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Commencement and Graduation

International Institute Commencement Ceremony

Planning to Participate in the International Institute Commencement Ceremony?

First of all, please note that graduation and commencement are two very different things:

Students can graduate (that is, earn their degree after fulfilling all requirements) during any quarter of the year:  Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.  Undergraduates must alert the Registrar’s Office of the term they plan to graduate, and can do so by declaring their degree candidacy on MyUCLA by clicking on "Academic/Update Degree Candidacy Term".  This will trigger two very important processes:  1) the Registrar's Office will be alerted to check your academic records during the quarter you indicate as your degree expected term in order to verify that you have completed all requirements for your degree, and 2) the Commencement Office will allow you access to RSVP and order tickets for commencement ceremonies for that June. **Graduate students should alert their departmental Academic Counselor as to their degree expected term.**

Commencement, on the other hand, is an occasion for you to be publicly recognized by the university and your friends & family for your scholastic achievements.  Commencement ceremonies occur only at the end of each academic year in June, and students are invited to walk (i.e., participate) in these ceremonies whether or not they are actually graduating in Spring Quarter!


Date, Time, Location of International Institute Commencement Ceremony

The actual date and time of the International Institute Commencement Ceremony for 2016 has not yet been determined, although do note that commencement activities will take place between June 10-12, 2016, and our ceremony will be held on one of these dates. Historically, the International Institute Commencement Ceremony has been held on the Saturday evening of commencement weekend, and we hope that we'll be able to hold it on that day for 2016, as well. Once updated information from the Commencement Office is available, it will be posted here, so do check back periodically!


Contact Information for the International Institute Academic Programs

*Graduate Programs*

African Studies (MA)
East Asian Studies (MA)
Islamic Studies (MA, PhD)
Latin American Studies (MA)

Academic Counselor
Magda Yamamoto, 10373 Bunche Hall (graduate students)


*Undergraduate Area Studies Majors*

African & Middle Eastern Studies (Major)
Asian Studies (Major)
East Asian Studies (Major)
European Studies (Major)
Latin American Studies (Major)
Middle Eastern & North African Studies (Major)
Southeast Asian Studies (Major)

Academic Counselor
Magda Yamamoto, 10373 Bunche Hall (undergraduates)


*Undergraduate Thematic Majors*

International Development Studies (Major)
Global Studies (Major)

Academic Counselor
Sandy Valdivieso, 10357 Bunche Hall