For senior Christopher Ingle, the ultimate capstone event to his UC Merced experience is being selected to speak at commencement. The Merced County native has the unique opportunity to represent the Class of 2020 and infuse this year’s virtual ceremony with a student voice.
Ingle, a double major in English and Global Arts Studies, is a non-traditional college student. The 36-year-old, who is married and has two children, was diagnosed with autism in his late 20s. Although it wasn’t easy, he overcame many obstacles attending Merced College and transferred to UC Merced in 2017.
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We also honor Diana Lara, who received highest honors for her thesis "In the Age of Fanfiction: Redefining Literary Readership and Authorship in the Twenty-First Century." Diana also recieved UC Merced's Distinguished Student award upon graduation, and was honored virtually in May 2020.