You are here

Graduate Program: Graduation

Congratulations to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Class of 2020!

Welcome to the home of the virtual graduation ceremony for the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The celebration will commence at 5:00 PM (Pacific Time) on Thursday, June 11th, and will be followed with a virtual reception on Zoom.

Feel free to watch the ceremony on this page, or click over to YouTube in order to use the live chat feature to cheer on your family and friends!


Ceremony Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Professor D. Michael Heinekey
  • Introduction of Undergraduate Speakers
    • Professor Alshakim Nelson
  • Undergraduate Speakers
    • Kate Juergens
    • David Hales
  • Recognition of PhD Graduates
    • Professor Munira Khalil
  • Undergraduate Honors and Awards
    • Professor Gary Drobny
  • Recognition of Baccalaureate Graduates
    • Professor Forrest Michael
    • Professor David Ginger

At the conclusion of our YouTube event, we ask that students, family members, and friends join our faculty for a reception on Zoom.

Congratulate your colleagues, share a virtual toast, and introduce your families to your favorite classmates and instructors!

Individual faculty can be reached via the Zoom links below, from 6:15-7:15 PM (PT).

Michael Ailion
Charles Campbell
Gary Drobny
Dan Fu
Michael Gelb
      Liangcai Gu and        Keri Lewis
D. Michael Heinekey
Sarah Keller
Munira Khalil
David Kimelman
Justin Kollman
Xiaosong Li
Pradipsinh Rathod
Ashleigh Theberge  (available 6:15-6:45)
Gabriele Varani
Alexandra Velian
David Veesler
Andrea Wills
Jesse Zalatan
Bo Zhang
Undergraduate Advisers   Casey and Tim

 If you have questions regarding our graduation ceremony, please reach out to

Forget to RSVP? Due to student privacy laws, we will only call out the names of students who RSVP'd to our ceremony. This doesn't mean you can't participate! Please watch along and celebrate with your peers on YouTube, and join us in the Zoom reception at the end of the video. 

If you or your family members are currently in a country that does not allow viewing of YouTube, please reach out to

We will work with you on an alternate viewing platform.