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Commencement ceremonies at UCLA celebrate student achievement

Commencement speakers 2017

Commencement speakers will include, clockwise from top left: Eric Garcetti, Anita Ortega, Dr. No-Hee Park, Dr. Helene Gayle, Herb Alpert and Antonia Villarruel.

Graduating students and guests will attend nearly 60 ceremonies and celebrations this weekend June 16-18 all over the UCLA campus. 

The university expects to confer approximately 13,500 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees for the 2016–2017 school year, including 7,900 earned this spring.

In all, graduating students and guests will attend nearly 60 commencement ceremonies, receptions and celebrations, which continue through June 18, at venues across campus, including the Phi Beta Kappa initiation, a Lavender Graduation celebration for LGBT students and their families, and a ceremony for students who are parents.

Six of the largest commencement ceremonies take place June 16, when approximately 30,000 guests are expected to visit Westwood.

The largest commencement is for the UCLA College, and it takes place during two ceremonies at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16 at Pauley Pavilion. Anita Ortega, a former UCLA basketball star and the first African-American woman to become a Los Angeles Police Department area captain, will deliver the keynote address to graduating seniors, their families and friends.

In addition on June 16, Herb Alpert, the renowned musician, philanthropist and co-founder of A&M records, will receive the UCLA Medal during the commencement ceremony for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Read more commencement details here.

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