UC Merced

May 14, 2010 9:01 AM

Merced fetes its graduates

Little did Ray Winter know that the namesake of his elementary school, Merced's John Muir Elementary School, would later become one of the subjects of his doctoral dissertation. This week, Winter, 34, finally breathed easy. He sat inside the first floor of UC Merced's library and exhaled deeply, as if he was blowing out the stress of the last five years of his life. On Monday, he defended the dissertation he wrote on John Steinbeck and John Muir. Today he'll graduate with his doctorate in American literature from UC Merced's World Cultures Department, a graduate program in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

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