Department of English Graduation
Sunday, June 18, 2017 1:30 PM
Pauley Pavilion

About the event

  • The departmental event is a smaller, more personal ceremony for our graduates and their families. You will be able to celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow classmates and the English department's faculty. Around 300 English and American Literature & Culture majors participated last year.
  • The event is approximately 90 to 120 minutes long.
  • Each student has their name called as they walk across the stage. Second majors, minors, honors and awards are also acknowledged.
  • GradImages will provide professional photography services, allowing students to purchase individual photographs of their special moment. More information can be found at the GradImages website
  • We have one faculty and one English alumni speaker. Our faculty speaker is Ursula Heise, PhD. Our alumni speaker is actor and writer Randall Park. Park graduated from UCLA in 1997 with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing Concentration):

    UCLA is where I discovered my passions. It was the most fertile soil for the seeds of my future self.

    A successful actor and writer in TV and film, Randall Park is also breaking ground for Asian Americans in entertainment. He can currently be seen starring in the third season of the hit ABC comedy series Fresh off the Boat, the first network television show to focus on an Asian American family in more than 20 years. His work in the series earned him a 2016 Critics Choice nomination for best actor in a comedy series. Other film and TV credits include Trainwreck, The Interview, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement, Veep, The Office, New Girl, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House, The Mindy Project, Cold Case, CSI, Reno 911, and The Sarah Silverman Program.

    While at UCLA, Park majored in English and creative writing. After discovering his love for writing plays, he co-founded an Asian American theater group called LCC (Lapu, the Coyote that Cares Theatre Company) which recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary. In 2015, Park received the Asian Pacific Alumni Alumnus of the Year Award at their inaugural gala, and in 2010 he won the Best Actor Award at NBC’s Short Cuts Film Festival. He is the recipient of the 2016 UCLA Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year Award. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

  • Most students wear their caps and gowns, but it is not mandatory.
  • The Letters and Science Commencement officially confers degrees with all the formalities of a university commencement event. This event does not.

 The day of the event

  • Participants must arrive by 12:30 PM to check in. Check-in tables will be located at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the south side (courts 4,5, and 6). You will pick up your name card that has all the information that will be announced when you walk on to the stage during the Celebration. Guests will not be allowed in the check-in area and should proceed directly to Pauley Pavilion.

Special assistance to attend the ceremony

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Additional Information

If you have additional questions about the Department of English ceremony, please contact the English Undergraduate Counseling Office at (310) 825-1389.

For general commencement questions, please visit the following links:

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