June 19th, 2013 @ 2:49 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
What a commencement we just had! Congratulations to everyone!
We’re still figuring out the final numbers, but, for all of 2012-13, we conferred an estimated 8,810 degrees, including 6,940 bachelor’s degrees and 1,870 advanced degrees.
Here’s an interesting story about three of our spring graduates: JoJo, Sarah and Frank Chang, two sisters and a brother who have always been close and supportive of one another’s dreams. So, when one of them came to UC Davis, all of them came to UC Davis — and last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each of them received a degree, something that would make any parent extremely proud.
They’re from Berkeley, where JoJo did her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. Then, in 2007, when it was time for Sarah to go to college, she chose UC Davis for its art program. JoJo came, too, for graduate studies, earning a master’s on her way to getting a Ph.D.
Frank arrived in 2008, allowing all three to live together again.
As an undergraduate, Sarah double-majored in art and psychology. Now, with a master’s in education, she plans to teach while pursuing an art career. She says her fondest memories here include taking a class from Wayne Thiebaud, meeting painter David Hollowell and, most important, having the support of her siblings along the way.
Although JoJo attended our sister campus as an undergrad, she still considers herself a lifelong Aggie. She plans to remain in academia, working in the areas of research and development. JoJo was very involved in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to youth as part of the COSMOS program, and she also worked with Professor David Horsley in the Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) lab on campus.
Besides having his sisters here, Frank was attracted to UC Davis because of our campus’s environmental awareness. An aspiring doctor, Frank has worked to help promote health education and wellness in his internships with the Student Health and Wellness Center and the UC Davis Health System. He credits his sisters’ support for his success in being able to get closer to his dream and for the baking they did at home.
As a parent, I know what it’s like to be overcome with pride and emotion as you celebrate one child’s achievement. I can only imagine how proud Yu Lin Chang and Pao Wu are of their three children.
This is a tremendous accomplishment and a great example of Aggie Pride. I ask you to join me in congratulating JoJo, Sarah, Frank and their family for this great milestone. And, again, congratulations to our entire Class of 2013!