Commencement

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Growing up: Words of wisdom for the future

With graduation season over, it's time to step into something new. Here's six pieces of invaluable advice from noted alums on shaping the future.

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Diplomas that would not be denied

These four students faced nearly unimaginable obstacles on the way to graduation — and now prepare to help others succeed.

Kelly Richeson in front of fire truck with son

New grads who took the path less traveled

It's never too late for your future to begin — and these extraordinary new grads prove it.

Lee sisters pose together in the feminine products aisle of a store

Activist, entrepreneur duo ready to throw the ‘pink tax’ overboard

It's a classic American story: Soon-to-be grads Helen and Rachel Lee are fighting to get a tax — on feminine hygiene products — repealed.

Monica Mary Xu English with her diploma, cap and gown

Defying the odds: From foster care to cap and gown

Students find family, belonging and academic success on UC campuses.

Tyler Chen

Top graduating senior an aspiring Elon Musk — minus the tweeting

Iconoclastic bioengineering and materials science major is the winner of the 2019 University Medal.

Meet UC’s 2018 graduates: Californians who are citizens of the world

The Class of 2018 is ready to lead, both at home and abroad.

Sequoia Thompson UCLA

Bus driver turned UCLA graduate steers life in new direction

Sequoia Thompson follows her dream of becoming a clinical psychologist and working with queer black youth.

Lucero Camarena UC San Diego

Speak your truth

Transgender grad Lucero Camarena will bring a message of authenticity to the commencement stage.

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo with her mother

A Cinderella story 16 years in the making

With her graduation from UC Davis med school, Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo realized a dream that once seemed impossible.

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