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Graduates of the UC Davis School of Education applaud at their commencement ceremony last spring at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Between Friday and June 15, the university will award some 9,000 degrees at 12 ceremonies. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

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From page A1 | May 15, 2014 |

Celebrate!

* Friday: 4 p.m., School of Law, at the Mondavi Center;

* Thursday, May 29: 2 p.m., School of Medicine, Mondavi Center;

* Wednesday, June 11: 4 p.m., School of Education, Mondavi Center;

* Thursday, June 12: 4 p.m., Graduate Studies, in the ARC Pavilion;

* Friday, June 13: 10 a.m., School of Veterinary Medicine, Mondavi Center; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, ARC;

* Saturday, June 14: 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., College of Letters and Science, ARC; 10 a.m., Graduate School of Management, Mondavi Center;

* Sunday, June 15: College of Biological Sciences at 9 a.m. in the ARC; College of Engineering at 3 p.m. in the ARC

John Pérez, speaker of the California Assembly until a leadership handoff this week, will launch UC Davis graduation season on Friday with a commencement address at the School of Law.

Through June 15, the university will hold 12 ceremonies recognizing some 9,000 graduates with undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. For the first time, degrees also will be awarded to eight doctoral students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the Graduate Studies commencement on Thursday, June 12.

Pérez, who as Assembly speaker was an ex-officio member of the UC Board of Regents and is now running for the statewide office of controller, will speak at the law school commencement at 4 p.m. at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Other scheduled speakers are:

* Faith Fitzgerald, an internist and professor of internal medicine at UCD who is nationally recognized as a master educator and diagnostician (School of Medicine, May 29);

* Dale Dougherty, who is a leader in the “maker movement,” which encourages people to tinker, invent and build things (School of Education, June 11);

* Helene Dillard, who earned advanced degrees at UCD and now serves as dean of its College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Graduate Studies, June 12);

* Charley Hess, who was for 14 years dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UCD and held three presidential appointments (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, June 13);

* Marguerite Pappaioanou, an alumna of UCD who serves as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s liaison to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for food safety and who was formerly executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (School of Veterinary Medicine, June 13); and

* Sandy Weill, chairman emeritus and former CEO of Citigroup, who last month was named to CNBC’s list of the 25 people who have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989 (Graduate School of Management, June 14).

Live and on-demand webcasts of each of the commencements will be available. For more information, see: http://commencement.ucdavis.edu.

More specific estimates of degrees awarded will now be available in June. In 2012-13, UC Davis conferred 9,079 degrees.

— UC Davis News

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