Commencement 2024

UCLA Linguistics Commencement 2024 


Sunday, June 16, 2024
5:30 PM
Royce Hall  

Ceremony Program
Class of 2024 List 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Karen Emmorey
Distinguished Professor, San Diego State University
Director, Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience
BA in Linguistics, PhD in Linguistics, UCLA

Dr. Karen Emmorey received her Bachelor’s degree (1982) and her doctorate in Linguistics (1987) from UCLA. She was a Staff Scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA from 1988-2005, and she is currently a Distinguished Professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University and the Director of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Emmorey’s research focuses on what sign languages can reveal about the nature of human language, cognition, and the brain. She studies the processes involved in how deaf and hearing people produce and comprehend sign language and how these processes are represented in the brain. Her research interests also include bimodal bilingualism (i.e., sign-speech bilingualism) and the neurocognitive underpinnings of reading skill in profoundly deaf adults.

Undergraduate Student Speaker

Angeline Skye Eusebio Espina

Angeline Skye Eusebio Espina, a 2nd-year transfer student, is graduating with a B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology. Throughout her time at UCLA, Angeline gained extensive and valuable knowledge in Linguistics (phonetics being her favorite), while creating cherished memories and connections. She also played a role in establishing and expanding the social media influencer & marketing organization, REACH, to UCLA’s campus as Vice President of REACH at UCLA, growing the club from zero to over 250 members in just a year and a half. She is deeply grateful for all the opportunities and support she received during her Linguistics undergraduate experience. Angeline plans to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology, aiming to serve the Early Intervention population with passion.


A Message from Our Chair

Dear Linguists from the Class of 2024, 

 Congratulations on receiving your UCLA degree. You are now part of a select group of individuals who can discuss laterals, lambdas, and locatives! With all your hard work, and your persistence, you have mastered our rigorous and challenging program! You are ready to take the world by storm!

We – all your faculty, TAs, and staff – are thrilled to host the third Royce Hall Commencement ceremony for you. I hope to see you, and everyone who contributed to your success, at the UCLA Linguistics Graduation event. 

We wish you every success in this world. And don’t be strangers. We want to know what you are doing with your degrees. So, please join us on the burgeoning UCLA Linguistics LinkedIn group. A fellow Bruin Linguist awaits, wherever life takes you. 

With best wishes, 

Megha Sundara
Department Chair and Professor

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