Simian cast members on the UCI campus in early 1970s

THEN: UC Irvine’s distinctive architecture has long attracted Hollywood filmmakers. Most memorably, Anteaters rubbed (hairy) elbows with costumed cast members during the shooting of “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” (1972). The futuristic look of the Social Sciences Tower – a style called Brutalism – provided fitting backdrop for some of the scenes.

Art from recently released "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

NOW: Set design for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which opened July 11, goes for post-apocalyptic, complete with a crumbling Golden Gate Bridge. The simian community is definitely more ape-like. The initial weekend box office numbers hit $73 million.

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Commencement 2014

On June 14, 2014, the campus recognized nearly 8,000 graduates at a commencement ceremony held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The film “Bright Past, Brilliant Future” celebrates UC Irvine’s 50 years of growth and innovation.

For coverage of the ceremony and other videos, visit our news story “President Obama celebrates class of 2014.”


Students walking along campus path in 1965

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Our (blue &) golden anniversary is the perfect time to discover a number of exciting possibilities to connect with your alma mater. There are many opportunities to interact with other alumni and our alumni relations staff at the Newkirk Alumni Center.

The Book

Bright Past, Brilliant Future Book

Discover how UCI has transformed ‘from ranch to research institution’ in a mere half century, as well as our vision for future growth and global impact in this 176-page book commemorating our 50th anniversary.