UCLA Luskin Virtual Commencement Celebration

Friday, June 12, 2020, at 9 a.m.

The achievements of the UCLA Luskin Class of 2020 are being celebrated online. In light of health concerns regarding COVID-19, this year’s Commencement ceremony takes place on a virtual platform. There is no need to download any application or platform to view or participate in this ceremony. Use the links below to register and access the virtual celebration.

Public Policyhttps://webinars.on24.com/uclaluskin/MPPgrad

Social Welfarehttps://webinars.on24.com/uclaluskin/SWgrad

Urban Planninghttps://webinars.on24.com/uclaluskin/UPgrad

Keynote Speaker

John A. Pérez, chair of the UC Board of Regents and speaker emeritus of the California Assembly

Pérez is a leader in California politics, labor and higher education.

As chair of the University of California Board of Regents, his priorities include providing an elite education without elitist barriers that keep qualified students out, making sure the UC student body better reflects the people of California and keeping the cost of education affordable, equitable and predictable. Pérez was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2014 and will complete his term as chair in July.

Pérez’s commitment to public education goes back to his days as a student and activist at UC Berkeley and continued during  his service in the California Legislature. Elected to the state Assembly in 2008, representing downtown Los Angeles and surrounding communities, he rose to the speaker’s post in 2010, becoming the state legislature’s first openly LGBTQ leader.

In the Assembly, Pérez made affordability and accessibility of higher education a statewide priority. Among his legislative achievements was passage of the Middle Class Scholarship Act, which has provided tuition relief for nearly 100,000 UC and California State University students.

A native Angeleno, Pérez is a longtime member of the Democratic National Committee and has served as political director of the California Labor Federation. He is also an advocate for the LGBTQ community and in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Videos From Previous Years

Caps and Gowns

Ordering Regalia 

Commencement ceremony regalia (caps, gowns, hoods and tassels) are now available. Students who had already paid but now want refunds may reach out to the UCLA Store and should be able to get a full refund.

For students planning to stick with their order (full or partial – nonrental regalia), UCLA Store can arrange to ship directly (flat rate of $8.95 for orders without diploma frames; $15 for orders with frames).

Students who still want rental regalia for virtual participation will be provided a return call tag and shipping bag for return of the gown and hood to UCLA Store (while keeping the cap and tassel as usual) no later than June 19. Lost gowns/hoods are subject to the full amount charged to the card on file ($485). Shipping for rental orders is $20 (includes return shipping). Graduation Etc. will take orders through graduation day, but it is best to have student orders placed by mid-May.


Recognition of Candidates

Each graduate will be recognized with a personalized slide and video during the virtual ceremony. You will receive an email from UCLA Luskin or the vendor StageClip requesting that you upload the following information:

  • Name
  • Degree
  • Photo
  • Your text

You will also be given the opportunity to create a video to thank family and friends for support. (The maximum length is 12 seconds, so be sure to practice before recording it.)

A Snapchat lens will be available to you if you want to “wear” regalia.

The clips will be available for download, so you will be able to share your individual post on social media. We will also provide a link to access all the graduates’ slides. It will be live for one month, until July 12, 2020. This will be a public link, although the Luskin School won’t be sharing it outside our community.


Friends, family and Luskin alumni are invited to post congratulatory messages to graduates on the School’s Kudoboard page. Note that the board is moderated, and inappropriate content will not be permitted. We highly encourage graduates to share this link with their loved ones.




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.

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.


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 – Dolores 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 Angeles 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

June 16th, 2017 – Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

June 15th, 2018 – William R. “Rusty” Bailey, Mayor of Riverside, California

June 14th, 2019 – Janet Murguia, Civil Rights Activist, President and CEO of UnidosUS