Chancellor Carnesale, Mayor Villaraigosa Top List of UCLA Commencement Speakers

Chancellor Albert Carnesale and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa top a list of distinguished speakers scheduled to deliver keynote remarks during UCLA commencement ceremonies May 12 through June 17.

UCLA will award approximately 11,000 bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees this academic year, and approximately 8,500 students are expected to participate in commencement ceremonies. An estimated 90,000 guests are expected to attend commencement‑related activities.

Villaraigosa is scheduled to keynote the UCLA College of Letters and Science ceremony, 5 p.m., Friday, June 16, in Pauley Pavilion. It is the largest commencement ceremony on campus; approximately 2,900 students are expected to have degrees conferred at the ceremony, and an additional 12,000 guests are expected to attend. It is a tradition to invite a distinguished alumnus to keynote the ceremony. Villaraigosa received his UCLA bachelor's degree in history in 1977.

Carnesale will deliver remarks at the Hippocratic Oath ceremony for graduates of the David Geffen School of Medicine, 5 p.m., Friday, June 2, in Dickson Court North. It is the final commencement season for Carnesale, who announced in September 2005 that he would step down on June 30 after nine years as UCLA's chief executive.

At other UCLA commencement ceremonies, listed in order of occurrence:

-Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will deliver remarks to graduates of the School of Law, 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, Dickson Court North. Brown, who earned a UCLA law degree in 1977, was previously an associate justice of the California Supreme Court.

-Dr. David C. Johnsen, dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, will keynote the UCLA School of Dentistry ceremony, 10 a.m., Sunday, June 4, Royce Hall.

-Yvonne B. Burke, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors since 1992, will address graduates of the School of Public Affairs, 9 a.m., Friday, June 16, Royce Hall. Burke earned a political science degree from UCLA in 1953. She has spent 34 years in public office, including terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and the state Assembly.

-The School of Theater, Film and Television commencement is set for 4 p.m., Friday, June 16, in Dickson Court North. During the ceremony, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated producer whose Hollywood career spans five decades, will receive the UCLA Medal, the university's highest honor. A philanthropist and higher education advocate, Goldwyn is a longtime supporter of the school. For 50 years, his foundation has sponsored an annual writing competition for University of California students, the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.

-John Bryson, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Edison International, and chairman of the board of Southern California Edison, will keynote the UCLA Anderson School of Management ceremony, 5 p.m., Friday, June 16, in Wilson Plaza.

-John Garamendi, California insurance commissioner, will speak to graduates of the School of Public Health, 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 16, Royce Hall. A former member of the state Assembly and the state Senate and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Clinton administration, he also served as insurance commissioner in the early 1990s.

-Linda Burnes Bolton, vice president and chief nursing officer of Cedars-Sinai Health System and Research Institute and president of the American Academy of Nursing, will keynote the School of Nursing ceremony, 9 a.m., Saturday, June 17, Royce Hall. Bolton, who earned a Ph.D. from the UCLA School of Public Health, has a faculty appointment at the nursing school.

-Vinton G. Cerf, vice president of Google Inc. and an Internet pioneer, will address graduates of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 17, in Pauley Pavilion. Cerf received his master's and Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA.

-Eli Broad, philanthropist, business and civic leader, will address graduates of the School of the Arts and Architecture at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 17, Dickson Court North. During the ceremony, Broad and his wife, Edythe, will receive the UCLA Medal, the university's highest honor. Their $23.2 million gift made possible construction of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, the new home for the school's visual arts programs, scheduled to open later this year.

-Marshall "Mark" Drummond, chancellor of the California Community College system, will keynote the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies commencement ceremony, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 17, Wilson Plaza.

About UCLA

California's largest university, UCLA enrolls approximately 38,000 students per year and offers degrees from the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools in dozens of varied disciplines. UCLA consistently ranks among the top five universities and colleges nationwide in total research-and-development spending, receiving more than $820 million a year in competitively awarded federal and state grants and contracts. For every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA, the university generates almost $9 in economic activity, resulting in an annual $6 billion economic impact on the Greater Los Angeles region. The university's health care network treats 450,000 patients per year. UCLA employs more than 27,000 faculty and staff, has more than 350,000 living alumni, and has been home to five Nobel Prize recipients.

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