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Commencement 2019
 

 

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Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Please join us for the Merage School's 51st Annual Commencement Ceremony on

 

 Monday, June 17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon

(Students check in at 8:00 a.m.)

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Commencement Address by Distinguished Executive Speaker

Stuart McClure
CEO and Founder, Cylance

and Student Speakers

Kristina Yosifova, BA '19

Michelle Quilici, MFin '19


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Mace Marshal & Distinguished Alumnus

Reza M. Sabahi, MBA '09 (FEMBA)
Managing Director, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

National Anthem Sung by

Angelica Tan, MPAC '19

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Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia, presiding

 

The Paul Merage School of Business is pleased to be graduating more than 850 new business leaders at all levels — including our Undergraduate business major, 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 AND ORDER TICKETS BY APRIL 22: Visit https://register.merage.uci.edu/Event/All2019Graduates 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 by April 22 (only the last version you submit will be used).  

CHECK IN TIME 8:00 a.m.: All graduates (except PhDs) should plan to arrive at the Bren Events Center at 8:00 a.m. to check in and pick up reader cards, receive directions, etc. Allow time for parking and meet behind the Bren Center by the tennis courts. Guests are NOT allowed in the graduate check in area. Doors to the Bren Center open at 8:30 a.m.  

GUEST SEATING - MERAGE SCHOOL TICKETS REQUIRED: Up to 5 guests with tickets will be accommodated at the Bren Center. Additional guests without tickets may gather at the Bren Center outdoor patio or 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); downloadable tickets will be emailed directly to graduates in May. 

VIP SECTION SEATING: For all graduates who join the Dean’s Leadership Circle  by May 31, your ticketed guests may be seated in the VIP section and you will be recognized in the commencement program. Contact Matthew O'Connor at matthemo@uci.edu. In June, you will receive special instructions for your ticketed guests to sit in the VIP section (first come, first served within the VIP section).

NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER: Please sign up before the April 10 auditions: UCI 2019 National Anthem Auditions website. Reserved VIP seating is provided for the National Anthem singer's guests at Commencement. 

STUDENT SPEAKER: The Merage School is pleased to invite auditions for a graduating student speaker to represent the Class of 2019. Please download the Student Commencement Speaker Instructions for 2019 early to meet the initial April 1, 2019 deadline. Special reserved seating is provided for the Student Speaker's guests at Commencement. 

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 2018. Videos are due May 31. Download Instructions here.

PHOTOS: Students may not use cameras on stage, and no selfie sticks or items that block others are allowed at any time. Lifetouch Special Events Photography is pleased to provide this complimentary service for each graduate who crosses the stage during the ceremony. An email with further directions to view/order photos will be sent by Lifetouch to the address you provide when you register to participate in Commencement (see above). See FAQ tab for more information on how to contact Lifetouch.

Undergraduate Instructions

CAP & GOWN PURCHASING AND PICKUP:  Undergraduates participating in Commencement are required to purchase their Cap and Gown through UCIAA. See the UCI Commencement website for more information and pricing. All undergraduate gowns must be purchased at Grad Expo April 30 - May 3 at the Newkirk Alumni Center.

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

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 by March 25, 2019:

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 hood.

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 or at the Merage School reception. Any rentals not returned directly after the ceremony will be assessed a $400 fee.

 

PhD Instructions

CAP & GOWN ORDERING: PhDs participating in Commencement are required to purchase their basic Cap and Gown from UCIAA (see Noel Negrete earlier in the year if you want to purchase the more formal regalia). See the UCI Commencement website for more information and pricing. All PhD gowns must be purchased at Grad Expo April 30 - May 3 at the Newkirk Alumni Center.

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 17: Although the University holds a graduate hooding ceremony, the Hooding Ceremony for Merage School PhD candidates takes place on stage at our full Commencement Ceremony. 

CHECK IN TIME 8:30 a.m.: Please plan to arrive at the Koll Room at the Bren Events Center between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. for check in and photos. Enter the Bren Center and take the stairs down to the lower level. Follow the hallway straight ahead and the Koll Room is the last room on the left. Ask any staff member if you need assistance.

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

Stuart McClureStuart McClure
CEO and Founder, Cylance

Stuart McClure leads Cylance as its CEO and visionary for a new approach to threat detection, protection, and response. His leadership sets the strategic direction, operational execution, and fiscal investments of the company. Stuart is one of the leading experts and practical thinkers in the computer security industry today. With a highly regarded 25-year history in the security industry, Stuart has led some of the most notable companies in the space.

Prior to Cylance, Stuart was EVP, Global CTO and General Manager of the Security Management Business Unit for McAfee/Intel Security where he was responsible for a $3 billion consumer and corporate security products business. During his tenure at McAfee, Stuart established an elite team of security researchers called TRACE, which frequently discovered zero-day vulnerabilities and emerging threats in embedded and critical infrastructure. Before McAfee, Stuart formalized the cybersecurity program at Kaiser Permanente, a $34 billion healthcare company.

In 1999, Stuart launched Foundstone, Inc., a global consulting and products company, which was acquired by McAfee in 2004. Stuart is the creator and lead-author of the most successful security book of all time, Hacking Exposed. He is widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of security, and is one of the industry’s leading authorities in information security today.

Stuart earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. He also holds numerous IT and security certifications.

 

Class of 2019 Student Speakers

Michelle QuiliciMichelle Quilici

Michelle Quilici will soon be a UCI double alumna. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and a minor in Management in three years, and decided to pursue her graduate career immediately after, as a current Master of Finance student.

Michelle has served on the executive board of Women in Leadership as Vice President of Internal Affairs, as a Peer Mentor for the Management Information Student Society, and as a volunteer at CIWM for the LiveFest Financial Literacy Summer program. She had the opportunity to solidify her financial skills as a Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Intern for nearly a year at its Irvine branch and is currently an incoming Summer Finance Intern at MicroVention Terumo in Aliso Viejo under its FP&A department. She also completed a one-year internship with the Merage School's Advancement team as a Corporate Relations Student Assistant.

Michelle is fluent in both Spanish and English, as she was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Her cultural identity is a source of inspiration that constantly encourages her to expand her knowledge and strengthen her skills so she can positively impact her community. After graduation, Michelle plans to pursue a career as a Financial Analyst in the Healthcare industry.


Kristina YosifovaKristina Yosifova

Kristina Yosifova is a first-generation immigrant from Bulgaria who grew up in the Bay Area before moving to sunny Southern California for college. She is graduating from UCI with a double major in Business Administration with an emphasis in Operations & Decision Technologies, as well as Criminology, Law, and Society, where her studies focused on prevention and early intervention of juvenile delinquency. During her time at UCI, Kristina worked for the Merage School's Advancement team and also as a Criminal Defense Intern at a local Santa Ana law firm.

In her free time, she served as Vice President of Gamma Phi Beta and pursued her love for kids by volunteering with local non-profit organizations including Girls on the Run and the Blind Children’s Learning Center. Following graduation, Kristina plans to take a year off to work full-time for a 2020 Presidential campaign before attending law school to study education policy.

Program

June 17, 2019
9:30 am, Bren Events Center
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia, presiding

 


Ceremony

Processional

  • Mace Marshal & Distinguished Alumnus Reza M. Sabahi, MBA '09, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates 
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

National Anthem

  • Angelica Tan, MPAC '19

Welcome

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

Opening Remarks

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

Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

  • Stuart McClure, CEO and Founder, Cylance

Graduating Student Speaker

  • Kristina Yosifova, BA '19
  • Michelle Quilici, MFin '19

Conferring of the Degrees

  • Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia

Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates

  • Terry Shevlin, PhD, Professor of Accounting, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth, and Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Programs

Presentation of Master of Business Administration Degree Candidates*

  • Joanna Ho, PhD, Professor of Accounting, 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

  • Joanna Ho, PhD, Professor of Accounting, and Associate Dean of Masters Programs

Presentation of Bachelor of Arts Degree Candidates

  • Maia Young, PhD, Associate Professor of Organization and Management, 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 Merage School 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 on a first come, first served basis. 

FAQ

Have a question?  Email us.

Q.

Why do I have to register by April 22 to participate in the ceremony?

A.

The online registration process that MUST be completed by April 22 by all students who intend to walk at Commencement includes guest ticket requests, contact information for the photographer, 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 5 guests with tickets will be accommodated at the Bren Center and additional guests without may gather at the Merage School Auditorium or the Bren Center Patio to watch the ceremony streamed live. Graduates have until April 22 to register to participate in the ceremony and request tickets at https://register.merage.uci.edu/Event/All2019Graduates. Downloadable tickets will be emailed directly to graduates in May (Merage School ceremony tickets will NOT be available/distributed at the UCI Commencement site). No tickets will be available at the door.

Printed announcements (not tickets) are available at www.cbgrad.com or search for custom graduation announcements online.

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 2019 early to meet the April 1, 2019 deadline to submit a speech and video sample. Reserved VIP seating is provided for the Student Speaker's guests at Commencement. 

Q.

How can I audition to sing the National Anthem?

A.

Anthem Singer auditions are managed by the campus. Please visit their website for instructions and to sign up before the April auditions. 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 31 to send us your (no more than) ten-second video that we'll show to the audience before the ceremony. 

Q.

How can I receive VIP section seating?

A.

Only graduates who join the Dean’s Leadership Circle by May 31 will receive passes for their ticketed guests to sit in the VIP section closer to the stage and be recognized in the Commencement Program. Contact Matthew O'Connor at matthemo@uci.edu. In June, you will receive special instructions for your ticketed guests to sit in the VIP section.

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 accommodations are met, including those needing wheelchair access or those unable to use stairs. Guests with Disabled Parking placards or who need Disability Assistance should enter through the Mesa Road entrance of the Mesa Parking Structure (next to the Bren Center). 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.

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 Master's Programs Instructions on the Home page of this website for links. NOTE: All Masters graduates must return their gowns in the boxes provided at the Bren Center or at the Merage School Reception directly after the ceremony. Failure to do so will result in a $400 fee.

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.

What is a "bling" tassel that costs extra?

A.

TTassel Choiceshe regular tassel is blue and gold with a medallion 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 souvenir gift from the UCI Alumni Association 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 can I get a letter for my guests to obtain a travel visa to visit the United States for the ceremony. 

A.

Please visit the UCI International Center website for complete information.

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 Grad Expo (see https://commencement.uci.edu/capandgown.html)

Q.

Will there be professional photography at the event?

A.

Yes. When you register to attend Commencement, your email is provided to Lifetouch Special Events Photography who will email you a link to view photos taken as each graduate crosses the dais during the commencement ceremony. Go to the site https://events.lifetouch.com/uci for more information about commencement photographs.  Any questions can be addressed to specialevents@lifetouch.com, or call 800-505-9496 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm EST, or via the Web site http://events.lifetouch.com/about/contactus.aspx. There is no obligation to purchase. Please do not contact the school with inquiries related to photographic service.

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.

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

A.

Yes, you can pre-order flower/lei gifts at the Flowers link on the UCI Commencement website and pick them up at their booth outside the Bren Center at the event. They will also have a limited number of flowers for sale at the booth. Note: guests are not allowed in the graduate line-up area so any gift-giving before the event should be done before 8:00 a.m. when students must check in for line up.

Q.

What other gift ideas are available?

A.

See the UCI Commencement website for more information.

Q.

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

A.

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

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.

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

A.

Graduates must check in at 8:00 a.m.. Bren Center doors open to guests at 8:30 a.m.. 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.

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. UCI Alumni Association provides a number of fun backdrops for photo taking. For those visiting the School for the first time, you are welcome to tour the Merage School's 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.  

Past Events

Commencement 2018

June 18, 2018
9:30 am, Bren Events Center
UCI Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia, presiding

Watch Video Recording: 2018 Merage School Commencement Ceremony

Watch Class of 2018 Graduate Shout Outs

Ceremony

Processional

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

Academic Procession

  • Platform Party
  • Advanced Degree Candidates 
  • Baccalaureate Candidates

National Anthem

  • Presented by Brittany Deneau, Associate Director of Specialty Masters Career Services at UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Welcome

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

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 Speakers

  • Wajeeha Shakeel, Fully Employed MBA Graduate
  • Amy Hu, Business Administration, Business Economics and Sociology Major

Conferring of the Degrees

  • Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia

Presentation of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Candidates

  • Terry Shevlin, PhD, Professor of Accounting, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth, and Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Programs

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

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, 2015
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, 2014
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, 2013
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, 2012
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

2019 Commencement Committee Members

Please contact your class Commencement Manager with any questions:

STUDENT SHOUT OUT / THANK YOU VIDEO
DUE MAY 31

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 31 (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 31, 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: 06.17.2019
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

#WeAreMerage

Check out amazing student testimonial videos on our #WeAreMerage Commencement web page at merage.uci.edu/WeAreMerage along with a featured graduating student from each of our programs. We encourage each and every one of you to join the conversation by using #WeAreMerage!

Looking for Grad Gifts?

Check out The Hill, UCI’s Bookstore, for apparel and accessories or visit the UCI Commencement site to order 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

Your membership is free; just keep in touch online to receive the latest news and extensive benefits.

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 Matthew O'Connor at matthemo@uci.edu.)

UC Irvine Alumni Network

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