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Institute for Society and Genetics

2017 Departmental Commencement Celebration

Saturday, June 17, 2017

10:00AM – 11:30AM
Palisades Room at Carnesale Commons
Light refreshments will be served following our departmental commencement ceremony.

Keynote Speaker: Lindsay Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico

Dr. Lindsay A. Smith works at the intersection of human rights, medical anthropology, and forensic science to understand the role that new genetic technologies play in post-conflict settings. She has worked with families, scientists, and activist groups in Argentina, Guatemala, and Peru to document how citizens and survivors have drawn on DNA as a tool for justice after genocide.  In her current work, Dr. Smith focuses on migration from Central America to the United States to help document the violence and disappearance that migrants suffer in Mexico and the US-borderlands. At the core of her writing, research and teaching lies the question of how and when DNA technologies can be used to address human suffering caused by violence and dispossession.  By paying close ethnographic attention to how families, survivors, and scientists make use of forensic technologies, Dr. Smith’s work highlights how their practices, concerns, and critiques can help us to better understand the pitfalls and rewards of integrating DNA into the human rights tool kit. Throughout her career, Dr. Smith has focused on training indigenous and immigrant groups in the tools of ethnography, science studies, and forensics to enable a new generation of Latin American scholars working at the nexus of science and justice.

Commencement information: Students, please note that your main window into all things about the College commencement at UCLA is https://www.commencement.ucla.edu/.  It has been updated to include a lot of helpful tips and FAQs. The College will email you reminders about key dates and responsibilities. The Guide to Graduation & 2017 Commencement handout also provides useful information and a checklist for you.

Event Tickets: For the College Commencement Ceremony, you will also submit time preferences on MyUCLA starting Tuesday, April 25, 4:00PM until Thursday, April 27, 12:00PM. Visit the Commencement website for more details.

For the ISG department ceremony, graduating seniors can order up to 10 guest tickets and 2 wait list guest tickets (note: the graduating student doesn’t need a ticket).  The first 4 guest tickets for our ISG event are free, but each additional guest ticket for the ISG department commencement ceremony costs $12.00.If you need to order more than 12 guest tickets for our department event, please contact our Student Affairs Officer, Cyndi Tando (ctando@socgen.ucla.edu).  Once tickets and parking permits are both ordered and charged to your BruinBill, there can be no refunds. 

Starting April 28, 2017 4:00PM until May 19, 2017, students can order tickets (along with parking permits) through MyUCLA (both for College Commencement and for our ISG department graduation ceremony).  You will be asked to participate in the Senior Survey first on MyUCLA to order tickets.

Pick up your ordered tickets with a valid photo ID beginning May 30, 2017 at Central Ticket Office. Their hours are: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm; Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm

What to wear at department ceremony: Students must wear their UCLA commencement regalia – i.e., cap, gown, and degree tassel.  Many students also choose to purchase and wear an academic sash, but the sash is not essential.

Who will be there: Our Director, faculty, instructors and keynote speaker will preside over the ceremony and offer their congratulations and best wishes.  We encourage all of our graduating majors and minors to attend our departmental ceremony, and also any graduating seniors who have important connections with the Institute.   Your family and friends are also most welcome.

Rehearsal: There is no rehearsal prior to the event itself.

What will happen: Students should assemble (wearing their commencement regalia) in the lobby of the Palisades Room at Carnesale Commons between 9:00-9:15AM. Our ISG staff and official photographers will then give you instructions.  During the ceremony, graduating seniors will each be invited onto the stage to shake hands with our Institute’s Director and receive her congratulations and a certificate of recognition of your academic achievement with us.  A professional photographer will record the moment and, very shortly after the event, contact you by email with the option of purchasing photos.  A small reception will follow our departmental commencement ceremony.  We hope this will be a happy and memorable occasion for you and your guests.

Cyndi Tando, Student Affairs Officer
Life Sciences 3360C; (310) 206-1890