ONCE A BOBCAT, ALWAYS A BOBCAT
Congratulations Class of 2021 and welcome to the University of California Merced Alumni Association! Upon graduation, all members of the Class of 2021 will obtain a free lifetime membership to the association, which is comprised of more than 14,000 alumni – and growing – in addition to joining a UC network of more than 2 million graduates. We encourage you to stay informed and engaged with your alma mater, as well as explore the many ways you can continue to give back to your Bobcat community by visiting alumni.ucmerced.edu.
Let the journey continue…
Jessica "Jessie" Anderson
Lead Manufacturing Engineer | SpaceX
B.S. | Mechanical Engineering | 2010
“Go discover yourself. Find what it is that you’re passionate about and what makes the future exciting for you. Because when you’re passionate about something, that passion turns into motivation. That motivation turns into achievements. Your struggles turn into adventures. Your failures turn into learning experiences. Your accomplishments turn into inspiration for others. You will go above and beyond. You will put in that extra effort. You will do what it takes, and you will achieve that goal.”
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
From webinars to career fairs, find out how you can leverage your UC Alumni Career Network.
Discover new career paths and connect with companies and non-profits.
UC Advocacy Network (UCAN)
Become an advocate and lend your voice to help shape state and federal policies.
Follow in the footsteps of the Bobcats before you and give towards your class gift with $20.21! Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the incredible milestone of your graduation from UC Merced by supporting a new mural that will commemorate your experience and amplify the beauty of your alma mater. Continue in the tradition of supporting a Class Gift by giving today!