Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Graduating students must arrive at Royce Hall no later than 8:15 a.m.
Place: UCLA Royce Hall , 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles
Reception to follow on Dickson Plaza, directly outside the venue.
Speaker: Fred Ali , President and CEO, The Weingart Foundation
Fred Ali has more than 35 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, and his graduate degree in education from the University of Michigan.
Fred began his career in 1972 as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small western Alaska village. Over the next 19 years, he held a number of key positions in Alaska including Deputy Director of the State Employment and Training Agency; President of Kuskokwim Community College; and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 1991, Fred became the Executive Director of Covenant House in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, Covenant House California developed into a large, multi-service program working with homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Oakland.
Fred was elected President of the Weingart Foundation in June 1999 and named Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation in 2006. He serves on the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, University of Southern California (Chairman); Office of Strategic Partnerships Advisory Board, City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor (Chairman); and Senior Fellow, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Fred also served as the immediate past chair of Southern California Grantmakers. He speaks regularly on issues pertaining to the nonprofit sector including sustainability, organizational effectiveness, capacity building and the impact of the recent economic downturn.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Where do I get my cap and gown?
A. Commencement ceremony regalia (caps, gowns, hoods and tassels) are available through Graduation Etc. They will take orders through graduation day; however, it is best to have student orders placed by mid-May. Students can order their regalia through the Graduation, Etc. website  or by visiting Graduation, Etc. at Ackerman Union, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It is important that you order the correct regalia for your degree and department -- there are separate models for master's and Ph.D. candidates, and each department (Public Policy, Social Welfare, Urban Planning) is different as well.
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. The deadline for returning caps and gowns is 5:00 p.m. June 21st, or a $50 late fee will be assessed.
Q. Do my guests need a ticket for the ceremony?
A. All guests are required to have a ticket for entrance into Royce Hall. Departmental graduate advisors will distribute guest tickets to students.
Q. Where can I get graduation photos or video of the ceremony?
A. Individual photos will be available through GradImages, which will take each graduate’s picture as they cross the stage. To receive proofs of your photos, you must fill out the address information that will be on the back of your name card on the day of the event. Filling out a card and receiving proofs does not obligate you to purchase photographs.
Group class photos will be taken after the close of the ceremony. Upon leaving the hall during the Recessional, students will be directed to return to the main stage for their class photos, after which they may rejoin their families at the reception.
Photo coverage of the day of the event will be available on UCLA Luskin's Flickr account the week following the ceremony. (See photos from 2012 .)
A video of the entire ceremony will be available on YouTube within two weeks following the ceremony. (See video from 2012 .) Note: UCLA Luskin's ceremony will not be available through live video simulcast.
Q. Where can graduates and guests find parking on the day of the ceremony?
A. Parking will be in Parking Structures 2 and 3. Commencement parking is $11 per day. UCLA Parking Services will staff lots according to ceremony times and locations. Pre-paid Commencement Parking Permits are available for purchase ($11 per permit) in the Parking & Commuter Services Lobby (in the Strathmore building adjacent to Parking Structure 8) or through the UCLA Central Ticket Office (adjacent to James West Alumni Center and Pauley Pavilion).
Q. What if someone in my family needs wheelchair seating or sign-language interpretation?
A. If graduates have questions or need assistance for family members and guests, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities , A-255 Murphy Hall, at (310) 825-1501. They have limited wheelchairs available for loan (reservations required) and volunteer wheelchair pushers. Pico Rents is offered as an alternative source of wheelchairs for rent. Students who need special assistance may give that information to their graduate advisors and we will make needed accommodations. Signers will also be available to interpret the ceremony for those who are hearing impaired. They will be stationed on the “audience right” (as you face the stage). Audience members who would like an interpreter should be directed to sit toward the front on the right-hand side of the audience (as you face the stage).
Q. Where can I get more information about my questions?
A. There are many ways!