recording: 2013 Merage School Commencement Ceremony

CEREMONY

Processional

  • Mace Marshal - Ken Neeld, Executive MBA, '07

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

National Anthem

  • Presented by Circle of Fifths, UC Irvine student a capella group

Welcome

  • Michael V. Drake, MD, Chancellor, The University of California, Irvine

Remarks about Today’s Ceremony

  • Andrew J. Policano, PhD, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business

Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

  • Kim Sentovich, Executive MBA '04, Senior Vice President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Graduating Student Speaker

  • Kristen Creager, MBA '13

Conferring of the Degrees

  • Chancellor Michael V. Drake, MD

Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates:

  • L. Robin Keller, PhD, Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies & PhD Program Director, The Paul Merage School of Business

Presentation of Master of Business Administration Degree Candidates:

  • Alladi Venkatesh, PhD, Professor of Marketing & Associate Dean of Masters Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business*Order called will be Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA, then Fully-Employed MBA programs

Presentation of Bachelor of Arts Degree Candidates:

  • Imran Currim, PhD, Chancellor's Professor of Marketing & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program, The Paul Merage School of Business

Concluding Remarks

  • Dean Andrew J. Policano, PhD

Recessional

Commencement 2012

June 17
9:00 A.M., Bren Events Center
Chancellor Michael Drake, presiding

Watch Video Recording: 2012 Merage School Commencement Ceremony

CEREMONY

Processional

  • Mace Marshal - Gregory Lai, MBA '88

National Anthem

  • Anh-Tuan Le, Health Care Executive MBA Graduate, 2012

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates 
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

Welcome

  • Dr. Michael Drake, Chancellor, The University of California, Irvine

Remarks about Today’s Ceremony

  • Andrew J. Policano, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business

Congratulatory Remarks

  • Ed Fuller, Chair, Dean's Advisory Board & Retired President, Marriott International Lodging

Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

  • Chris N. White, Vice President, Emerging Technologies Group, Cisco Systems Inc.

Conferring of the Degrees

  • Chancellor Drake

Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates:

  • L. Robin Keller, PhD, Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies & PhD Program Director, The Paul Merage School of Business

Presentation of Master of Business Administration Degree Candidates:

  • Alladi Venkatesh, PhD, Professor of Marketing & Associate Dean of Masters Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business
    *Order called will be Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA, then Fully-Employed MBA programs

Presentation of Bachelor of Arts Degree Candidates:

  • Rick So, PhD, Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program, The Paul Merage School of Business

Concluding Remarks

  • Dean Andrew J. Policano

Recessional

About

History of Commencement

The colorful traditions surrounding academic regalia – gowns, caps, hoods, tassels, and cords – date back to the first European universities. What began in the Middle Ages as clothing worn by clerics to provide warmth in damp, unheated buildings progressed, by the time of Henry VIII of England, to detailed codes of dress prescribed by Oxford University and Cambridge University.

In the late 1800s, universities in the U.S. began to assign specific colors to signify the different academic disciplines, and those colors now appear in the trim of graduates’ gowns, the edging of hoods, and sometimes on the tassels of caps. The color white for example, which at Oxford and Cambridge is the white fur trim of baccalaureate hoods, in America was assigned to arts, letters and humanities graduates.

GOWNS

Baccalaureate gowns, usually black, have wide pointed sleeves and are worn closed. Master’s gowns have oblong slit sleeves that open at the wrist and are worn open or closed. Doctoral gowns have bell-shaped sleeves and are worn closed. Holders of the Doctoral degree may wear a velvet facing on the front of the gown and three velvet bars across the sleeve. The velvet may be black or it may be the color appropriate to the subject in which the wearer holds the degree.

HOODS AND TASSELS

Hoods are ornamental folds draped down the back of the shoulders of academic gowns worn by Master’s or Doctoral degree graduates. Master’s degree candidates wear hoods lined with colors that reflect their course of study, such as Business Administration. Doctoral degree hoods have a silk lining with the colors of the institution from which the wearer has graduated. Graduates from the University of California system wear hoods lined with blue and gold, the university’s official colors, as well as colored velvet bands. 

The color of the velvet band on the Master’s and Doctoral hood indicates the title of the degree; the band on Masters hoods at the Paul Merage School of Business is officially called "drab" or tan. A doctorate recipient, regardless of the field of study, wears dark blue because the title of the degree is Doctor of Philosophy.

At the University of California, Irvine, all graduates wear a duo-color tassel made up of the University's colors, blue and gold. The year is stamped on the reverse side of the University of California, Irvine, official seal. Undergraduates receiving a degree have their tassel start on the right side and then it is moved to the left. Graduate level degree recipients start the tassel on the left side and it is not moved. 

HONORS AND CORDS

UC Irvine baccalaureate graduates, who have received campus-wide Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude), wear gold cords. The Chancellor’s Award of Distinction recipients wear the blue and gold shoulder cord. Those who have received academic unit awards and prizes, or who have been elected to honor societies, wear blue cords. 

Graduate candidates receiving the Dean’s Scholar award wear two gold cords and those receiving the Beta Gamma Sigma award wear a blue and gold cord. Silver cords are for shareholders of the Dean’s Leadership Circle.

MACE

From its origins in the Middle Ages, the club shaped staff known as a mace has gradually taken on ceremonial character as a symbol of authority. In an American tradition begun in 1789 by the first Speaker of the House, the U.S. House of Representatives’ mace is one of the oldest symbols of our nation’s government, and is used both to open all sessions of the House and in the inaugural ceremonies for all Presidents of the United States.

The UCI Alumni Association, with the assistance of Associate Vice Chancellor Student Affairs Emeritus Chuck Pieper and Scenic Shop Supervisor Keith Bangs of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, presented the UC Irvine Mace to the campus on May 12, 2000. While the silver orb at the top of the staff might be the first thing to catch the eye, the staff itself is memorable and unique. Carved from California oak, it is fashioned to resemble the nose of an anteater, the school mascot. The UC Irvine Mace was first carried at the 2000 Commencement ceremonies by the president of the UCI Alumni Association, Deborah Daniel. The Mace is always carried by a distinguished UC Irvine alumnus or alumna and leads the Commencement processional.

Contact

2018 Commencement Committee Members

Please contact your class Commencement Manager with any questions:

STUDENT SHOUT OUT/THANK YOU VIDEO
DUE MAY 30

Have some fun and pre-film a shout out to your guests on your big day. While you are outside lining up for the procession, we’ll show all the shout out videos to the audience inside the Bren Center where your loved ones can hear and see you thank them for their support. If you want to participate, simply follow these steps by May 30 (Download these instructions):

  1. Find a quiet space with minimal background noise. Feel free to be creative, or a simple smile and "thank you" to loved ones is just as appreciated.
  2. Record your own (no more than) 10-second selfie video. IMPORTANT: turn your phone to film the video in landscape mode (wider rather than taller). If you have the capability to adjust video settings on your phone or camera, use 1080p at 30 frames per second (720p is acceptable) - if you don't know how, that’s okay...send us what you record.
  3. Name the file with your program and name (as in: FEMBA John Jones) 
  4. By May 30, transfer the file to us using the free service at www.WeTransfer.com (there’s a phone app, too): On the screen, click on the “+ Add files” button. For “Friend’s email,” use brightfuture@merage.uci.eduThen type in your email address where it asks. Click on the “Transfer” button.  Watch for a confirming email from us within the next three working days – email us if you don’t receive confirmation.

We’ll compile all of these videos into one long one to show to the audience inside the Bren Center while you grads will be preparing for the processional outside the Bren Center.

Limit one up-to-10 second video per graduate. All videos will be reviewed for content. We reserve the right not to use any video that is too long or is deemed inappropriate for any reason, without notification.

 

Event Details

Date: 06.18.2018
Time: 09:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Event Type: Public

Venue

Bren Events Center
100 Mesa Road
Irvine, CA 92697

Organizer

UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Looking for Grad Gifts?

Check out The Hill, UCI’s Bookstore, for apparel and accessories or visit the FAQ page on this site for flowers and leis at the ceremony.

Give Back to the School

Giving from recent graduates and their families is a treasured tradition at all prominent Universities. Today you can pay it forward and pave the way for the next generation by making a donation to the programs that helped shape your experience at the Merage School.

Merage School Alumni Network

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Dean's Leadership Circle

Graduation is just the beginning. Continue to invest in your career, connect with global leaders and grow your network as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Circle. (Members receive VIP seating for their guests at Commencement - Contact Ariel Shrader at ashrader@uci.edu.)

UC Irvine Alumni Network

The UC Irvine campus offers additional alumni benefits for a small fee to expand your network even further.