University of San Diego to Graduate Changemakers

Some 2,252 new University of San Diego Changemakers in business, education, engineering, law, liberal arts, nursing and peace studies are graduating: The School of Law on Saturday, May 14; Graduate Programs on Saturday, May 21, and Undergraduate Programs on Sunday, May 22.

Hundreds of graduates are San Diego residents whose family and friends will join them for the celebration. Many graduates are the first in their family to earn a college degree. Most all of the graduates, including our master’s and PhD students, have participated in the transformative experience of studying abroad.

Notable graduates in the 2016 class:
• Four students, including Alejandra Lopez-Cuellar, are the first graduates of USD’s Torero Renaissance Scholars program providing mentoring, support and other services for former foster and at-risk for homelessness youth.
• Valedictorians are Marta Stojanovic, a behavioral neuroscience major from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Blake Sherman, a business administration major from the School of Business
• 2016 Graduates hired by Amazon, Citibank, General Atomics, JPMorgan Chase and other leading firms
• 12 graduates are joining Teach for America, the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and other service organizations.
• 13 graduates from the McNair Scholars program that prepares underrepresented and first-generation college students for master’s and PhD program.
Details for each ceremony follows. All ceremonies take place in the university’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.

School of Law
Saturday, May 14
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Speaker: Derek Aberle, JD '96, President, Qualcomm Incorporated
235 graduates will receive JD, LLM and master's in Legal Studies degrees

Graduate Commencement
Saturday, May 21
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Speaker: Robert E. Price, President of Price Charities and Price Philanthropies Foundation and Chairman of the Board, PriceSmart, Inc.
717 graduates will receive master’s and PhDs

College of Arts and Sciences
Sunday, May 22
9:00 to 11:00 a.m
Speaker: Ron Fowler, Chairman, USD Board of Trustees; Executive Chairman, San Diego Padres and CEO, Liquid Investments, Inc.
650 graduates will receive bachelor’s degrees

School of Business & Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
Sunday, May 22
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, Professor of Surgery and Ophthalmology, University of Utah School of Medicine, and Co-Director, Himalayan Cataract Project

650 graduates will receive bachelor’s degrees.
“Our graduates are inspired and exceptional Changemakers in their chosen professions, capable of creating a more just, healthy, peaceful and prosperous world in the years ahead,” said University of San Diego President James T. Harris III, DEd, who will address his first class of graduates since joining USD as its fourth president this past August.
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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.