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Departmental Presentation of Candidates

Bachelor of Science – Commencement 2017

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics presentation of Bachelor of Science degree candidates will take place on Sunday, June 18 at 10:00 am at the Powell Courtyard.

The following information pertains to the MIMG Departmental Bachelor of Science Commencement ceremony only.  For info on the Letters and Science College ceremony, go to www.commencement.ucla.edu.

If any issues arise with your RSVP or ticket order, please submit a message through:

Map of Powell Study Court Seating Area


You are automatically eligible to participate in 2017 College Commencement if you:

  1. Have graduated Fall 2016 or Winter 2017, OR
  2. Have completed 148 units by the end of Winter 2017, AND are declared to graduate Spring or Summer 2017.

If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria but wish to be included in the 2017 College Commencement, you have to file a Special Inclusion Petition (SIP) as follows:

  • Students — with 148 units completed by end of Winter 2017 and declared to graduate Fall 2017 – file an online SIP through myUCLA.
  • Students — with LESS than 148 units completed by the end of Winter 2017 and declared to graduate Spring, Summer, or Fall 2017 – file a paper SIP, which is available at your College counseling unit.


Parking passes can be purchased when ordering tickets.  Early arrival to UCLA is recommended.  More info may be found at https://www.commencement.ucla.edu/directions.

Tickets & Guest Seating

See here for complete instructions on ticket ordering for both the College and MIMG ceremonies—https://www.commencement.ucla.edu/tickets/ucla-commencement-tickets

Tickets for the MIMG Departmental Ceremony can be reserved at www.my.ucla.edu from April 28 – May 19, 2017.  You may reserve up to 4, and add two additional tickets to a waitlist.  There is no charge for the first 4 tickets.  Each additional ticket is $12, whether it‘s used or not.  Waitlist tickets will be charged only if available, which will be determined in late Mayby the university.  If approved for the additional waitlist tickets, you will be notified via myUCLA notices.  Please note that there are the tickets that you can definitely order, and the waitlist tickets that might be released, and that‘s it.  There are no “extra tickets” available for anyone, no matter how large your family is.  The department has NO control or ability to request more tickets for you.  However, you can have more people at the event, keep reading.

Tickets WILL be collected at the ceremony, therefore each of your guests must have a ticket to enter the immediate ceremony area.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Children who can sit on a lap do not need a ticket.  Because the event is outside, we can‘t prevent guests from standing on the outskirts of the area.  Therefore, if you do not have enough tickets for all of your guests, the guests without tickets are welcome to stand just outside the seating area, where they will still be able to see the stage.  But to reiterate, guests who would like to sit to watch the ceremony must have a ticket to enter the seating area.

Seating will be first come, first serve.  If some of your guests want to arrive early to save seats they may do so, but at 9:30 AM, seats that are unoccupied MUST BE GIVEN UP to those who do not have a seat.  Please inform your guests!

Tickets will be available for pick-up from Tuesday, May 30th to Friday, June 9th at the UCLA CTO (Central Ticketing Office, http://www.tickets.ucla.edu/).

Name Card

Similar to a high school graduation ceremony, your name will be read from a name card as you walk across the stage.  Before Friday, May 5th, you must inform Juana of the name that you want to be read (do you want your middle name to be announced?) as well as the phonetic pronunciation of the name, for example:
    • Renee Nguyen is pronounced "ruh-NAE  WHIN"
    • Gustavo Fring is pronounced "goo-STAH-vo  FRING"
    • Mike Ehrmantraut is pronounced "MIKE  ERR-man-trout"

If you are unsure how to phonetically break down your name, call or stop by Juana‘s office and she'll help you.  If you have a name that is often heard—Jessica, John, Mark, Samantha, etc.—then you don't need to do a phonetic breakdown.  We are most concerned with students with unique names and/or those with names that are often mispronounced

You have until MAY 10 to submit your name via email, phone call, or in person.  If you do not do so, the first and last name on your official UCLA record will be read, and they will be pronounced however the person reading the name card thinks is best.

If you submit your name and pronunciation via email, please put you name in the subject, like this:
    • “Josie Bruin Name Card”


Caps and Gowns are required.  You are responsible for ordering your own regalia through ASUCLA’s Graduation Etc. at Ackerman Union on the A-Level or online at https://shop.uclastore.com/c-320-graduation-etc.aspx.

No Shows

If you RSVP that you will attend, but for whatever reason cannot make it, please, please, please, be courteous and notify the MIMG Department as soon as possible.  No shows are disruptive to the ceremony.

Student Speaker

Each year, one of the graduating students represents the class by giving a 5-minute speech during the ceremony.  If you are interested in serving as Class Speaker, please fill out the application and email it to jescobar@microbio.ucla.edu.  This application is due Friday, May 12th.


Contact Juana Escobar at 310-825-8482, jescobar@microbio.ucla.edu in 1602B Molecular Sciences Building with any questions, problems, or concerns.

 On the Day of the Ceremony

Check In

Bachelor of Science degree candidates must arrive at Powell Study Court by 9:00 am.  When you arrive, go to the check in table, location of which to be announced.  Here you will receive your name card and be directed to the area at which you will line up.


The ceremony will last 45–50 minutes.  There will be brief speeches by the Department Chair; the Departmental Honors Advisor, who will introduce those receiving Departmental Honors; and, the student speaker.  Candidates will then be called to the podium by name to be recognized.  The Department Chair will give brief closing remarks.


Diplomas will be available about three months after you complete all of your degree requirements and graduate.  For more information, see here: http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Student-Records/Diplomas/Diploma-Request

Doctoral Degree & Masters Degree Candidates