Please join the Linguistics Department on

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

for a Virtual Department Graduation Ceremony celebrating our Graduating Class of 2021! 

Congratulations to the UCLA Linguistics Class of 2021! You put in countless minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years into linguistic research in and outside of the classroom.

You listened to recordings and live language consultants to train your ears to pick up the subtle nuances of phonetics and deciphered the psychology of phonology. You built forests from sentences for syntax and peeled back the layers of interpretation in semantics. You explored world languages and cultures both familiar and foreign.

You crammed through late nights, balanced opportunities to learn new skills and get involved in your campus community, you wrote in code and sputtered out foundational sounds of language that others only understood

to be gibberish. You managed to persevere though a global pandemic that upended your final year at UCLA.

Through it all, you continued to achieve, dream, and support one other on your road to this culminating moment, your commencement. To commence means to begin, to start, and although the last year may not have been what you imagined when you first entered UCLA, we want to take this opportunity to recognize your incredible achievements, honor your commitment to your education and scientific community, and celebrate the start of your new journey. All the members of the UCLA Linguistics Department are proud of you and envision bright futures for all of you, wherever your road leads you from here!

We look forward to celebrating your graduation from the Linguistics Department with a virtual ceremony, which will be posted on this page on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Call for the 2021 Graduating Student Speaker (Deadline Extended: Wednesday, May 19, 2021)


As part of this momentous occasion, we invite graduating seniors to apply to be the Senior Speaker on behalf of the Class of 2021. In order to be considered, please complete the Submission Form by Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

The application will require brief information on your experience at UCLA and a draft of your proposed speech (no more than 3-5 minutes). Speeches will be pre-recorded and included in the virtual department ceremony. The selected winner must be available between May 24-June 4 (earlier preferred) to record their speech.

If you have questions, please contact us at We look forward to reading your speeches!

Call for Student Clip Submissions (Deadline: May 28) 

Dear 2021 Linguistics Graduating Seniors, 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will celebrate your graduation from the Linguistics Department via a virtual department ceremony. Though it was not how you imagined your graduation to be, we will make this celebration as special as possible for all our graduating students.  

Our 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony will launch onSaturday, June 12, 2021, at 1:00 PM on this webpage. In addition to honoring you as individuals and creating a special communal experience online, we will include remarks from faculty leadership and fellow students and recent alumni.  

We want you to look forward with confidence, look forward to graduating, and look forward to your journey aheadOur wish is to create a memorable, uplifting moment for each of you, and we are honored to take part in this celebration with you. Through this virtual ceremony, the resilient Class of 2021will be forever immortalized! Congratulations! 

Now on to how this will work and how you will be recognized. 

It’s all about you, and here is what we need you to do!  

See how it works here 


  • On Friday, May 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM PSTyou will receive an email to your official email address on file with a link to upload a photo and personal message. Your personal messages will be included in the ceremony for all to see (video submissions will not be accepted). 
  • Personal Messages will have a 150-character limit. 
  • You will be able to check how your name is pronounced and add phonetic changes, if needed. 
  • Deadline to submit your photo and personal messages: Friday, May 28, 2021 at 11:55 PM PST 


  • We will include your custom content in the graduation procession with your fellow graduates. Those who qualify for Departmental Honors will be recognized accordingly and begin the procession. 
  • On the big day, invite your friends and family to join!


  • On Saturday, June 12th at 4:00 PM PST (after the live ceremony ends), you will receive your personal StageClip via email – an individual recognition video clip that celebrates your achievement. Share it proudly! 

We will accept submissions for materials starting May 14th at 8:00 AM PST until May 28th at 11:55 PM PST. Please submit your materials as soon as possible before the deadline in case there is a need to re-submit any unapproved materials. 

If you cannot locate your personal invitation to upload content for the virtual graduation after the date the invitation is sent (May 14th), please first check your SPAM/JUNK mail folder. You can also visit and enter your official email address on file to request that a new invitation be sent. Remember, your invitation is unique to you; please DO NOT share your link with other graduates.  

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at 

Thank you! 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to offer an in-person ceremony. We look forward to celebrating with you in person one day in the future. Please note that the College of Letters & Sciences will host a virtual ceremony, which can be viewed starting Friday, June 11th on this page.

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