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Graduation in words and images

Graduation in words and images

A crowd of some 3,900 in black caps and gowns, and 21,000 fanatically proud fans in the stands above, turned out at California Memorial Stadium for Saturday’s Commencement Convocation 2013. Apple co-founder and Berkeley alum Steve Wozniak keynoted the event, which was held in the stadium for the first time in more than 40 years. The emotions that express graduation are captured in a special Storify site that includes tweets, photos, and words that have been posted in social media.

Department ceremonies across the campus continue through May, headlined by such speakers as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and California Gov. Jerry Brown. The English Department’s student graduation speaker, Fulbright scholar Prachi Naik, delivered an eloquent address that paid tribute “to the connective tissue of our world, that glimmering lattice of convergences (that is) made most brilliant, most visible through literature.”

New grads head back to class, as Teach for America recruits

College graduation often means leaving the classroom behind. But dozens of UC Berkeley students getting diplomas this month are heading immediately back to school, this time to the front of the class. Currently the top contributor to the Teach for America program, a national teacher corps whose recruits are committed to giving youngsters in poverty an excellent education, UC Berkeley expects to send about 90 new recruits to the team.

Chancellor Birgeneau looks back: “a period where leadership mattered”

In a recent interview with NBC11, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau talked access and excellence, Dreamers, and how — despite a budget model for UC Berkeley that has changed in response to severe state funding cuts during his time as chancellor — “we still spend our money, as we should, like a public university.”

Diving into this summer’s “Reading List”

For the better part of 30 years, incoming freshmen have received a list of readings that have been recommended by Berkeley faculty and staff. This year the campus decided to try something different and asked seniors to share their wisdom in keeping with the theme for this summer’s list: “What Would Seniors Read?” The list includes both classic works and contemporary classics: novels, nonfiction, and poetry. Find out what incoming freshmen are being asked to read this summer.

What’s your favorite campus spot?

Steve Wozniak ’86, this year’s Commencement speaker, is among 10 alumni, faculty, and students who took us to their most treasured campus spots in a striking Promise of Berkeleyphoto essay. You can also check out short videos of these individuals describing their favorite places.

Wall of Fame travels distant galaxies

As Trekkies everywhere anticipated the recent opening of Star Trek Into Darkness, we took stock of several Berkeley alumni who have served as Starfleet officers past and present, in addition to other alumni are not afraid to boldly go where no one has gone before. Come back in June to meet four athletes who are also out of this world!

  • Three alumni beamed up to the Wall of Fame are George Takei, the original Sulu, John Cho ’96, reprising the role of Sulu today, and Chris Pine ’02, who commands the USS Enterprise as Captain James T. Kirk.
  • At age 65, Carmen Moran Broz started a school amidst a raging civil war in El Salvador. Today her program sends the very brightest students to college.
  • The White House recently named Minh Dang ’06 as a Champion for Change for her commitment to ending the sex trafficking of children.

Come back to Berkeley for Alumni and Family Weekend

Mark your calendar for Alumni and Family Weekend on October 4–6, 2013. Choose from more than 100 fun-filled events, including alumni parties, the Cal Parents Family Dinner, Bear Affair BBQ, faculty seminars, tours and open houses, and the Cal vs. Washington State Homecoming football game. The website and registration will open on July 1. Call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or e-mail with questions. We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Not too late to take Cal Alumni Challenge

The Cal Alumni Association is celebrating 140 years of alumni excellence and service to UC Berkeley. Learn how you can make a difference and take the Cal Alumni Challenge.



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