June 16, 2019
9:00am to 12:00pm
Political Science Department Front Desk

Speaker: Ezra Klein

Ezra​ ​Klein​ is founder and editor-at-large of Vox, the award-winning explanatory news site that

now reaches more than 50 million people each month across a dizzying array of platforms. He's the host of The Ezra Klein Show podcast, the co-host of the Weeds podcast, and executive producer of Vox's new Netflix show, "Explained." Prior to his work at Vox, Klein founded the Washington Post's Wonkblog vertical, which focused on policy reporting and quickly became the Post's most trafficked and lauded online operation, and was a policy analyst at MSNBC. His work has won numerous awards, including the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams prize.

Commencement live stream will be available at the department's Facebook page here

The College of Letters and Science Commencement Contact Information page contains multiple links to Message Center topic queues:

Information for graduates and guests the day of commencement:

On Sunday, June 16, 2019, graduates assemble at the LATC (Los Angeles Tennis Center). Please arrive by 8:00 AM. Enter through GATE B off Bruin Walk.

A processional into Pauley Pavilion will begin promptly at 8:45 AM. 

As graduates arrive to the assembly area name cards will be distributed. The name cards include a line for the phonetic spelling of your name to assure that announcers pronounce your name appropriately.

During the ceremony graduates are guided to the stage by event staff and hand their name card to a photographer’s assistant.  Faculty members rotate announcing names as graduates walk across the stage. A photography company called GradImages uses the flip side of the card to collect addresses which are used to send photos taken as graduates prepare to step onto the stage, stand center stage and after stepping down from the stage.

Approximately 425 graduates are expected to participate along with 3,000 guests.  Guests should arrive an hour before the event. Seating is unassigned and is first come, first seated. The doors of Pauley Pavilion open at 8:00 AM. There are several ceremonies scheduled that morning so guests should allow ample time to park, walk to Pauley Pavilion, and find a seat. The event is anticipated to be 90 to 120 minutes.


Although UCLA does not anticipate any security problems during Commencement, we are constantly monitoring the events to protect the safety and security of our guests. Please observe the following restrictions for all Commencement Activities on the UCLA Campus.

  • No large bags, back packs, large purses or items larger than 12 x 12
  • No firearms, knives, explosives or other weapons
  • No cans, coolers and other containers except in cases of medical need, as certified by a physician
  • No artificial noise makers, air horns or megaphones may be used
  • No large signs, flags, poles, banners, or laser pointers
  • No promotional items with commercial slogans or identification
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the individual commencement venues
  • Inspections of small receptacles (bags) might be required as you enter event venues
  • All Commencement venues have the authority to prohibit any other items deemed to be a security risk. Patrons will not be allowed to bring those items inside the event venues
  • These policies are subject to change without notice