2020: Class of Perfect Vision

Congrats, graduating Black scholars of UCR! We applaud your well-deserved and much-anticipated graduation from UC Riverside. Thank you for celebrating this momentous occasion with the ASP community. We understand that these last couple of months have been challenging and have dramatically affected the closing of your university experience. We also know you worked hard for your degree, and we hope this special online celebration connects you with friends and family as you’re recognized for all your accomplishments at UCR. Congrats, Black Highlanders!

Parting Words From Our Black Graduates

After years of class discussions, letting it all out during presentations, and scribbling down your thoughts on exams — what's left to say? Listen up as these graduating Black Highlanders say their goodbyes.

"This is a Story of a Champion..."

Your Highlander memories are yours to keep forever in your hearts. But just in case you need a little reminder — we've dug up some moments that are sure to make you smile.

A Tribute to Tyler Hilliard

He was hardworking, with rigorous academic success. He was a fun-loving soul, the life-of-a-party who was always dancing. He would have graduated this year with a business degree. Tyler is missed by his entire UCR family.

Honoring Our Award Recipients

Click on each winner's photo to learn more about the significance of each award.

UCR's Graduating Black Class of 2020

Click on each graduate's photo to learn more about their studies and to read a special message from them.

More Black Scholars


Rayven Adams • Business Administration
Hanna Afeworki • Sociology
Moyinoluwa Ajayi • Neuroscience - CNAS
Patrice Barnett • Environmental Sciences
Festo Bwogi • Computer Engineering
Jalyn Clay • Public Policy
Johne Clayton • Business Administration and Marketing
Tajhaneka Daniels • Media and Cultural Studies
Victoria Davy • English
Zinet Ezedin • Biology
Lema Fusi • Education, Society, and Human Development
Celine Hendricks • Neuroscience - CNAS
Toi Hudson • Business Administration, Concentration in Marketing
Dejia Hutch • African American Studies
Makeda Joyeux • Ethnic Studies
Callie Lawson-Freeman • Media and Cultural Studies
Hailey Levi • Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
Shane Linton • Political Science/Administrative Studies
Ashanti Lopez • Sociology
E'Mhari Manor • Biology
Waahida Mansion • M.Ed in General Education with Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Sebastian Mukuria • Mechanical Engineering
Danielle Nevares • Political Science/Law and Society
Kristian Overbey • Sociology
Emerald Owens-Taylor • Liberal Studies
Gerren Lee Jovan Peace Jr • Business Administration
Naloni Smith • Sociology
Caleb Solomon • Sociology
Cheyenne Strother • Anthropology
Mary Sullivan • Political Science
Felicia Williams • African American Studies
Felicia Williams • Psychology
Kayla Williams • Liberal Studies
Kayla Willis • Psychology
Dalia Yanni • Business Administration
Bethlehem Yohannes • Neuroscience - CNAS
Sofia Youssouf • Biology