Commencement 2011

UC Riverside

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Join us in celebrating the many accomplishments and great promise of our newest Highlander grads. Pursue your dreams, make your mark on the world, and know that you will always remain a part of the UCR family.

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Senior Class Gift: Pay it forward!

Hey Seniors! Show your Highlander pride and help create a great resource for both your career and future UCR students.
Contribute $20.11 today as part of the Class of 2011 Senior Gift!

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  • Dear Angela Wynn You are first in The Wynns Family to receive bachelor degree. We are very proud to learn that you graduated with high honors. You make it happened to our lifelong dream. Love from Dad, Mom, Sandhi, Barbara, Prince and Petey and Burmese community —SONNY WYNN, family/friend
  • Congratulations to all of our grads..we are proud of you..but most of all..we will miss you!! Best of luck to you all! —Mona Rynders, Staff
  • CONGRATULATIONS SHAWN SUMONSAVADIT! Each step takes you on a path, every path leads to a choice, every choice to a different place, every place to a new adventure. As you continue to follow your heart, try new things, and make even more dreams come true! Thank you for making my dreams come true, you brought me tears this day but tears of joy! I am proud of you son! Your brother Shane is now following your foot steps, your sister Katelyn will do the same. We love you! Mom, Shane & Katelyn —Molly Suksuwan, family/friend
  • THANK YOU UCRiverside for everything. Because of everyone there, my daughter Elena Perez, became the FIRST in our family to graduate from college. Graduation was definitely as exciting as an E-ticket ride. To all who taught her, fed her,looked after her and kept her safe, a very sincere THANK YOU. —Raul & Shirley Perez, family/friend
  • Stacey Marie Acevedo-you have made me the happiest and proudest mom in the whole world. Words can not express the joy I have in my heart knowing that you have graduated from UC Riverside, the first in our family to do so. Your sister Kristie, your brothers Jeremy, Jeffrey, Dylan your grandmothers Ana, Maria, your uncles Martin, Kiko your ninas Luz and Ana your friend Adriana, your father Freddy and your mother Maria we are all proud of you. You are a very special young woman! The world is yours for the tak —Maria J. Acevedo and Family, Student
  • Jessica, We are so proud of every thing you have done over the past 4 years. You are an amazing woman. I remember going to UCR the first time when we were checking out schools, when you got sick at orientation, moving you in, when you brought your college friends home, getting the AR job and than the ARD job, meeting Alexander, you nominating me for an award thru the Alumni association, and finally graduation. You will be an amazing teacher. Mom and Dad —Dana Guns, Student
  • Congratulations to my amazing sister, Aimee Lacuesta!!! The Lord has great big plans for you on the East coast for grad school! WE LOVE YOU! love, sissy lala —Reba Lacuesta, family/friend
  • Congratulations Dan, we are so proud of you! Reach for the stars! —Laura , Student
  • Your answer was just what I neeedd. It’s made my day! —Cammie, Student
  • Brianna Mendoza, I am so proud of you! Thank you for making my dreams true. Love you, Mom —Monica Mendoza, Student
  • To TIMMOTHY PAULINO QUINATA!!! Congratulations!!! Your Guam Family are all so proud of you!!! Congrats again and may the greatness of God continue to guide you into the greatess path ever!!! May your new knowledge give you strength and guidance to make a better difference!!! Love you! Love you! Love you!!!! —Marylyne & George Pecina, family/friend
  • Congrats class of 11! Congrats Ben Wang,Chris Thai, Shawn, Neery and everyone else graduating! Its been a wild ride with you guys and I'm sad I'm missing graduation, but I'm sure you guys will make a blast —Jason Ramapuram, Student
  • To all my Art and Art History Majors... Explore. Dream. Discover. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain Congratulations to all of you! —Kristy Salazar Nugent, Staff
  • Work Hard and Take Risks You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing, but what you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.—Alan Alda Explore. Dream. Discover. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. —????, Student
  • Byron Jones -King, Congratulations on your graduation. Way to stick with it and succeed. We are all proud of you —Joe P, family/friend
  • Congratulations to all my fellow graduates! El que perservera alcanza... adelante! Never give up on your dreams! A special shout out to my girl Anali Diaz! May you triumph in all your endeavors! —Ariel Palencia, Student
  • amber newell- way to go idaho —lisa isgar, Student
  • Lindsey we could not be any prouder of you for all you have accomplished. We were thrilled when you received your Bachelors and now with a Masters we are overwhelmed by your achievement. We Love you, Mom Dad and the whole crazy Family! —Mom, Student
  • I LOVE YOU RACHEL!!!! justme —Kelly, family/friend
  • Congratulations Tiffany Harris Butts! Good luck! —Joe & Evelyn Abadilla, Student

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Photo Gallery

Congratulations, Class of 2011! It was our pleasure and honor to celebrate your achievements at UCR’s 57th Commencement. We’ve put together a few photos for you to enjoy…we wish you all the best! Go Highlanders!

UCR Graduation Facts

  • Commencement 2011 will include seven ceremonies over four days.
  • This year’s graduating class will be the largest in campus history.
  • We anticipate more than 30,000 total participants over the four days.
  • There were 4494 students eligible to walk at this year’s Commencement which makes it one of the largest graduating classes in campus history.
  • With this year’s graduating class, UCR will have more than 86,000 graduates. They reside in every state of the union and dozens of countries around the world.

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