UCLA legend Ann Meyers Drysdale will be the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremonies for the College of Letters and Science on June 14th. U.C.L.A. will hold two identical graduation ceremonies for the college that day, first at 2 pm and then again at 7 pm in
Old Pauley Pavilion Under Glass. U.C.L.A. is holding the dual ceremonies to allow twice the number of guests for each of the approximately 5,200 graduates.
U.C.L.A. announced the majority of its slate of graduation speakers in an official announcement yesterday:
UCLA's commencement ceremonies and speakers are (in order of occurrence):
Hilda Solis, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, will speak at the School of Law ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Dickson Court North.
The David Geffen School of Medicine Hippocratic Oath ceremony takes place Friday, May 31, at 5 p.m. in Perloff Quad. (Speaker to be announced.)
Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System, will speak at the School of Dentistry ceremony on Sunday, June 2, at 10 a.m. in Royce Hall. Feinberg oversees all aspects of the health system, including UCLA's hospitals, which treat 80,000 patients each year, and its more than 80 community-based clinics, which serve 1.5 million.
The Graduate Division doctoral hooding ceremony will take place Thursday, June 13, at 3 p.m. in Royce Hall. This is the 75th anniversary of the conferral of doctoral degrees at UCLA.
Fred Ali, president and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, will speak at the Luskin School of Public Affairs ceremony on Friday, June 14, at 9 a.m. in Royce Hall. The Weingart Foundation provides help to economically disadvantaged and homeless people in Los Angeles. Ali also worked with homeless and at-risk youth as the executive director of Covenant House in Los Angeles, which he helped expand to Oakland.
Ann Meyers Drysdale, basketball star and sports broadcaster, will speak at the UCLA College of Letters and Science dual commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion.
Peter Lowy, co-CEO of the Westfield Group, will speak at the Anderson School of Management ceremony on Friday, June 14, at 4 p.m. in Wilson Plaza. The Westfield Group one of the world's largest retail property groups, with investment interests in more than 100 shopping centers across five countries. Lowry is also chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council for Los Angeles County.
The School of Theater, Film and Television ceremony takes place Friday, June 14, at 4 p.m. in Dickson Court North. (Speaker to be announced.)
Dr. Roger Glass will speak at the Fielding School of Public Health ceremony on Friday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Royce Hall. Glass is associate director for international research at the National Institutes of Health and director of the Fogarty International Center.
Diana Bonta, president of the California Wellness Foundation and a registered nurse, will speak at the School of Nursing ceremony on Saturday, June 15, at 8:30 a.m. in Royce Hall. The California Wellness Foundation is one of the largest health grant-making organizations in the state. Bonta, a proud Bruin who earned her master's and doctorate in public health from UCLA, is the former vice president of public affairs for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region.
Charles F. Bolden Jr., chief of NASA and former astronaut, will speak at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science ceremony on Saturday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic, will speak at the School of the Arts and Architecture ceremony on Saturday, June 15 at 4 p.m. in Dickson Court North. (ed note: No, despite the food connection, it's not that Jon Gold)
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco will speak at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies ceremony on Saturday, June 15, at 4 p.m. in Wilson Plaza. Suárez-Orozco is dean of the school and a special adviser on education, peace and justice to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Previous commencement speakers have been greeted with responses ranging from cheers and jeers, and somep speakers were thrilled at the invite and some opted out altogether. What are your thoughts on this year's invitees?
Here is an early 8-Clap for all of our Bruin undergrads and grad students who are about to get a priceless degree from the best University on the world. Finish strong and enjoy your rewards, Bruins!