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Commencement 2022
 

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Please join us for the Merage School's 54th Annual Commencement Celebration on

 Monday, June 13, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

(Students check in at 7:30 a.m.)

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Commencement Celebration Address by Distinguished Executive Speaker
Gary Acosta
CEO and Co-Founder, NAHREP

Alumni Marshal

Gareth Forde, M.D., PhD., MBA ’14

Co-Founder, Managing Director, Synergistic Capital Partners, LLC

 

The Paul Merage School of Business is pleased to be graduating more than 900 new business leaders at all levels — including our Undergraduate business major, our Full-Time, Fully Employed and Executive MBAs, our Master of Professional Accountancy, Master of Finance, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and our Doctorate candidates.

 *UCI Commencement will be held on Wednesday June 15 at Angels Stadium. Please visit this webpage for more details. The event on Monday June 13 is the Merage School Commencement Celebration with individual name recognition. Attendance to either event is optional.


 

All Merage School Graduates:

Our Commencement Celebration is conducted differently than other school commencement celebrations 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 15: Visit https://register.merage.uci.edu/Event/All2022Graduates to register to participate in theCommencement Celebration. 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 15 (only the last version you submit will be used).

GUEST SEATING - MERAGE SCHOOL TICKETS REQUIRED: Up to 4 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. *Please only request the amount of tickets you need. Based on demand, additional tickets may become available in early May.

CHECK IN TIME 7:30 a.m.: All graduates (except PhDs) should plan to arrive at the Bren Events Center at 7:30 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 8:00 a.m.  

COURTYARD CELEBRATION: The Alumni Experience Center invites you to the Class of 2022 Courtyard Celebration following the Commencement Celebration at the Bren Events Center. Bring your family and friends back to where it all started at the Merage School and enjoy live music, food and refreshments, activities and more. Dean Ian O. Williamson and the Merage School staff and faculty will give a toast to you and your success. This will be the first of many celebrations together. We are here for you to enhance the engagement of our community through meaningful experiences like this. This additional celebration is from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and will be hosted at the Merage School Courtyard & Kristen Monson Grand Terrace. Please RSVP for you and your guests here.

Student Commencement Speaker Instructions for 2022: The Paul Merage School of Business is pleased to welcome student speakers representing the Class of 2022 to the Commencement Celebration program on June 13, 2022. Special reserved VIP seating will be provided for the student speaker’s family/guests at Commencement. Please download the Student Commencement Speaker Instructions for 2022 early to meet the initial April 1, 2022 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. 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.

COVID-19 Protocols: Face coverings will be required for UCI Commencement ceremonies and celebrations in the Bren Events Center, and all graduates, audience members, event staff and volunteers must wear them. Hand sanitizer stations and free face coverings will be available at the Bren Events Center Commencement events. For information and directions, please follow all posted signage at the Bren. Testing for COVID-19 one to two days prior to attending a gathering or event and three to five days after attending a gathering or event is a key strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Cap and Gown Instructions:

Location

The Merage School Commencement Celebration will be held at the Bren Events Center on UC Irvine's campus. The Merage School Courtayrd Celebration will be held at the Merage School. 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.

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

A.

Up to 4 guests with tickets will be accommodated at the Bren Center and additional guests without tickets may gather at the Merage School Auditorium or the Bren Center Patio to watch the ceremony streamed live. 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. Additional guest tickets may become available in May and students that have registered for commencement will receive instructions on how to get them via email.

Q.

How can I audition to sing the National Anthem?

A.

Anthem Singer auditions are managed by the campus. Please visit their website to stay up to date on the process. 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.

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. Videos are due May 31. Download Instructions here.

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 merage-commencement@uci.edu 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.

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.

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.

Professional photography will be provided at all school celebrations at the Bren Events Center. Graduates will be photographed before arriving at the stage, and when they shake the hand of their dean or other dignitary. Picture proofs are emailed approximately 5-7 days after the celebration to the email address on the name card. Please direct orders and questions to: GradImages at ecc.giservice@gradimages.net or 800-424-3686.

Q.

Will the Commencement Celebration be shown on the Internet?

A.

Yes, the Commencement Celebration will be streamed live to the internet. The URL is www.commencement.uci.edu

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 Gifts 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 7:30 a.m. when students must check in for line up.

Q.

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

A.

Approximately one hour before the ceremony, at 8:00 a.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 7:30 a.m. Bren Center doors open to guests at 8:00 a.m. We begin the ceremony at 9:00 a.m. sharp and conclude by approximately 11 a.m. 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, is scheduled from to begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m., welcoming faculty, staff, family and friends.

Q.

Tell me more about the Reception following the ceremony. 

A.

The Alumni Experience Center invites you to the Class of 2022 Courtyard Celebration following the Commencement Celebration. Bring your family and friends back to where it all started at the Merage School and enjoy live music, food and refreshments, activities and more. Dean Ian O. Williamson and the Merage School staff and faculty will give a toast to you and your success. This will be the first of many celebrations together. We are here for you to enhance the engagement of our community through meaningful experiences like this.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Merage School Courtyard & Kristen Monson Grand Terrace 

Please RSVP for you and your guests here.

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 Merage-Commencement@uci.edu or your program office with any questions.

Q.

What COVID-19 Protocols will be in place during the Commencment Celebration?

A.

Face coverings will be required for UCI Commencement ceremonies and celebrations in the Bren Events Center, and all graduates, audience members, event staff and volunteers must wear them. Hand sanitizer stations and free face coverings will be available at the Bren Events Center Commencement events. For information and directions, please follow all posted signage at the Bren. Testing for COVID-19 one to two days prior to attending a gathering or event and three to five days after attending a gathering or event is a key strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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

2022 Commencement Committee Members

Please contact your class Commencement Manager with any questions:

o   Undergraduate:  Justin Javier  /  jtjavier@uci.edu  

o   Full time MBA: Sofia Dang  /  sofia.dang@uci.edu

o   FEMBA:  Jimmy Nguyen  /  jimmy.nguyen@uci.edu

o   EMBA: Stephanie Leonard  /  stephapl@uci.edu

o   MPAc: Saira Fazli /  sfazli@uci.edu

o   MFIN: Saira Fazli /  sfazli@uci.edu

o   MSBA: Michelle Steinman / michelle.steinman@uci.edu

o   MIE: Michelle Steinman / michelle.steinman@uci.edu

o   PhD:  Noel Negrete  /  nnegrete@uci.edu

o   Faculty:  Levi Eastwood  / leastwoo@uci.edu

  • All other questions:  Merage Commencement  /  merage-commencement@uci.edu

 

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.edu. Then 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: 06.13.2022
Time: 09:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Event Type: Public

Venue

Bren Events Center
100 Mesa Road
Irvine, CA 92697

Organizer

UCI Paul Merage School of Business