UC Merced campus

Dedicated student breaks ground with Ph.D., autism research

UC Merced's first African American doctoral graduate balances research with parenting two autistic sons.

UC graduation

New UC grads are already changing the world for the better

As new grads look to their futures, we profile a few already engaged in making a difference for others.

UCLA treatment

Nursing student, cancer survivor draws on experience to help patients

A 2016 graduate from the UCLA School of Nursing pays it forward to others.

Stephen Maxey

From a life on the streets to one advocating for the homeless

Stephen Maxey never saw himself as college material — but the community of UC Merced saw otherwise.

UCSF School of Medicine

UCSF Class of 2016 reflects as they turn to the future

Graduates share personal stories on challenges and achievements.

UC Davis John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis highlights UC Davis School of Law commencement

The iconic civil rights leader delivered a rousing address on public service.

UC Berkeley Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg speaks from the heart at UC Berkeley commencement

Facebook COO and author of "Lean In" reflects on recent tragedy and offers lessons on resiliency to graduates.

UC Berkeley Dajanaye Sheri Adrow-Hubbard

Student parent graduates, her son by her side

Dajanaye Adrow-Hubbard wants to inspire others to pursue higher education, just as she did at UC Berkeley with her family.

UC Berkeley war wounds

War wounds lead graduating veteran to new mission

UC Berkeley's Brian Vargas is ready to use his new social work skills to help soldiers returning home.

UC Merced's Yuriana Aguilar

Undocumented student makes history with Ph.D.

UC Merced's Yuriana Aguilar wants to bring her cutting-edge cardiac research to the Central Valley.