The UCLA College will hold two commencement ceremonies, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Friday, June 14, in Pauley Pavilion. The College commencement is UCLA’s largest graduation, with approximately 6,000 graduating seniors, along with their families and friends.

This year’s graduates make up UCLA’s centennial class of 2019, and their sashes will include a special insignia commemorating UCLA’s first 100 years.

UCLA’s 2019 doctoral hooding ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, in Royce Hall. Among the more than 600 new Ph.D. recipients are the first doctoral cohorts from UCLA’s Chicano/Chicana studies program, and the first cohort from the University of California/HBCU initiative.

For a full schedule of graduation ceremonies for the UCLA College and professional schools, visit the UCLA Commencement website.


Pauley Pavilion, UCLA campus (map)


2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14 


UCLA alumna Anna Lee Fisher will serve as distinguished speaker at both ceremonies. Chemist, medical doctor and NASA astronaut, Fisher became the first mother in space when she embarked on mission STS-51A on the space shuttle Discovery. She is currently awaiting an assignment as a crew member aboard the International Space Station.

Student speakers:

2 p.m. ceremony: California native and daughter of Korean immigrants, Kaitlyn Kim. Kim is a communication studies major who served as fashion editor for UCLA’s chapter of Her Campus, a collegiate magazine for women, and executive producer of the Bruin Newsroom, a digital media platform aimed at creating specialized content for both the UCLA student community and local Los Angeles region. She has landed a full-time job after graduation as a fashion buyer for a Fortune 500 clothing company.

7 p.m. ceremony: Ashraf Beshay is an asylum seeker from Egypt. His parents, whom he hasn’t seen in five years, are visiting for the first time this June. His sister is also graduating from UCLA this year. His goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, and prior to attending medical school he plans to volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and conduct research in cardiology.

Commencement speakers are available for interviews. Other notable graduating students are also available for interviews. Read more about them on UCLA Newsroom and contact the office of media relations for more information.


Ricardo Vazquez, 310-206-3986 (office), 424-443-4104 (cell),


Members of the media planning to cover the ceremonies should RSVP to Ricardo Vazquez.

On the day of the event, journalists should check in with a media relations representative at the John Wooden statue near the north entrance to Pauley Pavilion. Journalists will be escorted into the venue.


Live trucks and broadcast media vehicles are required to park along the bus curb on Charles E. Young Drive North (indicated in map below). Enter the campus from Westwood Plaza, off Sunset Boulevard.

Print media may arrange courtesy parking in parking structure 4 (interactive map; also indicated on map below) by requesting a permit when they RSVP to the media contact.


The ceremonies in Pauley Pavilion will be livestreamed on the UCLA Commencement website.

For more information about UCLA commencement, visit the UCLA Newsroom commencement page.