2018 Commencement speakers

Thursday, June 14

  • Grad Division - Kingsley Odigie, Ph.D.: University of California Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Riverside (UCR)

Friday, June 15

  • Engineering Celebration - Christopher Seiwald: Got a computer science degree from UC, started a software company in the Bay Area, ran it successfully for over 20 years, and then sold it to become an angel investor and philanthropist.

Saturday, June 16

  • Cowell College - Catherine Carlstroem: UCSC alum (BA Literature 1984, PhD American Literature 2001), and has taught here as a Lecturer in the Humanities for more than twenty five years.
  • Merrill - Mufaddal Ezzy: CA Manager, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google.
  • Porter - Ziggy Bendeler Bergman: A poet and artist, and a member of the first graduating class of College V, 1973, majoring in Aesthetic studies. 
  • Kresge - Donna Haraway: She writes and teaches in science and technology studies, feminist theory, and multispecies studies. An ardent undergraduate teacher, she has also served as thesis adviser for over 60 doctoral students.
  • Oakes - Keith Curry: President/CEO of the Compton College and Compton Community College District.
  • Rachel Carson - Sue Carter: Recently appointed as new Provost of Rachel Carson College, is currently a Professor of Physics, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and the Director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sunday, June 17

  • Crown - David Brin: Scientist, best-selling author, tech-consultant and speaker David Brin is best-known for shining light - plausibly and entertainingly - on technology, society, and countless challenges confronting our rambunctious civilization.
  • Stevenson - Bev Crair: Vice President of Lenovo’s Data Center Group Product Development and Quality team.
  • College 9 - Tess Bridgeman: A Santa Cruz native, and the daughter of the late Professor Bruce Bridgeman (Psychology, UCSC), and Diane Bridgeman (a clinical psychologist and active Santa Cruz community member).  A Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar, Tess has a D.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University; a J.D. from NYU Law School, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, which she attended as a Root-Tilden- Kern and Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar; and a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, with Distinction and Departmental Honors.
  • College 10 - MariaElena De La Garza: Executive Director of Community Action Board in Watsonville, a non-profit organization with over 5 decades of work combating poverty, violence, food insecurity, and homelessness.