UCLA Luskin Commencement Celebration

The achievements of the UCLA Luskin Class of 2021 will be celebrated at two events organized by the Luskin School:

UCLA Luskin School Cohort Recognition and Stage Crossing — Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 6 p.m., Los Angeles Tennis Center on UCLA campus

UCLA Luskin Virtual Commencement Celebration — Friday, June 11, 2021, at 9 a.m. for graduate students and 2 p.m. for undergraduate students

Register today to view a livestream of the Stage Crossing and watch the Commencement Celebration!

The university also invites this year’s UCLA graduates to participate in a separate, campus-wide Individual Name Recognition and Stage Crossing opportunity between June 10-15. More information about these plans can be found here.

Keynote Speaker

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter movement

Patrisse Cullors is an educator, artist and best-selling author who has been on the front lines of community organizing for 20 years. In 2013, the UCLA alumna created the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on Twitter, which grew into an international movement for racial justice and reform. Last year, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in 2020.

As a teenager, Cullors became interested in activism and joined the Bus Riders Union, an advocacy group that fought for increased funding for bus systems in Los Angeles. She later started Dignity and Power Now, a coalition formed to shed light on brutality by sheriff’s deputies in county jails.

She has also led the JusticeLA and Reform L.A. Jails coalitions, helping them to win progressive ballot measures, fight against a $3.5 billion jail expansion plan in Los Angeles County, and implement the first Civilian Oversight Commission of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Her activism has been informed by her studies of revolutionaries, critical theory and social movements around the world. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from UCLA in 2012 and received her master’s in fine arts from USC.

In 2013, Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in response to an acquittal in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Today, the organization supports Black-led movements in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada and has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2018, Cullors and co-author Asha Bandele published “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir,” which became a New York Times best-seller.

In 2020, Cullors co-produced the 12-part YouTube series “Resist,” which chronicles the fight against Los Angeles County’s jail expansion plan. She also signed a multi-year production deal with Warner Bros. and has said she intends to use the contract to continue to uplift Black stories, talent and creators.

Cullors serves as the faculty director of Arizona’s Prescott College, where she designed the curriculum for a new master’s of fine arts program focusing on the intersection of art, social justice and community organizing.

Videos From Previous Years

Caps and Gowns

Ordering Regalia 

Commencement ceremony regalia (caps, gowns, hoods and tassels) are now available. The UCLA Store offers undergraduate and ancillary items for sale now. Rental regalia is not available.  Students can have orders shipped or request in-store pickup, or purchase items at our Graduation Etc. store in Ackerman.

The UCLA Store can arrange to ship directly (flat rate of $8.95 for orders without diploma frames; $15 for orders with frames).

Graduation Etc. will take orders through graduation day, but it is best to have student orders placed ASAP.

You can also opt to purchase your cap and gown online from retailers like Amazon.  If you choose to go this route, please be sure that you choose a black cap and gown.


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’ll 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 11, 2021. This will be a public link, although the Luskin School won’t be sharing it outside our community.


We are hosting an online message board that will allow your friends, family and Luskin alumni to post congratulatory messages to you. Note that the board is moderated, and inappropriate content will not be permitted. We highly encourage you to share this link so your loved ones can give you virtual high fives and send positive vibes your way. This board will be live for a year – until June 11, 2022. https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/UCLALuskin2021



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.


For information about diplomas and graduation procedures, please visit the Public Affairs Graduation & Commencement website


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

June 12th, 2020 – John A. Pérez, UC Regent and former Speaker of the California Assembly