UC Davis Chancellor Gary May delivering a speech at commencement

Chancellor May's message to graduates

To Degree Candidates,

Congratulations on reaching this wonderful milestone!

When you came to UC Davis, you joined a community that works to make the world a better place. You understood that academics are paramount, but you discovered that the college experience is about so much more. You learned to outgrow the expected, to exceed what’s needed and to do what’s just. And you did it all in the midst of a global pandemic, during some of the most challenging times in recent history.

Remember to use your knowledge and powers for good. Every day, try to learn something new, help someone and make the world a better place. - Chancellor Gary S. May

UC Davis has prepared you well for your next chapter, whether that’s entering the workforce, getting set for graduate school or planning something else. Our faculty and students thrive on a commitment to excellence and influence others to do the same. As you go out into the world, you’ll find members of our Aggie family everywhere, and I encourage you to make use of this valuable network and remain connected with our campus.

I hope you leave UC Davis with cherished memories and the utmost confidence in your knowledge and abilities. I hope you keep our values of excellence and openness to diverse perspectives and new ideas. Now is the time to imagine what’s possible and to consider how you will make an impact and contribute to the public good.

The world is waiting for you.

Go Ags!

Best regards,

Gary S. May Chancellor