Meet Our New Alumni

Next weekend we celebrate UCR’s 62nd commencement ceremony for our class of 2016 graduates! We are excited to welcome these new graduates into our alumni family that is more than 100,000 Highlander’s strong. Each year we are impressed by our new alumni and love to hear how their UCR education and experiences while on campus have prepared them for their next chapter.

Meet four of our new alumni as each share how UCR has impacted their lives and their plans for after graduation.


Joshua Bhatnager, B.S. Mathematics

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“UCR provided me with the opportunity to push my limits in terms of what I could achieve, and for that, I am eternally grateful.”

Joshua will graduate with a B.S. in Mathematics with honors. During his time at UCR, he simultaneously served as President of the Student Alumni Association and Hylander Financial Group, a student-managed investment fund that he helped launch during his sophomore year. This August, Joshua will be moving to San Diego to join the inaugural class for the M.S. in Business Analytics at the Rady School of Management. After graduate school, he hopes to start his own data consultancy firm after gaining some experience as a data scientist within the technology industry.


Nicole Perez, B.S. Psychology, B.A. Music Performance

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Nicole will be graduating with a dual degree in Psychology and Music Performance. While at UCR, she has tried to integrate her academic passions into her career development and campus involvement. As a Band Assistant for Student Life, she has been able to incorporate her love of music and performance into her job. As a Peer Advisor at the Career Center, she has been able to incorporate her love of counseling and help others achieve their goals. Along with this, she is a member of the UCR Concert Band and Orchestra, and participated on medical missions with the UCR Flying Samaritans. After graduation she plans to go to UCLA to receive a Master’s of Social Welfare and continue her French horn studies. She dreams of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a French horn tutor in hopes of bettering the lives of those navigating the health care system and future musicians.


Raymond Leung, B.S. Business Administration


Raymond Leung will graduate from the School of Business Administration with a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management, and a minor in Education. During his time at UCR, he served as the Vice President of marketing for Highlander Ventures and Vice President of the Student Alumni Association. He was an INROADS intern and had multiple summer internships. He had the opportunity to work at Tech Data Corporation during his junior year and United Technology Aerospace System (UTAS) his senior year. After graduation he will be returning back to UTAS for a full-time position as a Procurement Associate. His time at UCR allowed him to gain the soft skills necessary to be fit for a position at UTAS and his involvement in a variety of extracurricular activities help built his leadership skills to make him stand out.


Michelle Peralta, B.S. Mechanical Engineering


Michelle will be graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Design and Manufacturing.  During her time at UCR, she participated in undergraduate research with Professor Venkatram to analyze air dispersion in urban environments. She is also involved in multiple student organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. She represents the Bourns College of Engineering as a STEM Peer Mentor and as Vice President of the BCOE Leadership Council. After graduation, she will be working as a mechanical engineer at RBC Bearings. She is looking forward to the opportunity to develop both her engineering and leadership skills and working towards her goal of becoming a project manager.


Welcome to the alumni family class of 2016!


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