Re: Thank you!
To: All campus
April 24, 2023
To the UC Merced community,
Along with all of you who volunteered on Bobcat Day, April 22, I was elated by the record-high number of attendees and their deep interest in all that UC Merced has to offer them and their futures.
Thousands of prospective students, family members, and friends attended this signature event that put the full array of academic, athletic, cultural and social offerings of our campus on display. They explored our academic and support programs and student organizations, posed for photos with Rufus and in front of the newest public art on campus, and experienced firsthand the housing and dining options available on our campus.
But most importantly, they met all of you.
So many faculty, students and staff came to campus to talk to these future Bobcats, their parents and friends about why UC Merced should be their path to a brighter future. And your enthusiasm was such that hundreds of young scholars filed their statements of intent to register (SIRs) this weekend.
Among the students welcomed to campus on Saturday were the first cohort of our BS-to-MD program — a proud and eager group of Valley high school students (pictured above) who are ready to take on this exciting challenge. We applaud them and all our students, current and future, whose influence on UC Merced and on the world is increasingly profound.
I am also delighted to share with you that UC Merced is on track to greet a historic number of first-year students this fall. Your continued support, professionalism and advocacy to achieve this milestone is invaluable. And as you know, the enrollment growth laid out in our strategic plan is critical to building our research capacity, our staff, our physical plant and of course, our national reputation.
The part you played on Saturday, and the part you play at UC Merced every day, is pivotal to our students and to our future as a university. I applaud you for your continuing commitment to this institution and the future of higher education in the Central Valley.
Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D.