Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote UCLA Main Commencement Ceremony
Basketball legend and New York Times best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will keynote UCLA's main commencement ceremony on June 15, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be presented with the university's highest honor, the UCLA Medal.
Abdul-Jabbar is scheduled to deliver remarks at the UCLA College of Letters and Science ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 15, in Pauley Pavilion. It is a tradition to invite a distinguished alumnus to keynote the ceremony. Abdul-Jabbar received a UCLA bachelor's degree in history in 1969 after leading the basketball team to three consecutive NCAA championships, in 1967, '68 and '69. He is the leading scorer in the history of the National Basketball Association and the author of six books.
Villaraigosa, who received his UCLA bachelor's degree
in history in 1977, is scheduled to be presented with the UCLA Medal by Acting
Chancellor Norman Abrams during the ceremony. Villaraigosa was elected mayor in
2005 after serving as a member of the California Assembly, including Assembly
speaker, and a
The UCLA College of Letters and Science holds the campus's largest ceremony during commencement season, which runs from May 11 to June 17. Approximately 2,900 students are expected to have degrees conferred on them at the ceremony, and some 12,000 guests are expected to attend.
In all, UCLA will award approximately 11,000 bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees this academic year. Approximately 8,500 students are expected to participate in commencement ceremonies, and an estimated 90,000 guests are expected to attend commencement‑related activities.
For general commencement information, visit www.commencement.ucla.edu/index.cfm.
At other UCLA commencement ceremonies, listed in order of occurrence:
Antonia Hernández, president and chief executive officer
of the California Community Foundation, will keynote ceremonies for the
Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, director of the Office of Research on
Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health, will deliver remarks at
the Hippocratic Oath ceremony for graduates of the David Geffen School of Medicine
at UCLA at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at
Dr. Gerald S. Levey, vice chancellor for medical sciences
and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will keynote the
commencement ceremony for the
Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation,
will address graduates of the
Larry Gelbart, an Emmy- and Tony-winning writer, will
keynote the ceremony for the
Bill Gross, founder and
managing director of Pacific Investment Management Company, will speak to
graduates of the UCLA Anderson School of Management at 5 p.m. on Friday,
June 15, at
Nancy Woods, dean of the
school of nursing at the
· Jim Maser, President of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and space propulsion systems, will address graduates of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Pauley Pavilion.
Noguera, a professor at
· Michael Govan, chief executive officer and Wallis Annenberg director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will address graduates of the School of the Arts and Architecture at
4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at