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May 21, 2009 | MEGHAN DAUM
Commencement addresses are a bit like wedding toasts. A handful are memorable; the rest tend to trigger such musings as, "Why did I wear such uncomfortable shoes?" "Will anyone notice if I send a text?" and "How drunk am I likely to be by the end of the evening?" But unlike nuptial tributes, which (unless you're in Japan, where they often hire pros) are delivered by unpaid amateurs, graduation speeches are less about the message than the messenger.
May 17, 2009 | Larry Gordon
First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday urged the first full graduating class at UC Merced to help solve society's problems with the same creativity and persistence they showed in wooing her to be their commencement speaker and in pioneering the 4-year-old campus in the San Joaquin Valley. "Why did I chose the University of California Merced to deliver my first commencement speech as first lady? Well, let me tell you something, the answer is simple. You inspired me.
May 10, 2009 | Larry Gordon
They were the trailblazers, this first full class about to graduate from the University of California, Merced. And like most pioneers, they had to create their own traditions amid adversity and attrition. When they arrived as freshmen in the fall of 2005, classroom buildings weren't ready on the fledgling campus, a former golf course surrounded by cow pastures in the San Joaquin Valley.
April 8, 2009 | Larry Gordon
The University of California confirmed Tuesday what applicants and guidance counselors already knew firsthand: It was harder to gain admission to many of UC's nine undergraduate campuses this year. Mainly in response to budget-related enrollment cutbacks for the fall, the percentage of California applicants offered freshman admission by at least one UC campus dropped from 75.4% last year to 72.5% this year, a decline of 3.85%, according to data released Tuesday.
March 28, 2009 | Seema Mehta
First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement speech at UC Merced, the White House announced Friday. The UC campus opened in 2005, so Obama will be addressing the first full senior class when she speaks May 16. The graduation speech is one of two Obama is scheduled to deliver this spring. The other is at a Washington, D.C., charter high school. -- Seema Mehta
January 24, 2009 | Larry Gordon
The number of applicants for both freshman and transfer admission to the University of California for fall 2009 has hit record highs, even as UC prepares to reduce freshman enrollment, officials announced Friday. Applications for freshman admission to at least one UC campus for the fall totaled 98,002, up 2.9% from last year. The number of California residents seeking entrance as freshmen rose 1.6% to 80,730, while out-of-state and international applicants increased 10% to 17,272.
January 10, 2009 | Larry Gordon
University of California officials on Friday proposed reducing freshman enrollment for next fall by 2,300 students, or about 6%, to cope with what they said is insufficient state funding. Enrollment would not be cut at UCLA and UC Berkeley, the most popular campuses, and expansion would continue at UC Merced, the newest school, according to the plan that is to be reviewed by the UC regents next week.
March 28, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Leo Kolligian, a San Joaquin Valley attorney, developer and former chairman of the University of California Board of Regents who championed the construction of the first new UC campus in 40 years, UC Merced, died March 20 of leukemia at his Fresno home. He was 90. Kolligian was appointed a UC regent by Gov. George Deukmejian and served from 1985 to 1997. He was chairman in 1988, when the Legislature authorized the Merced campus, the 10th in the UC system.
January 30, 2008 | Larry Gordon
The University of California has received a record number of applications for freshman admission, with 95,201 students trying to gain entrance in the fall to at least one of its nine undergraduate campuses, UC officials announced Tuesday. That is a 9.2% increase over last year and represents in part a demographic bulge in high school graduates. As has been true for about a decade, UCLA again received the most applications -- 55,346 -- of any school in the nation. UCLA has been under pressure to increase the number of its African American undergraduates, which had been declining until a turnaround last fall.
June 13, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
The University of California system reported Tuesday that 37,465 students are planning to enroll as freshmen in the fall -- an increase of just 75 students over last year at the nine undergraduate campuses. Overall, the UC schools showed slight gains in the percentages of Latino and African American freshmen. Blacks will constitute 3.6% of new, first-year students from the United States, compared with 3% last year, and Latinos 17.5%, up from 16.3% last fall. Asian Americans will make up 41.
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