Highlights and Memorable Moments

Entire Commencement Ceremony

Keynote Address

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017

Webcast: Replay of the live streaming feed from the 2017 Commencement ceremony.

Place: UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles
Reception to follow on Dickson Plaza, directly outside the venue.

Speaker: Eric Garcetti, 42nd mayor of Los Angeles

His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.

Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as president of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as mayor, he served as the councilmember representing the 13th District, which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake and Atwater Village — all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti’s leadership.

Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics, and he has taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth-generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Seating and Processional

Audience Seating Instructions

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please advise your guests that they may not reserve seats.
Guests must be seated by 9 a.m.

Ushers will available at Royce Hall to assist guests in need of wheelchair-accessible seating.

Please keep in mind that security measures will be taken to ensure that no alcoholic beverages are brought into Royce Hall.

Processional

Graduates will not be permitted to escort their guests to the guest seating area and will remain at the School for the processional lineup.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM

You will enter Royce at the head of the student processional party. Your lineup will occur inside the Royce corridor along with the MPPs, MSWs and MURPs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Caps and Gowns

Ordering Caps & Gowns:  MPP, MSW, and MURP Students

Please order your caps and gowns no later than May 12, 2017.

Each student should order their cap, gown, and announcements in person at Graduation, Etc. on Level A at Ackerman, M-F, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or through their website VISIT GRADUATION, ETC.

The rental fee for the cap, gown, and hood is $41.42 (tax included), and can be picked after May 22 at the Student Cap & Gown distribution center on the A level of Ackerman Union 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, noon-5 p.m. on Saturday; closed Sundays.

If you plan on purchasing your own cap and gown, prices begin at $350 and orders must be placed by Friday, April 7.

Cap & Gown Pickup

If you have already ordered your cap and gown, your items can be picked up beginning May 11 at the Student Cap & Gown distribution center on the A level of Ackerman Union 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or noon-5 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays. Please be sure to take your student ID with you for verification.

For other questions, you may contact the UCLA Store at (310) 825-2587 or 206-2884.

Ordering Caps & Gowns:  Doctoral Students

Doctoral students have the option to rent or purchase their gowns. You may order your cap, gown, announcements, or diploma frame in person at Graduation, Etc. on Level A at Ackerman, Mon-Fri, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or through their website, VISIT GRADUATION, ETC.

The rental fee for the cap, gown, and hood is $41.42 (tax included), and can be picked after May 22 at the Student Cap & Gown distribution center on the A level of Ackerman Union 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday; closed Sundays.

**If you plan on purchasing your own cap and gown, prices begin at $350 and orders must be placed by Friday, April 7th**.

Announcements & Diploma Holders

ANNOUNCEMENTS
You may purchase announcements to mail to your friends and family members from Graduation Etc. A packet of 25 announcements begin at $43.60, and can be picked up two weeks after you place your order.

DIPLOMA FRAMES
If you would like to have your diploma displayed, Graduation Etc. has a variety of frames to choose from. Visit their store on the A level of Ackerman. Frame prices start at $98.00.

Returning Gowns & Hoods

Regalia must be returned to Graduation, Etc. after the ceremony. There will be stations for returning caps and gowns at Royce Hall, and if you choose to keep your regalia a little longer (for family photo sessions, etc.) you must return them to Graduation, Etc., in Ackerman Union. Failure to return gowns by  5 p.m. on June 23 will cause a hold to be placed on your records and diploma in additional to a $50 late fee.

Recognition

Name Cards

All graduates MUST fill out a name card. The name cards will be provided to you by your department. Please fill out this card in advance and take it with you when your row is called to the stage.

The card will be used to announce your name as you cross the stage, and as a way to send your Grad Images photo proofs to you a few weeks after the ceremony. Complete all information on both sides of the card. The professor on your side of the stage will collect it from you, before you cross to get your diploma.

Recognition of Candidates

DOCTORAL CANDIDATES
Each doctoral candidate will be acknowledged on the stage. Your dissertation chair will call you to the front of the stage, while reading the title of your dissertation. Afterwards, you will return to your seat.

MPP, MSW AND MURP CANDIDATES
Ushers will indicate to all graduates when to stand and when to walk towards audience-left. Your photograph will be taken near the base of the steps leading to the stage. After your photo has been taken, ascend the stage and hand your card to the name reader on your side of the stage. Your name will be announced as you walk towards center stage. Please do not stop to shake the name reader’s hand.

As you walk towards center stage you will accept a certificate commemorating the day from your department chair. They will be stationed at center stage. Shake hands and pause briefly for another photograph then descend the staircase stage-left and return to your seat. To avoid a back-up of graduates on stage, continue walking as you are being photographed.

Diplomas

MPP, MSW AND MURP CANDIDATES

Diplomas are produced by the UCLA Office of the Registrar. The name that is reflected in your official university record (not your preferred name) will appear on your diploma. If you would like a different name to appear on your diploma, please complete the Name Change or Correction form and return it to 1113 Murphy Hall no later than the last day in your degree-expected term in order to be reflected on your diploma.

The Registrar’s office will mail out diploma information approximately six weeks at the end of your degree term (Winter graduates will receive their information in June; Spring graduates will receive their information in August).

Diplomas can be picked up in person at the Registrar’s office approximately three months after you graduate (Winter graduates can pick up their diploma in June; Spring graduates can pick up their diploma in September/October)

If you would like your diploma mailed to you, go to http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/forms/diplomamailreq.pdf download and print out the form. Fill in the required information and send it to the address on the form along with your choice of payment options.

For additional information call (310) 825-2754 or (310) 825-8883. To change your address log into MyUCLA, go to Settings > My Contact Information and make address updates.

Parking and Map

Pre-paid commencement parking permits will be available at Transportation & Parking Services lobby beginning May 8, 2017, between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on commencement day for $12.

The UCLA Central Ticket Office is also selling pre-paid permits after May 17, 2017, and is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

By purchasing your permits in advance, you and your guests can avoid the expected long payment lines at parking kiosks the day of commencement. We recommend parking in Lots 2 and 3, the closest lots to the ceremony. Parking permits may be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Structure 2 & 3 permit holders may park in their designated lots free of charge as part of your June parking fee. Additional guest parking for Commencement will be available in most structures campus wide. UCLA Transportation & Parking Services staff will be available at all the key entrances of those structures to sell parking to guests attending UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Commencement ceremony. Staff and directional signage at the pedestrian walkways will direct guests.

Parking Permits
UCLA Transportation & Parking Services (main office)
555 Westwood Plaza, Suite 100
310-794-7433

Special Parking Needs

DISABLED AND MOBILITY IMPAIRED ONLY

Accessible parking is available for disabled and elderly persons near most venues in many parking structures and lots. All vehicles must have a UCLA parking permit and, if parking in areas reserved for disabled or elderly persons either a DMV handicapped plate or placard or a UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities-issued identification card. Parking permits, which cost $12, are available through Transportation & Parking Services and the UCLA Central Ticket Office prior to Commencement Weekend and at Parking/Information Booths on the day of Commencement. The parking fee for vehicles displaying any state-issued handicap plate or placard is $6/day.

The Office for Students with Disabilities will begin distribution of Parking Identification cards in May. Please call (310) 825-1501, e-mail emcclosk@saonet.ucla.edu or stop by the office at A-255 Murphy Hall.

DROP-OFF SPOTS

Drop-off spots may be even more accessible and much closer to many of the venues. Vehicles cannot park at drop-off spots longer than required to load or unload passengers. The Royce Quad drop off spot is off Dickson Plaza on Portola Drive by the flagpole.

All Commencement venues are ADA-Compliant and wheelchair seating is available at all Commencement venues.

Driving Directions

FROM THE VALLEY

Proceed over the canyon via Beverly Glen or Coldwater Canyon. This connects from Ventura Blvd and can be used as an alternate route if coming from the Central Valley/Van Nuys/Studio City locations. Once on the other side of the hill crossing Mulholland Drive, continue driving Southbound on either canyon road (Beverly Glen or Coldwater) to Sunset Blvd. Make a Right onto Sunset driving Westbound towards the North side of UCLA’s campus. When reaching the stop signal at Hilgard and Sunset, make a left heading southbound on Hilgard to the Wyton/Hilgard entrance to the campus. The attendants at the Information Kiosk will then direct you to the primary parking for the event, LOT 3.

FROM BEVERLY HILLS

Proceed Westbound on Wilshire to Beverly Glen Drive. Make a right heading Northbound on Beverly Glen. At the stop signal for Comstock, you can make a sharp left onto Comstock AND Wyton at the same time. These two streets fork and separate; stay to the left proceeding up the Wyton hill veering away from Comstock. Wyton will continue through neighborhood streets along houses until it reaches a stop signal which connects to Hilgard (crosstreet). Proceed straight across Hilgard into the Wyton/Hilgard Information Kiosk. Attendants in the Information Kiosk will then direct you to the primary parking for the event, LOT 3.

FROM LAX/SOUTH BAY COMMUNITIES

Exiting northbound 405 at the Wilshire East off-ramp, continue Eastbound on Wilshire to the stop signal at Glendon Ave. Making a left heading Northbound on Glendon, immediately merge to the right lane to turn right onto Lindbrook Drive (This will be the first crosstreet). Proceeding Eastbound on Lindbrook Dr., veer left continuing Northbound at the connecting corner of Hilgard Avenue. Drive Northbound on Hilgard until you reach Wyton. Make a left, driving into the Wyton/Hilgard entrance to the campus. The attendants in the Information Kiosk will then direct you to the primary parking for the event, LOT 3.

FROM SANTA MONICA/BRENTWOOD COMMUNITIES

Avoiding Sunset during peak hours, proceed Eastbound on Wilshire underneath the 405. Crossing Sepulveda and entering Westwood.  Continue Eastbound on Wilshire to the stop signal at Glendon Ave. Making a left heading Northbound on Glendon, immediately merge to the right lane to turn right onto Lindbrook Drive (This will be the first crosstreet). Proceeding Eastbound on Lindbrook Dr., veer left continuing Northbound at the connecting corner of Hilgard Avenue. Drive Northbound on Hilgard until you reach Wyton. Make a left, driving into the Wyton/Hilgard entrance to the campus. The attendants in the Information Kiosk will then direct you to the primary parking for the event, LOT 3.

FROM WEST LA/WEST HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITIES

Proceed Northbound on San Vicente/or Westbound on Santa Monica Blvd which will connect to Wilshire. Continue Westbound on Wilshire through Beverly Hills to Beverly Glen Drive. Make a right heading Northbound on Beverly Glen. At the stop signal for Comstock, you can make a sharp left onto Comstock AND Wyton at the same time. These two streets fork and separate; stay to the left proceeding up the Wyton hill veering away from Comstock. Wyton will continue through neighborhood streets along houses until it reaches a stop signal which connects to Hilgard (crosstreet). Proceed straight across Hilgard into the Wyton/Hilgard Information Kiosk. Attendants in the Information Kiosk will then direct you to the primary parking for the event, LOT 3.

FROM CENTURY CITY/NORTH CULVER CITY COMMUNITIES

Proceed Westbound on Pico, Olympic, or National making a right heading Northbound on Westwood Blvd. After crossing Wilshire, make a right on Lindbrook Drive. Proceeding Eastbound on Lindbrook Dr., veer left continuing Northbound at the connecting corner of Hilgard Avenue. Drive Northbound on Hilgard until you reach Wyton. Make a left, driving into the Wyton/Hilgard entrance to the campus. The attendants in the Information Kiosk will then direct you to the primary parking for the event, LOT 3.

Hotels Near UCLA

HotelAddressTelephoneInfo
W Los Angeles – Westwood Hotel

930 Hilgard Avenue Westwood, 90024
(888) 627-7135

$$$$
0.8 miles
Hotel Palomar LA – Westwood
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Westwood, 90024
(310) 475-8711
$$$$
1.3 miles
Beverly Wilshire Hotel, A Four Seasons Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, 90212
(310) 275-5200
$$$$
3.7 miles

Hotel Angeleno
170 N. Church Lane
Bel Air, 90049

(310) 476-6411
$$$
2.0 miles
Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel & Spa
10300 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90024
(310) 275-5575
$$$
2.2 miles
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, 90210
(310) 274-7777
$$$
2.9 miles
Sixty Beverly Hills

9360 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, 90212
(310) 273-1400
$$$
3.9 miles
Sofitel Hotel
8555 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90048
(310) 278-5444
$$$
5.2 miles
Doubletree Guest Suites
Santa Monica, A Hilton Hotel
1707 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, 90401
(310) 395-3332
$$$
7.3 miles
Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd.
11461 Sunset Blvd.
Bel Air, 90049
(310) 476-6571
$$
2.0 miles
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars Century City, 90067
(310) 228-1234
$$
3.0 miles
Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City
2151 Ave. of the Stars
Century City, 90067
(310) 284-6500
$$
3.6 miles
Ambrose Hotel
1255 20th St.
Santa Monica, 90404
(310) 315-1555
$$
4.1 miles
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort
1150 S. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, 90035
(310) 553-6561
$$
4.6 miles
Royal Palace Westwood
1052 Tiverton Avenue
Westwood, 90024
(310) 208-6677
$
0.9 miles
Hilgard House
927 Hilgard Avenue
Westwood, 90024
(310) 208-3945
$
1.61 miles
Sky Hotel2352 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90064
(310) 475-4551$
2.4 miles

Previous Commencement Speakers

 

June 17th, 1995 – Denise Fairchild, Founder and President, Neighborhood Strategies Group

June 19, 1996 –  Constance Rice, Western Regional Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

June 11, 1997 – Hon. Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts

June 17th, 1998 – Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa, Speaker of the California State Assembly

June 24th, 1999 – Mark Gearan, Director, Peace Corps

June 22nd, 2000 – Hon. Michael Woo, Former Los Angeles City Councilmember

June 29th, 2001 – Delores Huerta, Civil Rights Activist

June 20th, 2002 – Hon. Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Speaker of the California State Assembly

June 25th, 2003 – Hon. Sheila Kuehl, California State Senator

June 27th, 2004 – Hon. George J. Mitchell – Former United States Senator, UCLA medal recipient

June 8th, 2005 – Hon. Tom Campbell, Director, California Department of Finance, former U.S. Representative, 15th District of California

June 25th, 2006 – Hon. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

June 24th, 2007 – Hon. Norman Y. Mineta – former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, UCLA medal recipient

June 24th, 2008 – Robert K. Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment

June 22nd, 2009 – Arianna Huffington, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief, the Huffington Post

June 11th, 2010 – Hon. Kevin Johnson, Mayor, city of Sacramento

June 10th, 2011 – Hon. Jane Harman, former U.S. House of Representative, 36th District of California

June 15th, 2012 – Hon. Wendy Greuel, Los Anegles City Controller

June 14th, 2013 – Fred Ali, President and CEO, Weingart Foundation

June 15th, 2014 – Hon. Karen Bass, U.S. Representative, 37th District of California

June 12th, 2015 – Rachel Whetstone, Senior Vice President, Communications and Policy, Google

June 10th, 2016 – Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors