UCLA Linguistics Commencement 2022

Please join the Linguistics Department on

Sunday, June 12, 2022

5:30 PM

Royce Hall

for our first IN-PERSON Department Graduation Ceremony celebrating our Graduating Class of 2022!


The UCLA Department of Linguistics welcomes you and your family and friends to the Class of 2022 Linguistics Graduation Commencement Ceremony, on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 5:30 PM in Royce Hall.

We look forward to celebrating our graduating undergraduate seniors (majors and minors) and graduate PhD and MA recipients at our first IN-PERSON department ceremony and making this day as special as it can be for those participating.

Kamil Deen
Professor in Linguistics at University of Hawaii at Manoa

Kamil Deen is currently a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, researching and teaching on child language acquisition. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Professor Deen came to UCLA as a freshman intending to study economics and business administration. He discovered linguistics in his second year, and eventually declared himself a Linguistics major. His BA in linguistics opened many doors, but he took the academic route, obtaining an Ed.M. from Harvard University in 1995 and then a return to his alma mater to receive his Ph.D. in 2002. He has received numerous teaching and research awards, and has held a number of research grants over the 20 years of his time at the University of Hawaii. He credits much of his success to the outstanding education in linguistics he received at his beloved UCLA.


Undergraduate Student Speaker

Joan Kim

Joan Kim is a secondyear transfer student from Saddleback College. She is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics and she hopes to be a Speech Pathologist one day. She found her calling to Speech Pathology after taking care of her grandmother who had suffered from multiple strokes. When she is not doing school work, she likes to spend time with her friends and loved ones. She particularly likes beach walks with her dog who she rescued during her time in Korea during Fall 2020!

  • COVID Protocols and Parking

    COVID Protocols:

    To ensure the health and safety of everyone in attendance, all event attendees are expected to abide by campus COVID protocols, including the following:

    • Daily Symptom Survey: All UCLA faculty, staff, and students are required to complete and be cleared by the Daily Symptom Monitoring Survey prior to coming to campus. We ask that you do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-related symptoms in order to protect the health and safety of all attendees.
    • Masking requirements: In response to a consistent rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and on the UCLA campus, beginning Friday, May 27, the University reinstated a universal indoor masking policy (upgraded masks – surgical, N95, K95) for all students, staff, faculty, affiliates and visitors to the UCLA campus regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies to, and will be enforced at, all indoor 2022 commencement ceremonies.

    The below masking exceptions at indoor UCLA commencement ceremonies are permitted:

          • Commencement speakers may remove their masks to deliver their graduation addresses.
          • Graduates may momentarily remove their masks while walking across the stage and while being photographed on or adjacent to the stage


    • Testing requirements: All faculty, students, and staff must be in compliance with the UC Systemwide COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and must test in accordance with the ongoing UCLA surveillance testing program and receive a negative result prior to the ceremony.

    Guests: For guests and non-UCLA affiliates, they do not need to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to come to campus or enter a commencement venue.

    • As a precautionary accommodation for visiting guests who are concerned about potential exposure during travel, UCLA will have rapid antigen tests available at Bruin Plaza and the Dickson Plaza Flagpole. These tests will be provided free of charge and be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Anyone testing positive must not attend these events and must follow isolation rules.

    More information on the established Spring Quarter COVID requirements for faculty, staff, students, and guests can be found on the UCLA COVID-19 website.



    All graduating students and their guests attending 2022 Commencement ceremonies can purchase a parking permit online, anonymously, and in advance through the Bruin ePermit Event Parking portal, starting Monday, May 2.

    The closest structures to Royce Hall are Parking Structures 5 and 4.

    For full details and instructions on Commencement Parking, please visit the UCLA Transportation website:

  • General Information for Students

    Eligibility to participate:

    Undergraduate Students

    To be eligible to participate, undergraduate students must have a declared degree expectancy term for Fall 2021 through Summer 2022 in one of our Linguistics majors or minors.

    Fall 2022 undergraduate candidates interested in participating in 2022 commencement ceremonies must complete a Special Inclusion Petition with the College of Letters and Science. Please complete the petition on to participate in the 2022 Humanities commencement ceremonies. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that these requirements are met.

    For details on the College of Letters and Sciences Ceremony, please visit the LS Commencement event website.


    Graduate Students

    Students filing or who have filed their doctoral dissertation or MA thesis in Summer 2021 through Spring 2022 may participate. Departmental Scholars who are completing their program Spring 2022 may also participate.

    You can find more information on the UCLA Doctoral Hooding Ceremony for 2021-2022 doctoral candidates on the UCLA Graduate Division website. We will have a department internal graduation celebration as well the day of the UCLA Doctoral Hooding, Thursday, June 9 at 12 PM in 2122 Campbell Hall. If you would like to participate in the internal doctoral celebration, please RSVP via this Google Form by May 20.


    Student Regalia Ordering (Both undergraduate and graduate students): Students must wear regalia to take part in the ceremony (this is your ticket into the ceremony when you check-in). Students should order regalia through Graduation Etc. It is recommended that a student order their regalia by the beginning of May 2022.

    ACCOMODATIONS: ASL interpreters will be present during the ceremony. If you or one of your guests require other accommodations at the ceremony due to temporary or permanent disabilities, please contact Leigh Bagood ( and Danielle Carreon ( by Friday, June 3.



    Both undergraduate and graduate students

    1. The My.UCLA ticketing window for students has passed. Please use the late ticket request form below.
    2. Participating students are eligible for 4 free guest tickets. Additionally, students have the option to purchase up to 4 additional tickets at $20/each (charged to your student BAR account).*
    3. After May 20, ticket orders are NOT guaranteed. After the deadline, ticket requests will not be available again until May 23
    4. Guest tickets will be distributed to your email address (as indicated in MyUCLA) between Tuesday, May 24 through Thursday, June 9. It will be sent from the Central Ticket Office ( and will contain a link for you to receive your tickets.
          1. You will receive separate emails for your student ticket and your guest tickets for each ceremony you participate in (do not confuse these as duplicate emails) . Since you will be receiving multiple emails, double check your SPAM folder in case any of your ticket emails go to spam. Please be sure that you forward the email of your guest tickets to your guests as they will need them to enter Royce Hall for the ceremony.

    *Graduating Students: Please wear your UCLA Regalia upon arrival at Royce Hall for entry into the ceremony.

    If students have any issues with ticketing, please contact, Leigh Bagood ( and Danielle Carreon ( with your UID number and details of the issue. If you are a doctoral student filing their dissertation between May 21 – May 31, please email Danielle Carreon ( directly for more details.


  • A Message from Our Chair

    Dear 2022 Linguistics Grads,

    Let me offer, on behalf of your Linguistics Department, my sincere congratulations for receiving your UCLA degree. We offer a very challenging program, and you have met our expectations! We wish you the very best for the future, wherever your interests and your degree lead you.

    The faculty, TAs, and staff are thrilled that this year we are able to offer you and your families an on-campus, in-person commemorative event. In fact, we will be having our first-ever Royce Hall Commencement ceremony, with as much pomp, circumstance, and joy as possible. I hope to see all of you, and your families, at this historic event for UCLA Linguistics!

    Do keep in touch with us, especially if life takes you in unexpected directions. You know by now that the top question a linguistics major gets asked is, “What can you do with linguistics?”, and we rely on our alums to keep us informed about the many possible answers to that question. We would be delighted to hear yours!

    With very best wishes,

    Pat Keating

    Distinguished Professor and Chair

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