Season’s greetings UCMAA Members,
2016 has been a monumental year for UC Merced: from being ranked nationally for the first time, to our tremendous alumni giving, to our alumni population reaching over 6,000.
Just last week I had the honor and privilege to welcome about 400 more members into our association during the inaugural Winter Graduation Celebration. While smaller and more intimate than our traditional Commencement ceremonies in the Spring, it had plenty of pomp and circumstance with a UC Merced flare to honor the students’ transition to alumni.
Late last month, we had our 3rd annual #GiveTueUCM – day of giving campaign. We surpassed our goal of “$500K in a Day” raising over $718,000 of support including matching funds. I would like to personally thank all 155 alumni donors who contributed. Alumni giving participation is a key statistic used in the school rankings like the U.S. News & World Report – evident in our national rankings debut earlier this year. In addition, we ranked #3 in the UC System for alumni giving participation—just behind UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbra. With your help, we will be #1 in the UC System! The fact that you give and support our alma mater speaks volumes about our passion for UC Merced. Every donor and every dollar makes an impact!
Thank you for getting involved and staying engaged with UC Merced. Stay warm and safe this holiday season and have a happy new year! We look forward to connecting again in 2017!
Let the Journey Continue...
Keith Ellis ‘12
UC Merced Alumni Association