College of Letters and Science Commencement Ceremony
Pauley Pavilion -- Friday, June 16th @ 2:00PM
Pauley Pavilion -- Friday, June 16th @ 7:00PM
Asian American Studies Department Commencement Ceremony
Schoenberg Hall -- Sunday, June 18th @ 10:30AM
Samahang Pilipino Student Celebration
Royce Hall -- Sunday, June 18th @ 2:00PM
Asian Pacific Islander Student Celebration
Dickson Court North -- Sunday, June 18th @ 3:00PM
Vietnamese Student Celebration
Powell Courtyard -- Sunday, June 18th @ 4:00PM
Complete Schedule: https://www.commencement.ucla.edu/schedule
DEPARTMENT COMMENCEMENT KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed
Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles.
An electoral organizer by trade, she’s mobilized thousands of Asian American & Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years. In 2004, she founded South Asian American Voting Youth (SAAVY), a national organization that organizes South Asian American youth to have a political voice and get involved in the electoral process. She has since worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance employing in-language culturally competent tools to mobilize hundreds of thousands of AAPI voters to the polls. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising.
With a Master in Public Policy degree with concentration on racial justice policy from UCLA's School of Public Affairs, she was part of a student led initiative to bring Critical Race Theory into public policy. While at UCLA, her thesis project entitled Barriers to Student Voting examines the various barriers that students in California face when exercising civic engagement. An experienced campaign trainer, she has led workshops with EnviroCitizen, APIA Vote, the League of Young Voters, and Campus Camp Wellstone.
In 2016, Taz was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. She is cohost of The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast that has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed as well as live shows recorded at South by Southwest and the White House. An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love, was a blogger for Sepia Mutiny, has written for Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine, and more. She is published in the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016) and poetry collection Coiled Serpent (2016) and was published in the anthology Love, Inshallah (2012). Her third poetry chapbook Emdash and Ellipses was published in early 2016. Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Beats for Bangladesh and she annually makes #MuslimVDay Cards. Her artwork was featured in the shows Sharia Revoiced (2015), in Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s “H-1B” (2015), and Rebel Legacy: Activist Art from South Asian California (2014).
You can find her rant on twitter @tazzystar and at tazzystar.blogspot.com.
Undergraduates: Beginning Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:00PM through Friday, May 19, 2017, ticket orders for the Asian American Studies Department Commencement Ceremony can be made through My.UCLA. The first 4 tickets are free; additional tickets are available for $12 each. Up to 15 tickets may be ordered. Beyond the 15 tickets, students may waitlist request up to 5 tickets.
Graduate Students: Beginning Tuesday, April 25, 2017, ticket orders for the Asian American Studies Department Commencement Ceremony must be made by emailing the Academic Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 4 tickets are free; additional tickets are available for $12 each. Up to 15 tickets may be ordered. Beyond the 15 tickets, students may waitlist request up to 5 tickets.
CAP AND GOWN
Students may order their regalia through Graduation Etc., located in Ackerman Union, A-Level, beginning TBA. For more information, please visit UCLAStore.
COMMENCEMENT BOOKLET: FERPA RESTRICTIONS
If you have “Do Not Release Any Information” or “FERPA RESTRICTION” at the top of your DPR/DARS, you have a total privacy restriction on your UCLA record. Your name will not be printed in the Commencement booklet. In order for your name to be printed in the Asian American Students Department Commencement Program, please email the Academic Advisor (email@example.com) authorizing that you would like to have your name printed in the booklet by TBA.
Graduates should check in at Schoenburg Hall by no later than 10:00 AM. Parking for Schoenburg Hall will be available in Parking Structure #2. Theatre Doors will open at 10:00 AM. Seating is general admission and guests will be accommodated first come, first served. The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 AM.
UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Interested in becoming our Undergraduate Commencement Speaker? Students who are interested in delivering the Undergraduate Commencement speech must submit a Word (.docx or .doc) draft of your intended speech to the Academic Advisor, Kristine Jan Espinoza, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The speech must not exceed 5 minutes in length. Please include your name, student ID number, email, and phone number where you can be reached.
Undergraduate Commencement speeches are due no later than Friday of the 1st Week of Spring 2017: Friday, April 7, 2017.
For questions regarding the Asian American Studies Department Commencement Ceremony, please contact AASD Academic Advisor, Kristine Jan Espinoza (310-267-5593; email@example.com).