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Former US Vice President Al Gore to Serve as UC San Diego Commencement Speaker

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The University of California San Diego has announced that climate advocate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will serve as UC San Diego’s 2024 All Campus Commencement speaker. This year’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at RIMAC Field.

“Vice President Gore has long been committed to raising global awareness around and helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change — a commitment UC San Diego shares — and we are honored to feature him as our Commencement keynote speaker,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Our founder, oceanographer Roger Revelle, whose pioneering research on climate change planted the seeds of activism in Mr. Gore, also formed the foundation for our decades of work in understanding the effects of and finding solutions for climate change as a top-tier research university committed to the greater good.”

According to his official bio, “Gore is the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to solving the climate crisis, a founding partner and serves as chairman of Generation Investment Management and a co-founder of Climate TRACE. He also is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a past member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors and a member of the World Economic Forum’s board of trustees.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982, and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on Jan. 20, 1993, and served eight years. 

He is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-sellers “An Inconvenient Truth” and “The Assault on Reason,” The New York Times best-sellers “Earth in the Balance,” “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” and most recently, The New York Times best-seller, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” 

Gore is the subject of the documentary movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won two Oscars in 2006, and a second documentary in 2017, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ’informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.’ ”

He was awarded the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s inaugural Roger Revelle Prize during a 2009 visit to the university and spoke with UC San Diego students as part of a livestream Q&A during a screening of his film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power."

The 2024 All Campus Ceremony will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at RIMAC Field. Chancellor Khosla will officially confer degrees by academic division upon graduates gathered as one student body. The ceremony also will be livestreamed for graduates or their families who are unable to join in person. Visit UC San Diego’s Commencement website beginning at 6:15 p.m. on June 15 in PDT to view the livestream.

Commencement 2024 Schedule of Ceremonies

Graduates and their guests are also encouraged to attend their undergraduate college, graduate school or graduate division ceremonies, where they will be recognized by name.

Ceremonies will be held June 14 through June 16 for each of the colleges as well as for the Rady School of Management, School of Global Policy & Strategy and the Graduate Division. The School of Medicine will hold a commencement celebration on Sunday, June 2 at the Epstein Family Amphitheater. The complete schedule of ceremonies is available on the UC San Diego Commencement website.

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