2023 Asian American Studies Commencement
Sunday, June 18, 2023
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
We congratulate all Asian American Studies majors and minors graduating with a Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in the 2022-2023 Academic Year. You and your guests are invited to attend the 2023 Asian American Studies Commencement. This special event is our way to commemorate our graduates and their amazing achievements!
B.A. graduates majoring in Asian American Studies, Bachelor’s graduates minoring in Asian American Studies and/or Bachelor’s graduates minoring in Pilipino Studies who:
- Graduated in Fall 2022 or Winter 2023
- Are Spring and Summer 2023 degree candidates that have completed 148 units by the end of Winter 2023
M.A. graduates majoring in Asian American Studies who:
- Graduated in Fall 2022 or Winter 2023
- Are Spring 2023 or Summer 2023 degree candidates
How do I check if I am a degree candidate?
Undergraduate students: Degree candidacy is based on each student’s degree expected term. All undergraduate students begin at UCLA with a declared degree–expected term of two years from matriculation for transfer students, four years for first-year students. Students are expected to complete all degree requirements within that time frame. Students who exceed the time-to-degree limit must petition their College or school to change their degree-expected term.
Graduate students: You should make an appointment to see your student advisor at email@example.com to declare your candidacy.
Preparation for the Commencement
Do children count as guests at a ceremony?
Any child under the age of 2 does not have to count as an individual guest if that child can sit on a grown-up’s lap for the entire duration of the ceremony. Anyone over the age of 2 or any child under the age of 2 that requires an individual seat must be counted separately as a guest.
How do I get parking for the Asian American Studies Commencement?
All appropriate parking lots will be open during Commencement weekend. UCLA Parking Services will staff lots according to ceremony times and locations. Parking Lot 2 is the closest parking lot to the Asian American Studies Commencement. More information about Commencement Parking can be found at https://transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/commencement-parking. The 2023 parking information, including pre-paid parking, will be updated in Spring Quarter.
As the 2023 PGA US Open is being held at the nearby Los Angeles Country Club from June 12 to June 18, we strongly suggest that graduates and their guests get their parking early.
Is there a rehearsal or a reception for the Asian American Studies Commencement?
No, there is no rehearsal nor is there a reception for the Asian American Studies commencement. Graduates will receive directions on the day of the event of the graduation procession procedures.
When should graduates arrive to the Asian American Studies Commencement?
When should my guests arrive at Schoenberg Hall?
Guests will be let into the Schoenberg Hall venue around 10:00 AM. Guests leave early for the 2023 graduation as the PGA U.S. Open is also being held on the same day and time at the nearby Los Angeles Country Club. Due to the PGA U.S. Open, we recommend that students and their guests get parking in advance. Lot 2 is the closest parking lot to Schoenberg Hall.
Will there be accessibility accommodations?
Schoenberg Hall is accessible to individuals with mobility assistance devices and have designated accessible seating areas. For accessibility accommodations for guests needing ASL or audio interpretation accommodations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The university is not able to provide transport or mobility assistance devices to guests to facilitate moving through the campus.
Are there any COVID restrictions at the Commencement Ceremony?
Currently there are no COVID restrictions. For everyone’s safety, we will follow the county’s COVID guidelines and will implement protocols accordingly. We will also continue to review developments in public health protocols and university COVID guidelines, which may determine if we need to make alternate plans. We will notify the students if changes are needed.
What is the difference between the College of Letters and Science Commencement and the Asian American Studies Commencement? Can I attend both?
For Undergraduate Asian American Studies Majors and minors whose majors are in the College of Letters and Science, you can attend both ceremonies. The College’s Commencement (https://www.college.ucla.edu/commencement/) is a large celebration held at Pauley Pavilion for undergraduate graduates of all the departments of the College of Letters and Science and sometimes called the “main” UCLA commencement. As there are so many students participating in the College Commencement, the College holds three separate ceremonies, all on Friday, June 16th. The College has a graduate checklist as a guideline for students planning to attend their event. Due to the large number of graduating students attending these ceremonies, individual student names are not called out at the College of Letters and Sciences Commencement.
The Asian American Studies Commencement is an Academic Department Ceremony. These events are official ceremonies that focus on the students in the department. The Asian American Studies Commencement is more personalized, as every graduate’s name is called when they cross the stage, and each graduate can give a short 20-second shout-out/speech to their guests. This individualized activity makes the event even more special for the graduating student and their family and friends.
You can find more information about the College of Letter’s and Science Commencement here: https://www.college.ucla.edu/commencement/. If you are member of College Honors (not department honors), they also have a Recognition Ceremony that is scheduled for Thursday, June 15th. Go here: https://www.college.ucla.edu/commencement/other-ceremonies/college-honors/ for more information.
What ceremony do I attend if my major is not in the College of Letters and Science but I am minoring in one of the two Asian American Studies minors?
If you are an Asian American Studies Minor and/or a Pilipino Studies Minor but your major is not a part of the College of Letters and Science, you do not have the ability to attend the College Commencement, but you are still invited to the Asian American Studies Commencement. Instead of the College Commencement, you should be invited to the Commencement ceremony for the School that your major is a part of. You can find the day, time and location of those ceremonies here: https://commencement.ucla.edu/schedule/ucla-commencement-schedule-alphabetical#college_Dept_Grad. Contact your School for more information on registering for those events if you are interested in attending.
What about the other UCLA graduation celebrations?
There are other student–related graduation celebrations being held during UCLA’s Commencement weekend that may be of interest to students. This can be found here: https://commencement.ucla.edu/schedule/ucla-commencement-schedule-alphabetical#related. Graduates who are a part of these communities are welcome to attend them and as many, or as little of these celebrations as they would like to/are able to attend. Please contact those ceremonies on their registration procedures if you are interested in attending.
Can you provide information on how the PGA U.S. Open will affect the 2023 Asian American Studies Commencement?
The U.S. Open, one of the four major tournaments for the Professional Golf Association (PGA), will be held nearby at the Los Angeles Country Club from June 15 to June 18. This event will affect commencement traffic and parking in and around the UCLA campus. We suggest all attendees and guests purchase parking in advance and plan to leave for campus thirty minutes earlier than usual. Please go here: https://transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/commencement-parking for information on getting advanced parking.
For more information
Asian American Studies Commencement: Contact Justin Dela Cruz at email@example.com.
UCLA College Honors in Letters and Science: https://www.college.ucla.edu/commencement/other-ceremonies/college-honors/
UCLA College of Letters and Science Commencement: https://caac.ucla.edu/academic-planning/graduation-commencement/ or https://www.college.ucla.edu/commencement/