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Come here for stories, photos and video about 2013 graduates and commencement ceremonies at UCLA. The season began May 17.

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Graduates at Pauley Pavilion commencement ceremony.

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Ann Meyers DrysdaleAnn Meyers Drysdale tells class of 2013 to 'find your passion...take risks.'

A member of the UCLA Class of 1979, Meyers Drysdale is a respected pioneer for women in the worlds of sports and sports business. "The key to success is finding your passion, working hard, taking risks that others are too scared to take and to have faith that it will take off."
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Star-spangled singerStar-spangled singers tune up for commencement

Graduating seniors Shannon Foley and Ashley Yoon were chosen to sing the national anthem at commencement. But first they get vocal coaching and some background on the song.

robert-orr-intl-instSenior UN official urges International Institute graduates to be bold

Recalling his own undergraduate experience at UCLA, commencement speaker Robert C. Orr, United Nations assistant secretary-general for strategic planning, related how he nearly failed Spanish conversation because he seized up during the oral exam. Thanks to an understanding professor, he was able to pass the course.

David and Travis WearUCLA Athletics honors graduating student-athletes

The UCLA Athletic Department held its graduation celebration for 108 student-athletes on the floor of Pauley Pavilion. Football alumnus Brendon Ayanbadejo, a member of the Baltimore Ravens team that won SuperBowl XLVII this past February, addressed the graduates and their assembled family and friends.

Graduation 2013 - new doctoratesGraduate Division celebrates 75th doctoral hooding

Times have changed since UCLA's first doctoral hooding in 1938. This year's new doctorates range in age from 25 to 77, including one who was born the year UCLA awarded its first Ph.D.

Pauley Pavilion exteriorMedia advisory and map: College commencement returns to Pauley Pavilion with dual ceremonies

Approximately 4,800 students will participate in ceremonies at Pauley Pavilion on June 14, to be attended by an estimated 20,000 guests. Ann Meyers Drysdale speaks at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. events.

Chanell GrismoreGraduating UCLA senior is already empowering others through mentorship 

Chanell Grismore recalls a high school classmate who was a natural math whiz who turned to selling drugs. His story helped inspire Grismore to find a way to help teens turn their lives around.

shamas-lee-panelStudents set to share memories, wisdom at UCLA commencement ceremonies

Classics major David Shamash and communications major Serena Lee were chosen to speak to the College of Letters and Science's dual ceremonies at Pauley Pavilion. Each will address about 10,000 people and introduce keynote speaker Ann Meyers Drysdale.

college-seniorsFour graduating seniors were driven to succeed and give back

Angela Sanchez pulls off magic tricks — literally and figuratively. Matthew Rosenstein knew he wanted to do something that helped others. Andrew Nicholls served eight years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Iraq. Victor Ruiz knew the odds weren’t in his favor.  All are graduating in June from the UCLA College of Letters and Science.

Hilda SolisFormer labor secretary, NASA chief, Pulitzer winner among UCLA graduation speakers

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, NASA chief and former astronaut Charles F. Bolden Jr. and Pulitzer Prize–winning food critic Jonathan Gold are among the prominent figures who will speak at UCLA commencement ceremonies. The university is expected to confer an estimated 10,000 degrees.

ann-meyers-drysdale-120Basketball Hall of Famer and alumna Ann Meyers Drysdale to speak at UCLA commencement

Meyers Drysdale will deliver the keynote address at both the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ceremonies on June 14 at the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion. She competed in the arena as a student–athlete in the 1970s.

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Graduation 2013 - new doctorates 
New degree holders outside doctoral hooding ceremony.
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Well-wishers celebrate at the UCLA Law School commencement ceremony in May.
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