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UCLA's commencement ceremonies to feature prominent speakers

Aaron S. Williams, the director of the Peace Corps, and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) are among the prominent speakers who will deliver remarks at UCLA's various commencement ceremonies, which run through Saturday, June 11.
By the time commencement season is over, the university will have conferred more than 10,000 bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees during the ceremonies, which will be held at venues across the Westwood campus. Ceremonies began on May 13 with the School of Law.
Williams will deliver the keynote address on Friday, June 10, at the College of Letters and Science ceremony, the largest of the six commencement events on that day. Approximately 4,000 graduating seniors and a large audience of family and friends are expected to attend the College ceremony.
Last March, the campus celebrated the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary with a series of events that included Williams as a speaker and highlighted UCLA's commitment to public service. At the College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony, the UCLA Volunteer Center will honor 140 graduating seniors who have been significantly involved with community service projects and/or will enter the Peace Corps within the next year. The students will carry flags representing each of the nations the Peace Corps has served.
Also on June 10, Boxer will be speaker at the commencement ceremony for the School of Theater, Film and Television. After serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for a decade, Boxer was elected to the Senate in 1992 to succeed Sen. Alan Cranston. A member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, Boxer serves as the Democratic chief deputy whip, which gives her the job of lining up votes on key legislation.  
UCLA's commencement ceremonies and speakers are (in order of occurrence):
Valerie B. Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, spoke at the School of Law ceremony on Friday, May 13.
Dr. Neil Bear, a pediatrician and television writer and producer, will speak at the David Geffen School of Medicine's Hippocratic Oath ceremony on Friday, June 3, at 5 p.m. in Dickson Court North.
Albert Carnesale, UCLA chancellor from 1997 to 2006 and currently a professor of public policy and of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA, will speak at the School of Dentistry ceremony on Sunday, June 5, at 10 a.m. in Royce Hall.
Former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman will speak at the Luskin School of Public Affairs ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 9 a.m. in Royce Hall. Harman, who left office earlier this year to become CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, was first elected to Congress in 1992, representing coastal communities of Los Angeles. She gave up her seat in 1998 to run against Gray Davis in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, but reclaimed it after Davis won the nomination.
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating office of Facebook, will speak at the Anderson School of Management ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 4 p.m. in Wilson Plaza. Sandberg, hired from Google by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in 2008, oversees the firm's business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer will speak at the School of Theater, Film and Television ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 3 p.m. in Dickson Court North.
Aaron S. Williams will speak at the College of Letters and Science ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 5 p.m. in Drake Stadium. The student speaker will be graduating history major Elly Pettygrove of Pomona, Calif., who has actively volunteered in blood drives, youth conferences and tutoring.
Dr. Mitchell H. Katz, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, will speak at the School of Public Health ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Royce Hall.
Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest and founder of the Homeboy Industries gang-intervention program, will speak at the School of Nursing ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at 8:30 a.m. in Royce Hall.
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and chairman and CEO of both the Institute for Advanced Health and the Healthcare Transformation Institute, will speak at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at 9 a.m. in Drake Stadium.
Aimée Dorr, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, will speak at the the school's ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m. in Wilson Plaza.
Donald Cosentino, a professor at the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures, will speak at the School of the Arts and Architecture ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m. in Dickson Court North.
Other UCLA commencement events will include the Graduate Division doctoral hooding ceremony on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in Royce Hall and the College of Letters and Science honors ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 2:30 p.m. in Royce Hall.There will also be numerous departmental graduation ceremonies and special celebrations.
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