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Commencement 2022: Undergrad

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Commencement 2022: Graduate Students

Friday, June 10, 3 p.m.

The ceremony was held at Kerckhoff Hall patio at UCLA. View recording.

Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. Now in her third term as Speaker, Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency, the first person to do so in more than 60 years.  As Speaker, Pelosi is fighting For The People, working to lower health care costs, increase workers’ pay through strong economic growth and rebuilding America, and clean up corruption for make Washington work for all.

For 33 years, Speaker Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, in Congress.  She has led House Democrats for 16 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip.  In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.

Under the leadership of Pelosi, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. President Barack Obama called Speaker Pelosi “an extraordinary leader for the American people,” and the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “…make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half century ago.”

Working in partnership with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi led House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. With the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi continues to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas.

Speaker Pelosi was the architect of the landmark Affordable Care Act which has guaranteed protections for all Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, ended annual and lifetime limits on health coverage, and provided affordable health coverage for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term.

In the 111th Congress, Speaker Pelosi also led the Congress in passing strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers as well as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expands educational opportunities and reforms the financial aid system to save billions of taxpayers’ dollars. Additional key legislation passed into law included the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination; legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children; national service legislation; and hate crimes legislation. In late 2010, Pelosi led the Congress in passing child nutrition and food safety legislation as well as repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

As Speaker, Pelosi has made the climate crisis her flagship issue, enacting comprehensive energy legislation in 2007 that raised vehicle fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years and making an historic commitment to American home grown biofuels. In 2009, under her leadership, the House passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act – a comprehensive bill to create clean energy jobs, combat the climate crisis, and transition America to a clean energy economy. The legislation was blocked by Republicans in the United States Senate, but sent a strong signal to the world about the United States’ commitment to fighting the climate crisis.

A leader on the environment at home and abroad, Pelosi secured passage of the “Pelosi amendment” in 1989, now a global tool to assess the potential environmental impacts of development. In San Francisco, Pelosi was the architect of legislation to create the Presidio Trust and transform the former military post into an urban national park.

In continuing to push for accountability and transparency in government, under Speaker Pelosi, the House passed the toughest ethics reform legislation in the history of the Congress, including the creation of an independent ethics panel, and increased accountability and transparency in House operations, including earmark reforms. As Speaker, Pelosi led the fight to pass the DISCLOSE Act in the House, which fights a corporate takeover of U.S. elections and ensures additional disclosure; she continues to fight for this legislation today.

Additional key accomplishments signed into law under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi include: an increase in the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the largest college aid expansion since the GI bill; a new GI education bill for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and increased services for veterans, caregivers, and the Veterans Administration.

As House Democratic Leader, Pelosi wrested critical legislative victories out of the GOP majority. In the 114th Congress, she spearheaded a historic bipartisan agreement to strengthen Medicare, ending the cycle of expensive “Doc Fix” patches and transitioning away from a volume-based system toward one that rewards value, ensures the accuracy of payments and improves the quality of care. Following the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Leader Pelosi orchestrated the effort that secured the votes to uphold a possible Presidential veto of Republicans’ effort to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Pelosi’s strength at the negotiating table has consistently delivered significant funding increases for key Democratic priorities. In the FY 2016 omnibus, Pelosi won the permanent authorization of the World Trade Center Health Program and a massive five-year extension of expiring wind and solar renewable energy tax credits. In the FY 2018 omnibus, Pelosi won significant increases in vital domestic investments, including a $3.2 billion increase in opioid epidemic funding, a $3 billion increase for NIH medical research, and the largest single year funding increase for Child Care Development Block Grants in the initiative’s history.

In the face of the all out-Republican onslaught against Americans’ health care, Leader Pelosi held House Democrats united through dozens of votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act – mobilizing a massive nationwide campaign to block House Republicans’ monstrous “Trumpcare” legislation. Under her leadership, House Democrats also unanimously opposed the GOP tax scam for the rich.

Pelosi comes from a strong family tradition of public service. Her late father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, a native of San Francisco, have five grown children and nine grandchildren.

Friday, June 10, 9 a.m.

The ceremony and reception were held at Royce Hall at UCLA.

George Takei is known around the world for his role in the acclaimed original TV series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the starship Enterprise. But Takei’s story, which includes an acting career that spans six decades, goes where few have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, exploring the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture, and is the subject of the documentary To Be Takei. On his own YouTube channel, Takei and his husband Brad Takei bring viewers into their personal lives in the “heightened reality” web series It Takeis Two. He was a series regular in the second season of Ridley Scott’s anthology drama The Terror: Infamy, which premiered on AMC in August 2019.

His rich baritone has provided narration for the PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the Peabody Award-winning radio documentary Crossing East, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which garnered Takei a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. He has also done voiceover work for hundreds of video games, commercials, films and TV series such as Fox’s The Simpsons and Futurama; Disney’s Kim Possible, Mulan and Mulan 2; Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Takei’s acting credits include co-starring in five Star Trek movies and appearances on such TV series as Fresh O_ the Boat, Supah Ninjas, Hawaii Five-0, The New Normal, The Big Bang Theory, Heroes, Psych, Will & Grace, Miami Vice, MacGyver, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mission: Impossible and The Twilight Zone, among numerous others.

In 2015, Takei made his Broadway debut in the musical Allegiance, which was inspired by his true-life experiences during World War II. In 2017, he starred in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures in New York City.

Takei is the author of four books, including his autobiography To the Stars. His fifth book, the New York Times bestselling graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy, was released in July 2019.

Takei has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s Coming Out Project and was Cultural Affairs Chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League. He is also chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S.-Japanese relations.

Takei received both bachelor and master of arts degrees from UCLA (’60, ’64). In June 2019, Takei received the Distinguished Alumni Award in Theater from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT).

Mashable.com named Takei the #1 most-influential person on Facebook. He currently boasts more than 10 million Facebook likes and 3 Million Twitter followers – and he uses these platforms to share humor, news, and his take on current events.

Before Commencement

Ordering Regalia

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. web site.

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, fourragereif 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.

Guest Tickets

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.

Parking & Maps

Commencement parking 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

UCLA Parking Map (pdf) | Interactive Campus Map

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).

Health Concerns

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.

  • All attendees must wear masks indoors, including UCLA affiliates and external guests.
  • Graduates may momentarily remove their masks while walking across the stage and while being photographed on or adjacent to the stage.
  • Masks are recommended, but not required, for the outdoor Undergraduate ceremony.
  • 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).

During Commencement


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.

Class Photos

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.

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.

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 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

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