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
the new home for the school's visual arts programs, scheduled to open later
-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
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.