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June 2019
Issue No. 110
Countdown to Commencement
The 54th UCI Commencement Ceremonies are coming soon!

For schedules and information,
visit the
Commencement website.

Grad check-in
Graduates participating in the Arts, Education, and Physical Sciences ceremony on Monday, June 17 will need to check in behind the Bren Events Center near the tennis courts.  
All other graduating students will go to the courtyard of Crawford Hall
to check in. Graduates must check in 75 minutes before their ceremony using their campus I.D. card or other legal form of photo identification. Graduates should limit personal belongings. All bags will be searched.

Guests are not allowed into the graduate check-in location.  
Download the Commencement app!
New this year, UCI has its own Commencement app! With information and schedules, it's available on both the App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play by searching "UCI Commencement" or by using the QR code below at right. 
Or use the QR code and your phone's camera
Open your camera app and point it steady for 2-3 seconds at the QR code. You don't need to hit the shutter button; it should read the code automatically. If scanning is enabled, a notification will appear. If nothing happens, you may have to go to your settings and enable QR Code scanning. 
Security check 
Please be advised that all bags are subject to search at the entry doors prior to entering the Bren Events Center. Backpacks, large tote bags, large camera bags and large purses are discouraged. Please review the list of items allowed/not allowed in the Bren.
For guests attending Commencement, parking on the UCI campus is complimentary and no permits are required. Please avoid parking in disabled, service or X stalls without the proper permit.

Traffic congestion is expected. Guests should plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before ceremony start time.  
Upon entering the campus, dedicated traffic directors and event attendants will guide you to the best available parking, all within a 10-minute walk to the Bren Events Center.  
The Commencement Travel Guide to campus parking and mobility may be helpful in planning for your arrival the day of the ceremony.
Guest tickets
Guest tickets are required for all undergraduate and master's school ceremonies at the Bren Events Center.  
Be sure to get printed guest tickets from your graduate prior to the ceremony and bring them with you to Commencement.
List of graduates 
Graduating students' names and degrees are listed in the digital Commencement Program on the Commencement website.
Mementos and gifts for grads
Grad photos
Professional photography will be provided at all ceremonies. Lifetouch Special Events Photography is pleased to provide this complimentary service.
Each graduate will be photographed before arriving at the stage and again when they shake the hand of their dean.
A link to Commencement photograph proofs will be sent to participating graduates via e-mail.
Commencement Flowers
During the school ceremonies, Commencement Flowers will have booths with flower and lei gifts for purchase. Order ahead, then to pick up your order, give your name at one of the Commencement Flowers booths at your ceremony. Grads can also pick up pre-ordered flowers inside the graduate check-in location.

The Hill  
UCI's bookstore, The Hill, is the go-to shop for grads and families. 

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Senior Class Gift
In a show of compassion for fellow students, the class of 2019 has voted to direct their Senior Class Gift to the FRESH Basic Needs Hub. Their goal is to raise $25,000 to provide 20 meal plan sponsorships for UCI students who experience food insecurity and need help with meal plan expenses in order to concentrate on their studies. Celebrate and support the class of 2019 by contributing to the FRESH Basic Needs Hub in honor of your graduating student.  
Top 3 career planning tune-ups
& tools for summer


While your student may be taking a break from classes, summer is the perfect time for them to develop or enhance their resume and LinkedIn profile based on their growth from the previous year.

Top tips from the Division of Career Pathways
  1. Update (or create) LinkedIn profile & resume with achievements from the year
    Tool: Career advice videos
  2. Sharpen interview skills by trying a virtual interview
    Tool: Big Interview
  3. Develop a complete Handshake profile - to be found by employers Tool: Handshake

Fall Career Fair during Welcome Week
Save the date: Sept. 25 in the Bren Events Center

The Division of Career Pathways is kicking off the new academic year with the Fall Career Fair during Welcome Week on September 25. It's also moving to the Bren Events Center - which allows space for more employers. Your student can explore the growing list of employers throughout the summer and fine-tune their Handshake profile.
Several events will take place this summer on campus and online to prepare students for this important event. Stay tuned for more details...

Quick Links
Artículos en Español » 
Chancellor Gillman's monthly message »  
2019 UCI Commencement Ceremonies » 
Commencement Grad checklist »  
If all of UC were just 100 students... »  
New wellness room at CSWHP » 
First-generation students make up more than half of UCI's class of 2019 »  
Distinguished Professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o wins Peace Prize » 
Arts trek: Class travels 1,900 miles to explore artworks embedded in the environment » 
Zotfest marks 20th anniversary » 
UCI Athletics reveling in its shine »
Transition advice for families of new college students » 
Leadership programs through the Center for Student Leadership » 
Volunteer as an Anteater Parent Ambassador » 
UCI Parents Facebook »
Parent & Family Guide »

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