Just a century after its founding in 1919, UCLA has become one of the top public universities in the world, and the nation’s most applied-to university. UCLA faculty and researchers are routinely recognized for their leadership and breakthroughs in a stunning array of fields, ranging from health and technology to social sciences and the arts.

As part of the kickoff for a full year of centennial festivities, UCLA will hold a public celebration May 22 — the eve of the 100th anniversary of the date UCLA was founded. The event is taking place at Grand Park in a nod to the university’s downtown roots.

The UCLA 100th Birthday Celebration at Grand Park with KCRW will feature food trucks, music, a special appearance by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the lighting of City Hall in blue and gold, UCLA’s signature colors. UCLA’s Royce Hall and other structures around Los Angeles — including the Wilshire Grand, L.A. Live, Grand Park fountains and the Los Angeles International Airport pylons — also will be lit in blue and gold. The program is sponsored by University Credit Union.


Wednesday, May 22
6:30 p.m. Music by KCRW DJ Jason Bentley, plus food trucks including Kogi and Wise Barbecue, games and more. Attendees can stop by to record their UCLA memories at a mobile studio aboard a specially outfitted Airstream.
7:30 p.m. Performance by UCLA Bruin Marching Band
7:40 p.m. Welcome by ESPN anchor and UCLA alumna Cari Champion and remarks by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block
7:50 p.m. Countdown to lighting of City Hall in blue and gold, led by Basketball Hall of Famer and UCLA alumnus Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
8 p.m. Celebration continues with music by KCRW
8:30 p.m. Event concludes


Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles (map)


Jessica Wolf, jwolf@stratcomm.ucla.edu, 310-825-1046

Katherine Alvarado, kalvarado@stratcomm.ucla.edu, 310-794-6847


Journalists and camera crews are welcome. Please call or email the media contacts (above) for help with placement for media trucks.