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Institute for Society and Genetics

2018 Departmental Commencement Celebration

Saturday, June 16, 2018

(Students assemble by 9:15am)

Palisades Room at Carnesale Commons

Light refreshments will be served following our departmental commencement ceremony

Keynote Speaker: Francisco J. Sánchez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educational, School & Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri

Francisco J. Sánchez, Associate Professor in ESCP, earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Southern California; and a six-year post-doctoral fellowship in human genetics and neuroendocrinology at that UCLA School of Medicine.  Before coming to Mizzou, he was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin; and an assistant research scientist in the Department of Human Genetics and the Center for Gender-Based Biology at the UCLA School of Medicine.  In 2010, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association only five years after graduation due to his unusual and outstanding contribution studying the biopsychological basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  His research interests include quality-of-life issues among sexual/gender minorities and people with Disorders of Sex Development.

You are automatically eligible to participate in 2018 College Commencement if you:
1) Have graduated Fall 2017 or Winter 2018, OR
2) Have completed 148 units by end of Winter 2018 AND are declared to graduate Spring or Summer 2018

If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria but wish to be included in the 2018 College Commencement, you must file a Special Inclusion Petition (SIP) as follows:
-Students who are declared to graduate Fall 2018 – file an online SIP through MyUCLA
-Students who do not meet the criteria above, file a paper SIP, which is available at your College Counseling unit – Academic Advancement Program, Athletics, Honors Program, or College Academic Counseling

The Guide to Graduation 2018 also has a helpful checklist of things to keep in mind to participate in Commencement.

College of Letters & Science Commencement:
All details and helpful information related to the College Commencement can be found on their website. For detailed questions, visit http://www.college.ucla.edu/commencement/help/contact/ and submit messages through the Message Center.

Event Tickets:
For the College Commencement Ceremony, visit the Commencement website for more details. You must submit your time preference for the college commencement ceremony during the timeframe of Tuesday, April 24, 4:00pm – Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:00pm. Check your MyUCLA notices to see if you rime preference was available and granted on Thursday, April 26, 2018, after 6:00pm.

For the ISG department ceremony, graduating seniors can order up to 4 guest tickets (free) and waitlist up to two tickets for $12.00 each (note: the graduating student doesn’t need a ticket). Waitlist tickets are not guaranteed, and you must order the 4 tickets – they are not automatically provided. 

Ticket ordering for our departmental ceremony begins on Friday, April 27, 4:00pm through Friday, May 18, 2019. Tickets can be picked up at the Central Ticket Office starting Tuesday May 29, 2018 during their hours (Mon-Thurs 10:00am-4:00pm, Friday 10:00am-5:00pm) with your Photo ID. Once tickets and parking permits are both ordered and charged to your BruinBill, there can be no refunds even if they are not picked up or used.

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 to our majors and minors.

Information for graduates:
Students should assemble (wearing their commencement regalia) in the lobby of the Palisades Room at Carnesale Commons between 9:00-9:15AM. Please make sure to arrive by 9:15AM so we can ensure a smooth check-in. 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.

For questions, please contact:

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