Please join the Linguistics Department on
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 LingUndergrad@humnet.ucla.edu. We look forward to reading your speeches!
Questions? Contact LingUndergrad@humnet.ucla.edu