2020 Commencement Celebration
While the college is unable to have its traditional commencement ceremony this May, we still are eager to celebrate our graduates. There was a live commencement address by Dean David Ackerly on Monday, May 18th at 12 pm. A recording is available below. Along with chats from the during the ceremony and additional messages of support from the faculty.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus to celebrate your achievement in person!
– Linda Rafferty
You guys did it! Love to PMB and MEB in particular! XOXO
– Patricia Helyer
Congratulations MB and GPB graduating students!
– Arash Komeili
So very excited for all of you. Congratulations! Keep being kind, working hard and being your bright selves! All of you, especially SE!
– Ryann Madden
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST-GENERATION GRADUATES!!!! SUPER PROUD OF YOU!!!
– J D
Three cheers for all the families and friends who helped the graduates get where they are!
– Linda Rafferty
Stay in touch with your advisors - we miss you already!
– Meaghan DeRespini
CNR: First College, Best College.
– Arash Komeili
Thank you, College of Natural Resources!!! I will miss you!
– Rose Curley
Congratulations graduates! So very proud of you and your accomplishments. Special shout out to my MEB peeps!!!! Wish I could be there to call out your names as you walk across the stage, but please know I am celebrating with you virtually. Big hugs to you all!!!
Congratulations to all the 2020 #CALGRAD and families! #We’reAllInThisTogether Go Bear Family
Congratulations to our ARE Class of 2020. We celebrated via zoom, with families and friends from all over the world. Here is to these Spectacular new members of our ARE Alumni Family!
– Sofia Villas-Boas
It was a pleasure to teach you, get to know you, and I cannot wait to hear from you in the future, and learn about all of the great things you will do now. Congratulations, do stay in touch and……………GOOOOOOOOOO BEARS!
– Sofia Villas-Boas, Professor in ARE
I’m so proud of all of you and very much look forward to seeing how you use your outstanding education to change the world! Your creativity, work ethic, enthusiasm, optimism and passion for your field will always be in demand--Go Bears!
– Britt Glaunsinger
Class of 2020 - though the conclusion of your Berkeley chapter was far from normal, I know that the rest of your journey will be filled with magnificent adventures and tremendous accomplishments! We’re so proud of you. Please stay in touch and come back to visit!
– Craig Crossley - Intake Advisor in the Office of Instruction & Student Affairs
Congratulations to all our graduating seniors, who have succeeded by persevering through some of the most unusual and challenging semesters in memory. May you all be proud of your many accomplishments and work together to build a flourishing future.
– Ken Worthy, lecturer
Best wishes and much success as you go forth and work on behalf of justice and sustainability. Thank you for inspiring us while you were at Berkeley, and keep in touch!
– CNR Dean Emeritus J. Keith Gilless
“Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter.” - Edward Abbey
– Kathryn De Master, ESPM faculty
Best wishes as you launch your career. You will be surprised how valuable the skills and tools you gained at Rausser CNR are. I trust you will choose a path that will be fulfilling and rewarding, and contribute to making the world better.
– David Zilberman, alumnus and faculty member
The resilience and grit and empathy that students in this class have demonstrated over these challenging months has been awesome and inspiring. These are the things that will carry you onward and upward. Go Bears!
– Meredith Fowlie
Congratulations graduates!!! It's been a great pleasure serving as instructor and mentor to many of you, and I am excited to see all that comes next for you. Please be well, do good work, and keep in touch.
– Ben Blackman, Assistant Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
2020 Commencement Slideshow of Graduates
Messages from Alumni
Congratulations on this momentous achievement! Take a moment for mindfulness, to soak it in and enjoy. But it doesn't end there...this is the beginning of a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and self-betterment. The world is in the throes of global pandemic and climate crisis, and we need you. We need you to fight, to love, and to cite in Nature format.
– Ayla Benavides Quesada, BS ‘05
Go forth into the world armed with a degree from the best public university in the world. Know that this alumna feels more confident in the future because you and your classmates are leading the charge, ready to attack future challenges. Go Bears!
– Cindy, BS ‘09
Congratulations everyone! It is an unbelievably impressive accomplishment to graduate from the Rausser College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. You are entering into an exciting stage of your life where you will be able to explore your career interest and apply what you've learned to real world issues.
– Scott Kaplan, BS '14, MS '17, PhD ‘21 (anticipated)
First off, congratulations! You've accomplished something significant. I'm sorry that the pandemic is keeping you apart from your classmates and also that you can't have the ritual that is graduation, complete with gowns that don't breathe, meals and parties with family, friends, and classmates, and tossing your mortarboard in celebration. I hope that you can celebrate anyway, and I wish you the best in making your way in our changed world.
– Wienke Tax, MS ‘93
Congratulations graduates and your families! “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” We all wish that we could celebrate together and honor you in the usual way, but the loss of a ceremony doesn't diminish your accomplishments. Be well, be safe, be kind to others and yourselves. Go Bears!
– Proud Cal Parent
Congratulations to the class of 2020! There is always opportunity in challenges, stay positive! I wish all of you joy and fulfillment in your careers.
– Alumnus, MDP
"We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it." - Wendell Berry
– Ingrid Brill, MDP ‘16
In lieu of the formal commencement this Spring, find an alternative way to mark this occasion. Because you earned the right to celebrate. Your community will thank you for shedding some light during these dark days...You did it. The studying, the late nights in the library, those killer problem sets... Let me tell you: it was all worth it. You are now members of one of the most important groups to exist: alumni of the Rausser College of Natural Resources. Your degree is more than a piece of paper hanging on the wall; rather, it is a symbol that you possess the capability to see the bigger picture, to see the bigger world, in a manner few else can. Go Bears!
– Michael Colvin, BS ‘05, MPP ‘07
Out of chaos comes opportunity – look for those opportunities, – because they’re out there. When you survive something like this pandemic, especially at a young age, you will know for the rest of your life that you can survive anything. That will be a strength upon which you can always rely.
– Kass Green, BS ‘74
Student Speaker Address by Kristina Chan
Kristina Chan, our student commencement speaker, majored in Molecular Environmental Biology and minored in Bioengineering. She is graduating with honors and will be pursuing a Masters in Bioengineering this coming fall.
Message of Congratulations and Hope from Javier Arevalo
Javier Arevalo, President of the Rausser of College of Natural Resources alumni association, gives the following message of hope and congratulations to the class of 2020.
Awards and Citations
Kenneth L. Babcock Prize in the field of Environmental Science
Annapurna Holtzapple - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
David B. Coats - Agricultural Resource Economics
Julie Lake - Plant and Microbial Biology
Dan Luca - Nutritional Science & Toxicology
Skye Michel - Conservation & Resource Studies
Adam Taylor - Ecosystems Management & Forestry
Charlotte Favre - Environmental Science
Phillip de Lorimier - Molecular Environmental Biology
Annapurna Holtzapple - Society & Environment
Cameron Yuki - Genetics and Plant Biology
Julie Lake - Microbial Biology
Christian T. Fong - Environmental Economics & Policy
Jacqueline Liu - Nutritional Science & Toxicology - Dietetics
Austin Cahill - Nutritional Science & Toxicology - Physiology & Metabolism
Kathy Ding - Nutritional Science & Toxicology - Toxicology