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Nobel laureate, renowned actor and celebrated musician among UCLA graduation speakers

CEOs of Boeing and YouTube also will address Class of 2014

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Schekman, Hancock, Fonda and Stevens

Clockwise from top left: Randy Schekman, Herbie Hancock, Jane Fonda and John Paul Stevens

Nobel Prize winner Randy Schekman, celebrated actress Jane Fonda and award-winning musician Herbie Hancock are among the prominent figures who will speak at UCLA's 2014 commencement ceremonies, which are now underway and will continue through June 15.

During the ceremonies, the UCLA Medal, the campus’s highest honor, will be presented to Schekman, entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen, and Dr. Gary Parker, the chief medical officer of Mercy Ships. The medal is presented to those of exceptionally distinguished academic and professional achievement whose work embodies the campus's highest ideals.

Commencement season began May 16 with the School of Law commencement, at which former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens spoke. In all, graduating students and guests will attend more than 60 commencement ceremonies, receptions and celebrations, and UCLA will confer thousands of bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. 

UCLA's largest commencement is for the College of Letters and Science, which takes place during two ceremonies at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at Pauley Pavilion. Schekman, the UCLA alumnus who was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, will deliver the keynote address to approximately 5,200 graduating seniors, and their family and friends.

A faculty member at UC Berkeley for 37 years, Schekman won the Nobel Prize for his role in revealing the machinery that regulates the transport and secretion of proteins in human cells, which has helped advance scientists' understanding of neurological and immune disorders.

Stevens was an associate justice from 1975 to 2010, making him one of the longest-serving justices in the history of the Supreme Court. Two-time Academy Award winner, author and fitness icon Jane Fonda will speak at the School of Theater, Film and Television ceremony on Friday, June 13. Hancock, the award-winning pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer, will speak at the School of the Arts and Architecture ceremony on Saturday, June 14.

For information about the ceremonies, including updates and details for specific schools and programs, visit UCLA Commencement. UCLA's commencement ceremonies and speakers are:

Friday, May 30

Rebecca Onie, co-founder and CEO of Health Leads, will speak at the David Geffen School of Medicine Hippocratic Oath Ceremony at 5 p.m. in Dickson Court North (map). David Geffen will receive the UCLA Medal at the ceremony.

Sunday, June 1

Gary Parker, a UCLA alumnus and chief medical officer of Mercy Ships, will speak at the School of Dentistry ceremony at 10 a.m. in Royce Hall (map). Parker will receive the UCLA Medal during the ceremony.

Thursday, June 12

The Graduate Division's doctoral hooding ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in Royce Hall. Scott Waugh, UCLA's executive vice chancellor and provost, and Robin Garrell, dean of the Graduate Division, will address the graduates.

Friday, June 13

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass will speak at the Luskin School of Public Affairs ceremony at 9 a.m. in Royce Hall.

Jane Fonda will speak at the School of Theater, Film and Television ceremony at 2 p.m. in Royce Hall.

Susan Wojcicki, a UCLA alumna and the CEO of YouTube, will speak at the Anderson School of Management ceremony at 4 p.m. in Wilson Plaza (map).

Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak at the Fielding School of Public Health ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in Royce Hall.

Saturday, June 14

David Vlahov, dean of the UC San Francisco School of Nursing and member at large of  the International Society for Urban Health, will speak at the School of Nursing ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in Royce Hall.

W. James McNerney Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of Boeing, will speak at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion (map).

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and an international authority on mass migration, globalization and education, will speak at the school's ceremony at 4 p.m. in Wilson Plaza.

Herbie Hancock will speak at the School of the Arts and Architecture ceremony at 4 p.m. in Dickson Court North.

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