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UCLA College commencement returns to Pauley Pavilion with dual ceremonies

Both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. events to feature Ann Meyers Drysdale as keynote

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WHAT:
Approximately 4,800 students are expected to participate in the UCLA College of Letters and Science's two commencement ceremonies at Pauley Pavilion, which will be attended by an estimated 20,000 family members, friends and other guests. Commencement news site.
 
WHEN:
For the first time, UCLA will hold dual commencements to accommodate all UCLA College graduates and their guests. The two ceremonies will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14. 
 
WHERE:
UCLA's Pauley Pavilion (map) 
 
WHO:
Speakers will include:
 
Ann Meyers Drysdale (keynote address)
Famed basketball player Meyers Drysdale will speak at both the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ceremonies. She was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to UCLA and one of the first women inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Over the last 35 years, Meyers Drysdale has had a successful career as sports broadcaster, providing commentary for five Olympics, including the 2012 London Games, as well as men's and women's basketball, softball and volleyball. She is vice president of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the NBA's Phoenix Suns.
 
David Shamash (student speaker)
2 p.m. ceremony
 
Serena Lee (student speaker)
7 p.m. ceremony
 
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Ricardo Vazquez | 310-206-3986 (office) | 310-721-2749 (cell)
 
MEDIA CHECK-IN:
Media planning to cover the ceremonies should R.S.V.P. to media contact Ricardo Vazquez (above). On the day of the event, journalists should check in with a media relations representative at the John Wooden statue directly in front of Pauley Pavilion's north entrance to be escorted into the venue.
 
MEDIA PARKING:
Live trucks and broadcast media vehicles are required to park on the access road just east of the Los Angeles Tennis Center on campus. Enter the campus on Strathmore Drive, off Gayley Avenue; make a quick left on Charles E. Young Drive West and then a quick right to reach the access road. For complete directions, see our detailed parking map. Print media may arrange courtesy parking in Parking Structure 4 by requesting a permit when they R.S.V.P. to the media contact.
 
LIVE STREAM:
The ceremonies in Pauley Pavilion will be live-streamed on the web.
 
For more information about UCLA commencement, visit the commencement news page. Follow @UCLAGraduation on Twitter.
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