Commencement Events Bring Class of ’21 Together

UCLA Luskin honored its Class of 2021 with two days of celebrations, including an on-campus ceremony that brought classmates together after more than a year of remaining apart. The June 10 stage-crossing event felt like a class reunion for many students who completed their coursework remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although some health protocols remained in place, students from the School’s public policy, social welfare, urban planning and undergraduate programs were able to gather at UCLA’s Los Angeles Tennis Center to hear their names read aloud and take photographs with Dean Gary Segura, department chairs and fellow graduates. “Today, we have so much to celebrate,” Segura told the assembled graduates. “You have accomplished, against all odds, completing your UCLA degree during a global pandemic, and we could not be prouder of you.” Formal commencement ceremonies and speeches were posted online June 11 as the Luskin School bestowed master’s and doctoral degrees — and, for the first time, the new Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs.

View a livestream of the on-campus event on Vimeo and additional images on Flickr.


UCLA Luskin Commencement 2021



UCLA Luskin Commencement Celebration 2021

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will deliver the keynote address at UCLA Luskin’s Virtual Commencement Celebration on Friday, June 11, 2021. Cullors, an educator, artist and best-selling author, 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. More on Cullors.

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Class of 2021 will be celebrated at two events:

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

UCLA Luskin School Cohort Recognition Stage Crossing — Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 6 p.m., Los Angeles Tennis Center on UCLA campus. REGISTER to view the livestream. For graduates participating in the stage crossing, registration information will be sent via email from the University.


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.