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Commencement Keynote Speakers

 

Keynote Speakers

Teenie Matlock

Friday, December 16, 2022
Duval Johnson ('14, '18), Mechanical Engineer and Tribologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Fred Ruiz

Saturday, December 17, 2022
Max Espinoza, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


 

Previous Keynote Speakers

2022
Teenie Matlock, UC Merced Vice Provost for the Academic Personnel, McClatchy Chair in Communications and Professor of Cognitive Science
Fred Ruiz, UC Regent Emeritus & Co-founder of Ruiz Food Products, Inc.
Cecilia V. Estolano, UC Regent Emerita & CEO & Founder of Estolano Advisors

2021
Dr. Carrie L. Byington, Executive Vice President, UC Health

2020
Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California

2019
Dorothy Leland, Chancellor

2018
Maria Cardona, CNN
Lenny Mendonca, Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Co.

2017
Lesley Slaton Brown, Chief Global Diversity Officer, HP, Inc. (E-NS)
Héctor Tobar, Author (SSHA)

2016
Diosdado P. Banatao, Partner, Tallwood Venture Capital (E-NS)
Michael P. Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (SSHA)

2015
Richard A. Tapia, University Professor, Rice University (E-NS)
Cora B. Marrett, Former Deputy Director and Acting Director, National Science Foundation (SSHA)

2014
Kristina M. Johnson, CEO, Enduring Hydra, LLC (E-NS)
Paul C. Lo, Judge, Merced County Superior Court (SSHA)

2013
José M. Hernandez, Former NASA Astronaut (E-NS)
David Mas Masumoto, Author (SSHA)

2012
Hon. Cruz Bustamante, California Lieutenant Governor (Ret.)

2011
Lloyd Dean, CEO, Dignity Health

2010
Lester Holt, NBC news anchor

2009
First Lady Michelle Obama

2008
Ruben Navarrette Jr., nationally syndicated columnist

2007
Hon. John Garamendi, Congressman and California Lieutenant Governor (Ret.)

2006
No keynote speaker