Beyond Brilliant

Shining together

UC Riverside is dedicated to excellence for its students and is creating a new model for what a great public research university can do in the world. We’ve shown this by becoming America’s fastest-rising university and the nation’s leader in social mobility. The more than 120,000 UC Riverside alumni, along with thousands of donors and supporters, have helped us to get there. Through education, research, healthcare, the arts, and public service, UC Riverside is elevating the well-being of those around us as well. The people of UC Riverside – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – truly are beyond brilliant.

Join us at the Riverside Festival of Lights from Nov. 29 - Dec. 31,
for a special interactive UC Riverside experience and
be inspired by the stories of our students. 


On December 3, UCR alumni, parents, donors, and friends are invited
to a special holiday event in downtown Riverside.

READ THEIR STORY
Incarceration to graduation

A felony conviction gave Ramón Leija the determination to turn his life around.

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Research that improves lives

A formerly gang-affiliated teenager, Katherine Maldonado is now using research to help other women who share her story

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American dream

Former DACA recipient turned immigration attorney Alfonso Maldonado risked deportation to help migrant families.

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Born to succeed

Elñora Webb entered foster care at age 3. A UCR education “saved my life” and set her on a path to become a college president.

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The secret ingredient is love

Twenty years of meeting students while working in dining halls inspired Cam Calkins to create a scholarship fund for them.

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‘I Am Somebody’s Child’

From foster care to published author and Lifetime movie inspiration, Regina Louise is breaking the mold.

Read more about Regina