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HCDE Graduation Celebration

2021 HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 9
2 – 4 p.m. PDT

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The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering annually holds a ceremony to celebrate graduates from across our academic programs.

The 2021 HCDE graduation ceremony will be a live, virtual event, and we invite families and friends of the graduates to join us in the celebration. Graduates will receive a link to join the ceremony on Zoom, and families may stream the event live on YouTube.

Graduates and families, when sharing social media posts about our 2021 graduates, please use the hashtag #HCDEgrad so we can join in your celebration. You can also add a message to graduates on our Graduation Kudoboard.

The 2021 ceremony will feature...

  • Welcome remarks by HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz
  • Guest commencement address by Julie Zhuo
  • Presentation of HCDE's annual awards of excellence
  • Individual recognition of each graduate by Brock Craft (undergraduate program director) and Tyler Fox (master's program director)
  • Remarks about graduating PhD students by their faculty advisors

2021 HCDE Graduation Speaker

Julie Zhuo
Author, Co-founder of Sundial

Julie Zhuo is the co-founder of Sundial, which builds tools to help companies understand the story of their data to make better decisions. Before that she was the VP of Product Design for the Facebook app, where she helped scale the service from 10 million users to over 2 billion during her nearly 14 years there. Her field guide to management, The Making of a Manager, became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller and was selected as one of Amazon's Best Business and Leadership Books of 2019.

She writes about technology, design, and leadership on her popular blog and mailing list, The Looking Glass. She graduated with a computer science Bachelors and Master's from Stanford University and lives with her husband and three children in California's Bay Area.