Graduate Division

Celebration of Graduate Success

Saturday, May 19, 2018
 University of California, Irvine | Newkirk Alumni Center

Online registration is now open


The 3rd Annual Celebration of Graduate Success will invite graduate alumni back to campus for a professional development conference. Alumni will have the opportunity to take advantage of the best of the professional development programs that Graduate Division offers our current grad students and postdocs, but elevated for our working professionals. In addition, our grad alumni will have the opportunity to network and engage once again with UCI.

Please continue to check back as we add more details regarding this year's event.

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The First Celebration

In commemoration of UCI’s 50th anniversary, the inaugural 2016 Celebration of Graduate Success highlighted five decades of graduate program impact and some of our most successful graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni. The event featured alumni speakers and panelists who represented the Bright Past. Brilliant Future. of UC Irvine’s graduate degree programs. On Friday, June 9, 2017, we will celebrate again. This year’s program will move the conversation along to focus on action that all graduate community stakeholders can take to help UCI build a stronger model for graduate professional success.

Professional Development and Impact on Graduate Education

Graduate education is changing at a rapid pace and professional development has become that much more essential to the future success of our students. Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and their research are impacting the world in profound and visible ways. Here at UCI, we encourage our students and scholars to not only develop skills in the classroom and lab, but to acquire a new level of professional development as their journey leads them into their future careers – in whichever industry or field that may be. Our alumni understand and have experienced this journey firsthand. So we call on this important Anteater community to provide their prospective and inform an action plan for graduate professional success.

Throughout the day, our conversations will surround the key competencies of Graduate Professional Success in transforming how graduate students and post-doctoral scholars develop a strong professional identity and create career plans. This include:

  • Communications & Cultural Fluency
  • Leadership & Management
  • Careers & Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Life Skills
  • Teaching & Pedagogy

Be a Part of the Conversation

We need your voice! Join our community on social media and connect with fellow alumni and current students, postdoctoral scholars, staff and faculty in the graduate community. Learn what’s happening on campus, what’s coming up on the Graduate Division calendar, and how you can continue to be involved in the community.








We look forward to celebrating with you soon. If you have questions, please email us at

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