Special tribute to Coach Wooden planned for commencement ceremony
By Claudia Luther June 07, 2010 Category: Campus News
A colorful Bruins tribute to famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who died Friday at the age of 99, will be made at this Friday's UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony, when student-athletes and scholars representing the entire class bear 99 blue-and-gold flags into the ceremony.
"He was truly a legend in his own time, and he will be a legend for generations to come," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who also will speak about Wooden's legacy at the 5 p.m. ceremony at Drake Stadium on campus.
Approximately 4,500 students are expected to participate in the ceremony, which will be attended by about 9,000 family, friends and guests.
Wooden, who in his 27 years of coaching at UCLA led his teams to a stunning 10 National Collegiate Athletic Association titles, was well known for mentoring his players off the court and for his motivational "Pyramid of Success." He died Friday at 6:45 p.m. at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.