Virtual Celebrations Honor Graduates Across the Division

Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

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Rebecca Woolf, Data Science major, Economics emphasis (Spring 2020)

May 18, 2020

The inaugural Division of Computing, Data Science (CDSS), and Society digital yearbook highlights graduates that completed the Data Science major in the following terms: Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 as well as graduates from our student team in the Data Science Education Program. 

The Data Science Education Program is celebrating 331 graduates who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Data Science this spring, a degree that just became available last year. The graduating class includes students with two dozen different domain emphases in diverse fields, including applied mathematics; computational biology; psychology; social welfare, health & poverty; and urban science. 

In an online tribute, CDSS Associate Provost Jennifer Chayes said: "You are leaders and innovators with the spirit and skills to thrive and make a difference in the rapidly transforming world that you're graduating into."

Anna Boser

Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small

Among the Highlights: 

Statistics major Anna Boser earned the University Medal(link is external), UC Berkeley’s highest honor for a graduating senior. She grew up in Berkeley and had aimed to venture somewhere new for college, but the universe had other plans. In the end, that worked out just fine.

“I really wanted to go to UCLA, but I got rejected. I got rejected from Stanford. I got rejected from USC. I got rejected from pretty much everywhere,” says Boser. “Berkeley was by far the best college that I got into, and even though I wanted to get away from my hometown, Cal ended up being exactly the right fit for me.”

Tribute to Spring 2020 Graduates of the Berkeley School of Information

In an online tribute, the School of Information celebrated the 168 graduates from the class of May 2020. The class includes 45 graduates from the Master of Information in Management and Systems (MIMS) program, 107 from the Master of Information and Data Science program (MIDS), 12 from the Master of Information and Cybersecurity program (MICS), and four Ph.D. graduates.

In the tribute, Head of School and Associate Dean Steve Weber said: “What’s on my mind today is just how important and central the work of the I School is and the work that we all do to moving from where we all are now and this sense of abnormality, to some kind of new normal or some kind of change circumstances where it’s pretty clear that technology is going to play a much greater role in our lives.” 

Berkeley Engineering: Seeing 2020

College of Engineering Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu introduced the inaugural online celebration of Berkeley Engineering graduates. "We are proud of our Class of 2020, which has weathered disasters like none before to reach this milestone," she wrote. "Thank you all for joining us to celebrate the achievements of our graduates and to affirm the power of community to overcome adversity.

We are living in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and food and water insecurity threatening our global society. The world needs Berkeley Engineers now, more than ever."