Congratulations Anteater Engineering Class of 2024! (2024)

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June 25, 2024 - “Today is the culmination of one of the greatest adventures of your life, an epic journey, a high mountain to climb,” said UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman to the 2024 class of Anteater engineers at the Samueli School of Engineering commencement ceremony on June 16. “You’ve done an amazing job. You have enriched our lives greatly and on behalf of all of us, our heartfelt congratulations, you are now an Anteater for life.”

This year’s commencement coincided with Father’s Day, and the Bren Events Center was overflowing with families, friends and well-wishers. The Samueli School of Engineering awarded approximately 113doctorates, 275master’s degrees and 827 bachelor’s degrees.

Joyce Chen, student commencement speaker, wished all the fathers a happy Father’s Day and thanked them for sharing the day. She expressed her hope that as engineers, her class would have more than the head knowledge to solve problems but the heart to do it with integrity.

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Chen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and is from a family of Anteaters. She is also a lead engineer in an award-winning medical devicedesigned to improve women’s health care.She encouraged her peers to play the long game, “not for some prize we wish to win but for those who surround us right now. May our vision inspire hope to dream grander dreams than what’s in front of us, and may our passion be a fire that cannot be quenched,” she said. “The long game is a team sport and a lot more fun when we play together. Congratulations Class of 2024, our training might be over but the long game has just begun.”

Samueli School Dean Magnus Egerstedt introduced the featured commencement speaker Lindsey Spindle, president of the Samueli Family Philanthropies. Spindle reminded students that four years ago, they were graduating high school on Zoom. “Today you stand here as deeply accomplished UCI graduates prepared to help solve our world’s biggest challenges -- like decarbonizing our economy, preventing another global pandemic or maybe even designing the next Peloton to start a fitness movement and improve people’s health.”

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She offered words of advice, some borrowed from her favorite Peloton instructors. “You are clipped in, ready to ride away from this extraordinary school of engineering, so drop your baggage, listen to others’ suggestions, but always own your decisions. Get comfortable being uncomfortable and know that we forever have our hands on your backs as you take to the road, ready to shine, lead and soar.”

Spindle also reminded the fresh alumni of their lifelong ties to UCI. “Graduating college is a bit like the principles of quantum entanglement, your particles are forever iinked to UCI, and UCI is forever linked to you,” Spindle said. “No matter how far you go from the University of California, Irvine, you will remain forever interconnected.”

In closing the ceremony, Egerstedt encouraged everyone to applaud the special guests in attendance, all those who supported and, in many cases, made great sacrifices so that students could graduate. He then congratulated students on behalf of the whole Samueli School of Engineering. “I want to tell you how incredibly proud we are of you. Even though we rightly brag about all the world class research that happens at our school, that pales in comparison to what we are celebrating here today. Because the number one thing we produce is people; people who go through our programs and go out into the world as researchers, educators, policymakers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.”

Graduates marched out of the center in procession and began their celebrations with families and friends, relieved that it was over and excited for the next chapter.

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“It’s been a long journey,” said Ken Chih who earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. “I’m grateful for my family and friends, and proud of myself as well.”

Jimena Londono Naranjo earned a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and landed a position as a research and development engineer with MicroVention, an Orange County company that develops minimally invasive medical devices to treat neurovascular diseases. She said her UCI experience was of great help on her career path. “I learned really cool stuff, my professors were extremely helpful in guiding me toward the career I wanted, and I appreciate all of their support.”

Dean Egerstedt left the graduates with this exhortation, “I want to remind you of a quote from Spiderman’s uncle: ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ And you now have a new superpower, you are Anteater engineers. use your superpower for good, leave the planet better than you found it.”

– Lori Brandt

Congratulations Anteater Engineering Class of 2024! (2024)


Why does UCI say zot? ›

On November 30, 1965, the Anteater was officially chosen in a student election as the mascot of UC Irvine, and "Zot!" the cry that an anteater was imagined to make when attacking its prey, became the campus battle cry.

What is UC Irvine's mascot? ›

What is the nickname of the University of California Irvine? ›

Thanks to a student vote on Nov. 30, 1965, "Anteaters" officially became UC Irvine's nickname, receiving 559 of 998 votes, or 56 percent. It needed 51 percent to win.

Is UCI a public Ivy? ›

Here is the list of public ivy league schools, 'original' ones, according to Moll's book: College of William & Mary. Miami University. University of California system (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz)

Is UCI considered prestigious? ›

Institutional Honors. UCI is one of 71 universities in the U.S. and Canada elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. UCI is ranked among nation's top 10 public universities for the ninth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report.

What is UC Irvine famous for? ›

The campus has produced five Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UC Irvine has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs.

Why did UCI choose Anteaters? ›

Water polo players Pat Glasgow and Bob Ernst, unimpressed by mascot suggestions from university administration, proposed the anteater idea to some friends. As fans of Johnny Hart's comic strip "B.C.," which featured an anteater who cried "ZOT!" the long-nosed, bushy-tailed mammal seemed to be a natural choice.

What is the UCI motto? ›

University of California, Irvine
MottoFiat lux (Latin)
Motto in English"Let there be light"
TypePublic land-grant research university
EstablishedOctober 4, 1965
Parent institutionUniversity of California
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Is UC Irvine hard to get into? ›

For every 100 applicants, 21 are admitted. This means the school is very selective. If you meet UC Irvine's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in.

Is UC Irvine a pretty campus? ›

University of California Irvine is one of United States' premium universities and has a beautiful campus. It is marvelously designed in that the buildings are situated in the circumference of a large circle so it's easy to find your way around.

Is UCI a well known school? ›

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation's top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

What is ZOT slang for? ›

(slang, transitive) To zap, kill, or destroy.

What is a ZOT account balance UCI? ›

Your ZOT Account reflects charges billed to you, as well as credits and payments made to your account. Generally, balances are due by the 15th of every month. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, your balance will be due on the next business day.

Why do anteaters say ZOT? ›

Inspired by Johnny Hart's comic strip, ”ZOT” the cry that an anteater makes when attacking its prey, became the campus official battle cry afterward as well. Therefore, names of some resources on UCI's campus or links on UCI's websites start with “ZOT”, such as “ZOT Account”, “ZOT Link”, “ZOT Portal”, “ZOT Mail”, etc.

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