Google Cloud’s Diane Bryant Among UC Davis Graduation Speakers

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Thousands of UC Davis students will celebrate educational milestones at commencements through June 17. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)
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Diane Bryant

Diane Bryant, chief operating officer of Google Cloud, will return to her alma mater as one of the guest speakers at the June commencements of the University of California, Davis.

Twice named one of Forbes magazine’s most powerful women in business during her 32-year career at Intel, Bryant will speak at the Graduate School of Management commencement at 10 a.m. on June 16 at the Mondavi Center.

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Caroline S. Turner

Other guest speakers, also alumni of the university, are Caroline S. Turner, an award-winning professor of education at California State University, Sacramento, and Lincoln Professor emerita at Arizona State University, June 13; Robert B. Tucker, a futurist and president of The Innovation Resource Consulting Group, June 14; and Tim Bucher, executive vice president and chief product officer at Scientific Games and owner of Trattore Farms winery and olive oil company in Dry Creek Valley, California, June 17.

Bryant, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985, is an advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in the engineering and technology fields. In 2013, she established what is now the Diane Bryant Endowed Scholarship for Women in Engineering.

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Robert B. Tucker

Turner, who focuses her work on access, equity, leadership and qualitative approaches to policy research in education, will address the graduation celebration of the School of Education at 4 p.m. on June 13 at the Mondavi Center. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in psychology in 1970, both from UC Davis, she was awarded a doctorate in administration and policy from Stanford University in 1988.

Tucker, a keynote speaker on strategic innovation and co-author of Winning the Innovation Game, will address the Graduate Studies commencement at 3 p.m. on June 14 in the Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science-public service in 1978.

Head-and-shoulders photo of Tim Bucher
Tim Bucher

Bucher, a technology entrepreneur and executive before joining the gaming technology company, will speak at the College of Engineering commencement at 3 p.m. on June 17 in the Pavilion. He graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1986 and earned a master’s in computer architecture from Stanford University in 1988.

The university will recognize thousands of graduates with undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in fields ranging from biological sciences to the humanities.

Commencement calendar

Following is a list of upcoming commencement dates, times and locations:

  • June 13 — School of Education, 4 p.m. at the Mondavi Center
  • June 14 — Graduate Studies, 3 p.m. in the Pavilion
  • June 15 — College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Pavilion
  • June 16 — College of Letters and Science, 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Pavilion
  • June 16 — Graduate School of Management, 10 a.m. at the Mondavi Center
  • June 17 — College of Biological Sciences, 9 a.m. in the Pavilion
  • June 17 — College of Engineering, 3 p.m. in the Pavilion

Commencements for the law, medical and veterinary medicine schools were held in May.

More information

Ten graduation celebrations for communities on campus will also be held from June 7 through June 16. More information on these events and commencements, including ticket requirements for admission to most commencements, is available at the commencement website.

Live and on-demand webcasts of each of the commencements will be available.

In 2016-17, UC Davis conferred a total of 10,478 degrees: 8,477 bachelor’s, 612 professional, 872 master’s and 517 doctoral degrees.

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