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Department of English Commencement

When: Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:00pm
Where: UCLA Court of Sciences

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.

Participating students do not need a ticket but must confirm that they are attending. Each participating student may order (4) free guest tickets and up to (4) additional tickets for $12.00 each. There will be a wait list for additional ticket orders.

This year’s alumna speaker is Matea Gold, B.A. in English, UCLA, 1996.

Matea Gold — national political enterprise and investigations editor, The Washington Post

Matea Gold is the national political enterprise and investigations editor for The Washington Post. In that position, she plays a leading role in some of The Post’s most high-profile stories, helping guide coverage of the Russia investigation and President Trump’s private business, while also overseeing the vetting of congressional and presidential candidates.

Before moving into an editing role in 2017, Gold spent two decades as a reporter — covering a wide range of stories that took her from the dusty squatter settlements of Tijuana to the smoldering ruins of New York’s World Trade Center.

Gold joined The Post in June 2013 as a national reporter covering money in politics. She has written extensively about campaign finance and the aftershocks of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, exposing the growing influence of wealthy donors. She was one of the first to trace the architecture of the Koch political network, led an effort to map the Clinton donor network and detailed how the Mercers built a populist power base in partnership with conservative strategist Stephen K. Bannon. She also helped lead a global examination of Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand, an investigation that revealed that her company did little to monitor the treatment of the heavily female workforce that make its products.

Gold joined the Post after 17 years at the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing, most recently working as a national political reporter in the Washington bureau. Before that, she was based for five years in the New York bureau of the Los Angeles Times, where she reported on the dramatic changes remaking television media.

She spent much of her career at the Los Angeles Times covering politics, spending 2000 and 2004 on the campaign trail covering the presidential bids of former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, then-Vice President Al Gore, former Vermont governor Howard Dean and then-Sen. John F. Kerry. She was a lead reporter in the coverage of two California gubernatorial races, two mayoral campaigns and Los Angeles City Hall.

She began at The Times as a Metro reporter, writing about education, poverty and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Gold graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Bruin.

This year’s faculty speaker is Claire McEachern, PhD.

For more information about ticketing, parking, or other commencement events and information, please visit the UCLA Commencement website.