Mayim Bialik withdraws as commencement speaker for UCLA College

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Due to a UC-wide speaker boycott called by AFSCME Local 3299, UCLA alumna Mayim Bialik has withdrawn as commencement speaker for the UCLA College. The university is in the process of selecting a replacement for the June 15 graduation ceremonies. 

Bialik issued a statement on her Facebook page which reads in part:

“With a heavy Bruin heart, I have to decline speaking at the upcoming UCLA commencement ceremonies due to the lack of agreement between AFSCME Local 3299 and our beloved University . . . These issues are near and dear to my​ heart, especially since the LAUSD teacher's union helped support my family for my entire young life . . . I send deepest regrets to the UCLA community and I hope to be able to join you soon to celebrate your accomplishments.”

Details about UCLA’s commencement ceremonies are posted here: https://commencement.ucla.edu/.

 

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