Dear University of California Merced Graduate:

Congratulations upon your graduation from the University of California Merced. Today is a tribute to you and your hard work, and also to all the many who traveled with you along the way and helped shoulder your burdens — family, friends, classmates, faculty and staff.

You and your community should be proud of this great accomplishment. You are the reason for all we do at UC Merced — your success is our success. And while in this extraordinary time we are conducting a virtual commencement ceremony, we look forward to the day when you and your loved ones can gather on campus for the celebration you deserve and have worked so hard for.

“Graduation” comes to us from the Latin “gradus,” meaning “a step.” Today’s ceremony is a very important step, but it is only one of many that you will take as you climb ever higher, in education, career and life. I want to assure you that you will not make your journey alone. Just as we all celebrate your graduation, we are all here to support you in your future endeavors — along with nearly 10,000 UC Merced alumni across California and the country.

Also know that wherever your journey takes you, you are always welcome back to UC Merced, to the heart of California, where we continue building the future.

Fiat Lux,

Nathan Brostrom

Interim Chancellor



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