2023 GRADUATE CEREMONY
Friday, June 16, 9 a.m.
The ceremony will be held at UCLA Royce Hall.
10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90095
2023 UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONY
Friday, June 16, 3 p.m.
The ceremony will be held at Kerckhoff Hall patio at UCLA.
308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs Named UCLA Luskin Commencement Speaker
Michael D. Tubbs, who made history in 2016 when he was elected the first Black mayor of Stockton, California, at age 26, then used the platform to plant the seeds of a nationwide campaign to end poverty, has been named 2023 Commencement speaker for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Tubbs is a champion of social and economic reforms that have earned him a reputation as a rising star in progressive politics. On Friday, June 16, he will deliver two Commencement addresses… Read more.
Commencement ceremony regalia (caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels) are now available for order. Graduation Etc. will take orders through graduation day, however, it is best to have student orders placed by mid-May to ensure they have the inventory to accommodate you. Students can order their regalia by going to Graduation, Etc. at Ackerman Union, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by visiting the Graduation, Etc. website.
MPP, MSW and MURP candidates can see samples of Advanced Degree Academic Regalia at Graduation, Etc. There are two models – one wearing a Master’s hood and the other a Ph.D. hood. Graduation, Etc. will have stations for returning caps and gowns at the Commencement location. Please note: The hoods for each department are different. Be sure to request regalia for your Urban Planning, Public Policy or Social Welfare master’s degree. Urban Planning and Social Welfare Ph.D. candidates order Ph.D. regalia. If you keep your regalia a little longer (for family photo sessions, etc.) you must return them to Graduation, Etc. in Ackerman Union. Deadline for returning caps and gowns is June 17th at 5:00 p.m. or a $50 late fee will be assessed. See the dressing instructions for the academic hood.
Public Affairs B.A. candidates must wear a black cap/mortar board, black gown, and royal blue tassel. Students are eligible to wear honor cords (or, fourragere) if they are graduating with Latin Honors or College Honors, and/or if they are recipients of the Chancellor’s Service Award. Purchase and distribution of honor cords begins June 1, 2022.
In addition to wearing honor cords, students are permitted to wear sashes, cords, and/or other regalia that programs and student organizations give to graduating students. You can also wear sashes, cords, and leis that are given to you by family and loved ones.
All guests are required to have a ticket for entrance. All tickets will be sent digitally directly to the graduates. Graduates are responsible for distributing them to their guests. Tickets will be sent 1-2 weeks in advance of the ceremony from the Central Ticket Office, not the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Your department will let you know how many tickets you will be receiving.
Please be advised that all bags may be subject to search. Use of clear bags may expedite entrance to the venue. We recommend guests arrive at least 30-60 minutes in advance of the ceremony to allow ample time for health and bag checks. Large balloon displays, noisemakers, and confetti poppers will be confiscated.
Guest Parking & Maps
Commencement parking for guests without a parking permit is $14 per day. Pre-paid Commencement Parking Permits are available for purchase ($14 per permit) through Bruin ePermit starting in May. Please see Bruin ePermit document for more information on ordering permits.
Parking Structure 2: 602 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Parking Structure 3: 215 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Hotel Accomodations for Commencement Guests
UCLA has made arrangements with two nearby hotels to hold a limited number of guests rooms, available on a first come, first serve basis. All room charges must be paid directly by the guest to the hotels. UCLA is not liable for any charges or fees related to the accommodations and makes no guarantees on availability. Additional details and booking links can be found here.
Wheelchair Seating & Sign Language Interpreters
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 or visit www.osd.ucla.edu/ 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 sit toward the front on the right-hand side of the audience (as you face the stage).
UCLA COVID protocols are in alignment with guidance from the California and Los Angeles County public health departments and in some cases surpass state and county requirements.
- Face masks are strongly recommended indoors, optional outdoors.
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, negative COVID-19 test, or UCLA Symptom Monitoring Survey (SMS) clearance certificate will not be required.
Upgraded masks are available to students, faculty and staff — free of charge — at the UCLA Emergency PPE Supply Store, the John Wooden Center, all residence hall front desks, the Student Activities Center and in Ackerman Union at the A-level information window (next to the post office).
MPP, MSW and MURP candidates will assemble in the Royce Hall West Lobby by 8:15 a.m. Candidates for graduate degrees wear their tassels on the left side of their caps before, during and after the ceremony.
Public Affairs B.A. candidates will assemble in the Kerckhoff South patio at 2 p.m. Candidates for bachelor degrees wear their tassels on the right side of their caps before the ceremony and must move your tassels to the left once conferred.
Please note that you should not bring anything with you that needs to be carried, like purses, jackets, etc. because there is nowhere to secure personal belongings at the venue. All items that you cannot personally carry should either be left in the car or with one of your family members. Alphabetical or other order is not required. You will be given a card with your name on one side and a photo form (to fill out) on the other. Please complete the address information before the Processional begins.
Prior to the processional, you will have the opportunity to take a class photo with your fellow graduates. We have limited time before the processional so this will be your only organized opportunity to take photos as a class. Class photos will be available for download at www.luskin.ucla.edu.
MPP, MSW and MURP candidates: The order of the march will be the dean and keynote speaker, faculty, Ph.D. candidates, then Master’s candidates. You will be directed to line up inside the Royce Hall West Lobby and proceed through the audience onto the stage.
Public Affairs B.A. candidates: The order of the march will be the dean and keynote speaker, faculty, followed by you- the graduates. You will be directed to line up along the Kerckhoff South Patio and proceed through the audience onto the stage.
Students will sit on the front rows of the main seating area. Please fill in the seats beginning with the first row. School and Commencement staff will be on hand to assist you. If you will not be able to march in the processional, notify your advisor so that other arrangements can be made for seating you.
Presentation of Candidates
Master’s and Bachelor’s candidates will come to the lectern and hand their name card to a person designated to read each name. Do not stand and wait while your name is read. Immediately proceed across the stage to your department chair. While you are shaking hands with your chair face the photographer so your photo can be taken. In order to keep the line moving each row will stand and move forward as the preceding row finishes. Again, School and Commencement staff will be on hand to assist. When returning to your seats, remember to follow the same path as when you were first seated. Please note: you will not receive your actual diplomas at the ceremony.
Diplomas are available for mailing or pick-up approximately three months after your degree candidacy term. Beginning week 4 of your degree candidacy term, you can complete the Diploma Request via MyUCLA to select the option of picking up or mailing your diploma. Fees may apply for some delivery options.
The recessional will follow the same order of march (Dean, faculty, and students). Students will be directed to march through the audience and then they may join their family.
A reception will be held for graduate students following the Ceremony on Dickson Plaza directly in front of Royce Hall.
A reception will be held for undergraduate students following the Ceremony within Kerckhoff Patio.
GradImages professional photography will take each graduate’s picture as they shake hands with their department chair. If graduates want to receive proofs of their photographs, they must fill out the address information that will be on the back of their name card. Additional cards will be available at the ceremony. Filling out a card and receiving proofs does not obligate to purchase photographs.
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 submit it no later than the last day in your degree-expected term.
The Registrar’s office will mail out diploma information approximately six weeks after the end of your degree term (Winter graduates will receive their information in June; spring graduates will receive their information in August).
If you would like your diploma mailed to you, click here to 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.
Public Affairs B.A. Candidates: For more information about diplomas and graduation procedures, please visit the Public Affairs Graduation & Commencement website
Previous Commencement Speakers
June 10th, 2022 — Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives (Undergraduate Ceremony)
June 10th, 2022 — George Takei, Actor, Social Justice Activist, and Author (Graduate Ceremony)
June 11th, 2021 — Patrisse Cullors, educator, artist, activist and author
June 12th, 2020 – John A. Pérez, UC Regent and Speaker of the California Assembly
June 14th, 2019 – Janet Murguia, Civil Rights Activist, President and CEO of UnidosUS
June 15th, 2018 – William R. “Rusty” Bailey, Mayor of Riverside, California
June 16th, 2017 – Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
June 10th, 2016 – Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
June 12th, 2015 – Rachel Whetstone, Senior Vice President, Communications and Policy, Google
June 15th, 2014 – Hon. Karen Bass, U.S. Representative, 37th District of California
June 14th, 2013 – Fred Ali, President and CEO, Weingart Foundation
June 15th, 2012 – Hon. Wendy Greuel, Los Angeles City Controller
June 10th, 2011 – Hon. Jane Harman, former U.S. House of Representative, 36th District of California
June 11th, 2010 – Hon. Kevin Johnson, Mayor, city of Sacramento
June 22nd, 2009 – Arianna Huffington, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief, the Huffington Post
June 24th, 2008 – Robert K. Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment
June 24th, 2007 – Hon. Norman Y. Mineta – former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, UCLA Medal recipient
June 25th, 2006 – Hon. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
June 8th, 2005 – Hon. Tom Campbell, Director, California Department of Finance, former U.S. Representative, 15th District of California
June 27th, 2004 – Hon. George J. Mitchell – Former United States Senator, UCLA medal recipient
June 25th, 2003 – Hon. Sheila Kuehl, California State Senator
June 20th, 2002 – Hon. Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Speaker of the California State Assembly
June 29th, 2001 – Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Activist
June 22nd, 2000 – Hon. Michael Woo, Former Los Angeles City Councilmember
June 24th, 1999 – Mark Gearan, Director, Peace Corps
June 17th, 1998 – Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa, Speaker of the California State Assembly
June 11, 1997 – Hon. Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts
June 19, 1996 – Constance Rice, Western Regional Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
June 17th, 1995 – Denise Fairchild, Founder and President, Neighborhood Strategies Group