Celebration for the Doctoral Class of 2020

Watch the Virtual Celebration

Join us on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 5 pm PDT by clicking on the video below. Celebrate the achievements of doctoral graduates in a communal way, with mentors, peers, family and friends. Note that the virtual celebration is a prerecorded video and not a live-streamed event. The video will remain accessible online for an extended period of time. We encourage you to post your celebration photos on social media by using the hashtags: #UCLADoctoralClass2020 #UCLA2020 #BruinProud.


Doctoral Class of 2020 & Graduate Celebration Pages

Click the button below to see the list of 2020 doctoral graduates listed by major. Each graduate’s name with a graduate celebration page will include the degree being awarded, their department or program, dissertation title, and dissertation chair(s). Send them a congratulatory message on social media with: #UCLADoctoralClass2020

Join the celebration

To help you celebrate, we’ve prepared some posters, gifs, frames, photos, and more!

Celebration image for graduates    Celebration image for families and friends

Graduates Families, friends, and allies

Post your impressions, experiences and photos at home using the hashtags:


Learn about the 2020 Doctoral class

  • UCLA has awarded 35,378 doctoral degrees since 1938.
  • A total of 553 doctoral degrees are being awarded this year.
  • 43% Female, 57% Male
  • Average age: 33 years old
  • The youngest graduate is 22 years old. The oldest is 70 years old.
  • 76 different graduate programs
  • Engineering is awarding the most degrees (135), followed by Physical Science (90), Social Science (78), Life Science (64), Education and Information Studies (54), Humanities (40), Public Health (24), Health Science (23), Nursing (17), Music (9), Public Affairs (7), Arts & Architecture (4), Management (4), and Theater, Film, and Television (4).

Data is valid as of 6/8/2020

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Postponed

To ensure the safety of our community, the UCLA Graduate Division will not be holding the traditional in-person Doctoral Hooding Ceremony as previously scheduled on June 11, 2020. Unfortunately, we will have to delay this year’s event until it is safe to hold large gatherings on campus. More information regarding an in-person ceremony will be shared as it becomes available.

Virtual Celebration for the Doctoral Class of 2020

In the interim, to celebrate this milestone, a Virtual Celebration for the Doctoral Class of 2020 will take place on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 5 pm PDT. This will provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of doctoral graduates in a communal way, with mentors, peers, family and friends.

The 20-minute virtual celebration will start with brief congratulatory remarks from UCLA leaders and school/division deans. We are also honored to have actor, writer, neuroscientist, and distinguished UCLA alumna, Mayim Bialik, offer a brief congratulatory message. Department chairs will then give a virtual toast to our doctoral class of 2020. Lastly, instructions will be provided on how to access the list of doctoral graduates and the graduate celebration pages that recognize each graduate who responded to our invitation to participate. The graduate celebration pages highlight their name, the degree being awarded, their major, dissertation title, dissertation committee chair(s), and their photo.

Information for Candidates

Eligibility and Participation

General Information

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