2018 Commencement Marks 50th Anniversary of First Graduating Class

April 01, 2018 • By UCI Paul Merage School of Business

In preparation of the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class, The Paul Merage School of Business is proud to announce Craig Boundy, CEO of Experian North America will be the 2018 Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker.

Commencement festivities will take place Monday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bren Events Center on the UC Irvine campus.  Tom Wagner, MBA ’89, a lecturer at the Merage School and principal at The Wagner Group LLC, will serve as Distinguished Alumnus Mace Marshal. 

“The opportunity to share my experiences and inspiration with the graduates from the Merage School is an honor,” said Boundy. “Our business landscape has evolved into a data-driven environment where people rely on data to operate virtually every aspect of every industry in the world. Our future success lies in our ability to develop agile leaders who anticipate disruption and capitalize on creating new opportunities in the marketplace.  The graduates from the Merage School are those leaders.” 

“2018 marks another landmark commencement year for UC Irvine and The Paul Merage School of business, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our business school’s first graduating class and graduate the first class of two of our newest programs in Business Analytics and Finance,” said Eric Spangenberg, dean of the Merage School.  “We are honored to have Craig Boundy, a celebrated leader in digital innovation as our commencement speaker, and Tom Wagner, an exceptional leader and treasured alumnus, as our Mace Marshal.” 


More than 670 graduates will participate in the Merage School’s 2018 commencement ceremony, including the first graduating class of Master of Finance and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs, and graduates from the Master of Professional Accountancy, Undergraduate, MBA and PhD programs. More information about the 2018 Commencement Ceremony can be found at merage.uci.edu/commencement.