School of Information May 2023 Commencement

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Monday, May 15, 2023
2:00 pm
Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley

The commencement ceremony honors the class of 2023 with keynote speaker Ken-ichi Ueda (MIMS ’08) and student speakers.

The May ceremony honors graduates from all five School of Information degree programs: Ph.D. in information science, Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS), Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS), 5th Year Master of Information and Data Science (5th Year MIDS), and Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS), from Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023.

Outstanding master’s capstone projects will be honored with the Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award, the 5th Year MIDS Capstone Award, the Lily L. Chang MICS Capstone Award, the James R. Chen Award for outstanding MIMS final projects, and the Sarukkai Social Impact Award.

Keynote Speaker

Ken-ichi Ueda, MIMS ’08
Co-founder and co-director, iNaturalist

Ken-ichi Ueda is co-founder and co-director of iNaturalist, an online social network and data recording platform for biodiversity-focused naturalists. He’s been working on and using iNaturalist since 2008, when it began as a master’s final project at the UC Berkeley School of Information.

Ueda has been fascinated by nature for as long as he can recall. He used to horrify his mother by waltzing into the house holding snakes and salamanders to show her. Eventually, he translated that love into a degree in biology and a master’s degree in information management and systems.

iNaturalist grew out of Ueda’s belief that he might not be alone in his desire to combine nature and the web. It began as a MIMS final project, created by 2008 graduates Nathan Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda, and is currently a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

Fifteen years later, iNaturalist is still growing, with a community of nearly 6 million registered users and more that 125 million nature observations of 411,753 different species on all seven continents.

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Getting to Zellerbach Auditorium

ken-ichi Ueda holding snake monochrome
Ken-ichi Ueda (Photo by Taji Allen for California Naturalist Conference)


If you have questions about this event, please contact the student affairs team at studentaffairs@ischool.berkeley.edu.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting, CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about mobility access in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Catherine Cronquist Browning with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7–10 days in advance of the event.

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January 23, 2023