University Of San Diego Set To Graduate 2,600 New Law, Graduate And Undergraduate Changemakers During Five Commencement Ceremonies

SAN DIEGO – The University of San Diego’s 2019 Commencement ceremonies will take place over two weekends beginning this Saturday, May 18, at 9:00 a.m. with the School of Law ceremony.

Four other commencement ceremonies will follow including:

  • Graduate Ceremony 1: Sunday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. – School of Leadership and Education Sciences and Professional and Continuing Education;
  • Graduate Ceremony 2: Saturday, May 25, 10:00 a.m. – College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.
  • Undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences: Sunday, May 26, 9:00 a.m., and
  • Undergraduate School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Sunday, May 26, 2:00 p.m.

For the 62ndSchool of Law Commencement Ceremony, alumnus Shaka Johnson, ’03 (JD), will address more than 250 School of Law degree candidates and their family, friends and faculty as the School of Law Commencement speaker.

Currently the Vice President, Associate General Counsel for Sony Electronics, Johnson graduated from USD School of Law in 2003. As head of Sony’s legal department, Johnson and his team are responsible for all traditional legal affairs for the Sony Electronics business in North America. Prior to rejoining Sony Electronics, Johnson spent three years as an Associate General Counsel at Facebook, leading the Global Sales and Marketing legal team for the company’s AR/VR group, including Oculus VR.

2019 Undergraduate Valedictorians:

  • Kristina Kimsey, a 4.0 student, is receiving her bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from USD’s College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, Kristina will attend USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences where she will pursue a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and teacher's credentials.
  • Gregory Gibson, School of Business, is receiving his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Economics. Gregory, who will graduate with a 3.96 GPA, has accepted a position with Software Equity Group in San Diego as a software mergers and acquisitions analyst.
  • Maddy Horn, a Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering graduate, will receive her bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Maddy, who has maintained a 3.98 GPA, will join G2 Ops, Inc., a technology and cyber security firm.


Graduating class highlights:

  • Seven McNair Scholars will continue their studies in doctoral programs;
  • 18 graduates, 11 Naval NROTC and 7 Marines have completed the U.S. Naval NROTC program and will be commissioned as Ensigns in the Navy or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.
  • Three students have accepted appointments with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps; and
  • Five graduates have joined the Peace Corps.

Official data will not be available for several months, but many graduating students have accepted career-track positions including appointments at companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Dell Technologies, Northrop Grumman and Qualcomm.



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.


Pamela Gray Payton
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