2016 Commencement Information

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016

9:00 a.m., Wilson Plaza

TICKETS: The online ticketing process will begin on MyUCLA, for the Sociology ceremony on April 27th and will end on May 10th.  Students may order four free tickets and each additional ticket, up to 8 tickets, will cost $12 per ticket. Commencement tickets can be picked up at the Central Ticket Office.

Students please arrive for check in at 8:00 a.m. at the southwest corner of Kaufman Hall.

The ceremony is expected to last about an hour and a half.

For further information, please click here for further commencement schedules, or contact Simbi Mahlanza at mahlanza@soc.ucla.edu or 310-825-1215.

2016 UCLA SOCIOLOGY COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Kim GORDON

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Musician, artist and writer Kim Gordon is an alumna of the UCLA Lab School* and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. Born in Rochester, New York, her family moved to Los Angeles when her father joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Sociology. 

Gordon rose to prominence as the bassist, guitarist and vocalist of the New York City-based alternative rock band Sonic Youth, which she formed with Thurston Moore in 1981. She continued to write and release material with Sonic Youth until the breakup of the band in 2011. She is currently a member, with Bill Nace, of the guitar duo Body/Head.

Gordon is the author of two books: Is It My Body? Selected Texts and Girl in a Band. In 2015, her artwork was the subject of solo exhibitions at the Benaki Museum in Athens and 303 Gallery in New York. In January, she curated the Gagosian booth at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair.

*Formerly the Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School, the UCLA Lab School is an innovative K-6 school and part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. 

Previous Commencement Ceremonies:

2015 UCLA SOCIOLOGY COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: TRISHA CARDOSO

Trisha Cardoso is Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, of Showtime Networks, Inc.  She serves as the company's Chief Press Officer, responsible for all national and international corporate and business press outreach, and is the communications liaison with parent company CBS. She also oversees the development and implementation of national public relations campaigns for all Showtime programming including original series, documentaries, music specials, digital initiatives, comedy shows, and sports. 

Additionally, Cardoso is responsible for the company’s talent relations, events, corporate branding, Emmy and Golden Globe award campaigns, and charitable initiatives.  She also oversees public relations initiatives for the Smithsonian Channel.

Before joining Showtime, Cardoso established and led a strategic consulting firm, overseeing crisis communications as well as lifestyle and cause-related marketing for diverse industries including entertainment, fashion, philanthropy and travel.  Previously she was Senior Vice President of Publicity and Advertising for the Paramount Television Group. 

A great believer in giving back to the community, Cardoso serves on the California board of UNICEF and on the board of the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation.  She is also an active supporter of local charitable causes, including the Saban Free Clinic and One Voice. She resides in Los Angeles with her daughter. 

2014 UCLA SOCIOLOGY COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: SUSAN KELLOGG

After graduating from UCLA, Susan Kellogg began her fashion career at Macy's West, where she worked for eight years in several store and buying executive positions. She then moved on to a series of leadership positions with Liz Claiborne Inc. over a nine year period, including from 2004-2007 Susan served as Group President for Bridge and Contemporary Brands with the responsibility for five companies: Juicy Couture, Laundry by Shelli Segal, PrAna, Ellen Tracy and Dana Buchman.


Prior to joining VF, Susan served as CEO of Elie Tahari, Inc., where she significantly increased the contemporary fashion brand’s international and retail business. Currently she is the President of the Contemporary Brands Coalition for VF Corporation, the largest apparel company in the western hemisphere. She is responsible for three brands of the VF portfolio: 7 For All Mankind, Splendid, and Ella Moss (including John Varvatos from ’09-’12). Contemporary Brands Coalition has over 200 retail stores globally and distribution in over 47 countries.

Her personal interests include surfing, skiing, traveling, dogs, horses, and UCLA Basketball/Football. Her favorite charities and organizations are the Marfan Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, Special Olympics, Stuart House, Women In Need, and MidTown Rountable.