Best-selling author James Patterson to give commencement address at UOP

Best-selling author, literacy advocate and philanthropist James Patterson will be the commencement speaker at the University of the Pacific commencement ceremony May 13. (Photo by David Burnett)

The University of Pacific is getting set to graduate 1,900 students throughout May and June.

At the graduation ceremony on May 13, best-selling author James Patterson will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree. Patterson and his wife Susan fund scholarships for students planning on pursuing a career in teaching through their Patterson Family Foundation.

UOP was the first West Coast school to have students receive the scholarship.

“I definitely feel honored and have a sense of pride knowing I’m among the first here at Pacific to receive the Patterson Scholarship,” Denise Amaya, of Manteca, said in a statement. Amaya is one of five Patterson Scholarship recipients. “To me, it was more than just financial. It was motivation for when the times were tough. Someone out there wanted to help me achieve my dreams and what a privilege that has been.”

Other Patterson Scholarship recipients are Ellen Dettman, Taylor Dorsey, Jennifer Montemayor and Amanda Utterbeck.

Other scholarship winners will be graduating from this year’s class. Students who have received the Fulbright, Boren and Critical Language scholarships will being among the graduates.

This Saturday’s commencement ceremony will be held at the Alex G. Spanos Center on UOP’s Stockton campus.


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