Once a bobcat,
always a bobcat
Congratulations Class of 2020 and welcome to the University of California Merced Alumni Association! Upon graduation, all members of the Class of 2020 obtain free lifetime membership to the association comprised of over 12,000 alumni and growing – in addition to joining a UC alumni network of more than 2 million graduates. Stay informed and engaged with your alma mater and explore the many ways you can continue to give back to your bobcat community at alumni.ucmerced.edu.
Let the journey continue…
What makes UC Merced so special is that our students and our alumni are truly different. You see, we come from extremely hardworking families who sacrifice so much for us to have these better opportunities in our lives. We come from super humble beginnings that have taught us how to be grateful and we come from a smaller school…this has taught us how to be creative, resourceful, and diligent with what we have…what makes us different as Bobcats…actually makes us better in a lot of ways. Trust me when I say that these differentiating factors is what will be your superpowers throughout your careers, so please don’t lose track of who you are and where you come from.
Ish Verduzco Director of Growth & Marketing | Crave It B.S. | Management | 2014
Alumni Traditions - Alma Mater
In 2014, the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees were discussing long-term objectives such as greater engagement and support, when the idea of an alma mater emerged. Originated in 18th-century England, an alma mater is a song or hymn that lyrically expresses loyalty to a school, college or university. The Board Chairman at the time, Lee Kolligian, recommended Jimmy Dunne, an accomplished songwriter and music producer in Los Angeles. Dunne has earned more than 70 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, along with Grammy, Emmy, Country Music Award, Broadcast Music Inc. and Juno awards and nominations as a songwriter and publisher. My Merced captures the spirit of the university and has become a campus tradition being performed at each Commencement Ceremony as students make their transition to alumnus.
Generating networks for both alumni and current students, the UC Merced Alumni Association promotes citizenship and leadership while cultivating a culture of philanthropy throughout the campus and community.
Photos taken from Alumni events prior to COVID-19 pandemic
UC Alumni Career Network Series
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UC Advocacy Network (UCAN)
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CLASS OF 2020
A LASTING LEGACY FOR FUTURE BOBCATS
In recognition of their achievements, the 2020 Class Gift will amplify the Bobcat experience by supporting the annual Scholars Bridge Crossing, the Professional Clothing Closet, student scholarships, and the Student Emergency Fund. Continue the tradition of giving by celebrating and supporting the 2020 Class Gift today!