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.


More information will be available in the coming weeks. Refer to this page for the most up-to-date commencement news.


Questions? Please contact our department commencement coordinators Leigh Bagood ( and Danielle Carreon (

  • 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.

    *Please note that as a graduating student you do not need a ticket to enter the day of, your regalia and online RSVP is all that is needed.

    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.

    2022 Linguistics Commencement LATE TICKET REQUESTS

    Please use this form ONLY for any ticket requests made after 11:59PM on May 20th, 2022.


    COVID Protocols:

    As of May 2022, the UCLA campus does not require event attendees to provide a COVID-19 clearance check. However, all UCLA faculty, staff, and students are still required to complete their Daily Symptom Monitoring Survey and be cleared prior to coming to campus. For all guests and attendees, 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.

    Additionally, certain masking protocols are still in effect:

    Please visit the Information for visitors – COVID-19 and vaccine resources page for more information on UCLA’s guidance for non-affiliated guests invited to campus. We ask and appreciate that everyone be considerate and respectful of one another’s decisions.



    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:

  • Guest Commencement Speakers

    Keynote Speaker

    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.

  • 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

  • Undergraduate Student Speaker Call For Linguistics Commencement 2022

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, May 20, 2022

    Dear 2022 Linguistics Graduating Seniors,


    It is that time of year to celebrate you! The Department of Linguistics invites graduating Linguistics undergraduate students from the Class of 2022 to apply to be the student speaker at our department commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 12, at 5:30PM in Royce Hall. The student speaker will have the distinguished honor of presenting a parting and celebratory message to their fellow graduates, encouraging and inspiring them through this next journey in life.



    Graduating students interested in delivering the commencement address must:

    • Be a declared undergraduate major within the Linguistics department eligible for graduation
    • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
    • Commit to attend and participate fully in the commencement ceremony


    Submission Process

    Eligible and interested students should complete the Google Form application by Friday, May 20, at 11:59PM. The application requires brief information on your experience at UCLA and a draft of your proposed speech (no more than 3-5 minutes).


    Selection Process

    Applicants will present their speech to a selection committee comprised of staff and student representatives from the Linguistics department during Week 9 (May 23 – May 27). The selection committee will then select one student speaker by May 30th to represent the department at the commencement ceremony. The selected speaker will be expected to work with the UG SAO in the weeks leading up to commencement to refine their speech and delivery.

    The following criteria will be considered when selecting a student speaker:

    • Clarity of message
    • Quality of speech content
    • Length of presentation
    • Representation of UCLA Linguistics mission and values
    • Appeal to both the diverse and common experiences of students
    • Speaker’s preparation, delivery, and stage presence


    If you have any questions, please email the UG SAO, Leigh Bagood, at

  • Keep in touch

    To keep in touch with the latest UCLA Linguistics Department news, please join our mailing list. If you have updates on your accomplishments and journey, feel free to email us.