Livestream/Schedule Update March 31, 2021

We plan to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 in Spring 2022 pending approval from the LA County Department of Public Health.

We will hold celebrations of the Class of 2021 during what would have been their “Commencement Weekend” May 15–16, 2021 with the following schedule:

Online Academic Department Celebrations

Friday May 14

3:00 p.m. PDT – Mathematics

Saturday May 15

1:30 p.m. PDT

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts (HSA)

2 p.m. PDT

Computer Science

3 p.m. PDT


Commencement Celebration

Sunday May 16

1:30 p.m. PDT – address by President Maria Klawe followed by photo “slide show” created by the Class of 2021 class presidents Christian Garcia and Martin Gonzalez.

2 p.m. PDT – student led celebration “Zoom rooms” (or other teleconference platforms)

Livestream Information, Archive

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – archived example of ceremony

Commencement live stream begins at 1:15 p.m. The processional will precede the official ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. PDT.

2019 Processional

“Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1 in D, Trio,” Sir Edward Elgar


Wayne Drinkward ’73, Chair, Board of Trustees

The National Anthem

“The Star Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key


Maria M. Klawe, President

Henry T. Mudd Prize

Maria M. Klawe

Student Keynote

Jatin Abacousnac, Class of 2019

Keynote Address

Sebastian Thrun, CEO, Kitty Hawk; founder, chair and president, Udacity

Conferring of Degrees


Wayne Drinkward ’73

Presentation of Candidates

Lisa Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and R. Michael Shanahan Dean of the Faculty

Awarding of Diplomas

Maria M. Klawe

Welcome to Alumni Association

David Sonner ’80, P18, President, Alumni Association

President’s Address

Maria M. Klawe


“The Rondeau,” Jean-Joseph Mouret
The audience will remain standing, allowing academic procession to exit site first.


R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning

The Commencement Marshals

Bearer of the Mace
Trustee Marshals
Faculty Marshals
Student Affairs Marshals
Student Marshals