The UC Merced Alumni Association fosters and maintains links between our alumni and UC Merced, acting as a conduit for the exchange of ideas and information to aid in the advancement of the university. Generating networks for both alumni and current students, the UC Merced Alumni Association promotes citizenship and leadership while cultivating a culture of philanthropy throughout the campus and community. Let the Journey continue!
Each of the UCMAA pillars: Community Impact, Student Support, Lifelong Learning, Advocacy and Philanthropy help drive the direction of each alumni initiative. Each pillar is served by the UCMAA Board of Directors Committees, lead by alumni in partnership with key campus and community partners.
On May 11, 2006, the first three graduates of University of California, Merced, became the founding members of the UC Merced Alumni Association (UCMAA), and the tradition of staying connected to the university began. Today, with over 12,000 alumni, the Alumni Association has grown at a rapid rate and will continue to do so for several years to come.
Open to all, UCMAA membership is free upon successful obtainment of your UC Merced undergraduate or graduate degree. From lifelong learning experiences to professional development, and from student support to opportunities to expand your network, the UCMAA offers a wide variety of programs and events for alumni to engage with their alma mater.
From the Annual Scholars Bridge Crossing to the alma mater My Merced being performed at Commencement, UC Merced has continued to establish new traditions that help educate students on what it means to be an alumnus. Each year, the graduating class has also raised funds in support of a Class Gift to help enhance their alma mater. Past Class Gifts have included the University Mace, School Flags and Bobcat Statue to name a few. Learn about our alumni traditons here.
WHAT'S AN A.L.U.M.?
At UC Merced, an A.L.U.M. is someone who Always Loves UC Merced. Since the univeristy's inception, thousands of proud alumni have continued to demostrate their passion and appreciation for their alma mater through service and support. In 1999, prior to UC Merced having its own set of graduates, the San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network, comprised of UC grads in the area, came together to serve as surrogate alumni until the campus graduated its own.