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UC’s transfer students triumph in the Class of 2024

Erika Escalante

UC Merced’s Erika Escalante is among an estimated 61K students to earn a University of California bachelor’s degree this spring.

Out of some 61,000 graduates in the University of California’s Class of 2024, close to a third started their higher ed journey at a California community college.

Parents, veterans, seasoned learners, those seeking a fresh start: UC transfer students come from every background imaginable. Among transfer students, 45% are among the first in their families to earn a college degree, 29% are low-income and 35% learned English as a second language. They arrive at UC with intellectual curiosity, grit and a passion for learning, bringing diverse perspectives and life experiences that enrich our campuses in immeasurable ways.

The UC Newsroom has compiled stories from UC’s newest first-gen grads who made their way from community college to commencement.

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