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Chancellor Carnesale, Mayor Villaraigosa Top List of UCLA Commencement Speakers


ChancellorAlbert Carnesale and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa top a list ofdistinguished speakers scheduled to deliver keynote remarks during UCLAcommencement ceremonies May 12 through June 17.

UCLA will awardapproximately 11,000 bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degreesthis academic year, and approximately 8,500 students are expected toparticipate in commencement ceremonies. An estimated 90,000 guests are expectedto attend commencement‑related activities.

Villaraigosa is scheduled to keynote the UCLA Collegeof Letters and Science ceremony, 5 p.m., Friday, June 16, in Pauley Pavilion.It is the largest commencement ceremony on campus; approximately 2,900 studentsare expected to have degrees conferred at the ceremony, and an additional12,000 guests are expected to attend. It is a tradition to invite adistinguished alumnus to keynote the ceremony. Villaraigosa received his UCLAbachelor's degree in history in 1977.

Carnesale will deliver remarks at the HippocraticOath 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 forCarnesale, who announced in September 2005 that he would step down on June 30after nine years as UCLA's chief executive.

At other UCLAcommencement ceremonies, listed in order of occurrence:

-Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals forthe District of Columbia will deliver remarksto graduates of the School of Law, 3:30 p.m.,Friday, May 12, Dickson Court North. Brown, who earned a UCLA law degree in1977, was previously an associate justice of the California Supreme Court.

-Dr. David C. Johnsen, dean of the University of Iowa Collegeof 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 Boardof 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 degreefrom UCLA in 1953. She has spent 34 years in public office, including terms inthe U.S. House of Representatives and the state Assembly.

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

-John Bryson, chairman of the board, president andchief executive officer of Edison International, and chairman of the board ofSouthern California Edison, willkeynote the UCLA Anderson School of Management ceremony, 5 p.m., Friday, June16, in Wilson Plaza.

-John Garamendi, Californiainsurance 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 Assemblyand the state Senate and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of theInterior in the Clintonadministration, he also served as insurance commissioner in the early 1990s.

-Linda Burnes Bolton, vice president and chief nursingofficer of Cedars-Sinai Health System and Research Institute and president ofthe American Academyof Nursing, will keynote the School of Nursing ceremony, 9 a.m.,Saturday, June 17, Royce Hall. Bolton, whoearned a Ph.D. from the UCLA School of Public Health, has a faculty appointmentat the nursing school.

-Vinton G. Cerf,vice president of Google Inc. and an Internet pioneer, will address graduatesof 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. incomputer science from UCLA.

-Eli Broad, philanthropist, business andcivic leader, will address graduates of the School of the Arts and Architectureat 4 p.m., Saturday, June 17, Dickson Court North. During the ceremony, Broad and hiswife, 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 laterthis year.

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

About UCLA

California's largest university, UCLA enrollsapproximately 38,000 students per year and offers degrees from the College of Letters and Science and 11 professionalschools in dozens of varied disciplines. UCLA consistently ranks among the topfive universities and colleges nationwide in total research-and-developmentspending, receiving more than $820 million a year in competitively awardedfederal and state grants and contracts. For every $1 state taxpayers invest inUCLA, the university generates almost $9 in economic activity, resulting in anannual $6 billion economic impact on the Greater Los Angeles region. Theuniversity's health care network treats 450,000 patients per year. UCLA employsmore than 27,000 faculty and staff, has more than 350,000 living alumni, andhas been home to five Nobel Prize recipients.



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