Celebration for the Doctoral Class of 2021

Watch the Virtual Celebration

Join us on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 5 pm PDT for the premiere of the Virtual Celebration for the Doctoral Class of 2021. Celebrate the achievements of doctoral graduates in a communal way, with mentors, peers, family, and friends. The 90-minute virtual celebration will start with brief congratulatory remarks from UCLA leaders. Each doctoral graduate will be recognized thereafter.

If you are having trouble viewing the video above, you may also view the celebration by visiting the UCLA Graduate Division StageClip Site directly.

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: #UCLADoctoralClass2021 #UCLA2021 #BruinProud.

Individual Graduate Celebration Clips

Click the button below to see the graduate celebration clips of the 2021 doctoral graduates. You will be directed to the StageClip site.

The graduate celebration clips will be searchable by name and each one will highlight the degree being awarded and their major. Graduates who responded to our invitation to submit their content, their photo, a 10-second video clip, and/or a custom message will also be included in their celebration clip. The downloadable graduate celebration clip is a perfect way to cherish and share this momentous occasion with family and friends.

Digital Program

The digital program contains the complete list of doctoral graduates with the name, degree awarded, major, dissertation title, and dissertation chair(s).

Virtual Celebration Digital Program
View or download

Join the celebration

To help you celebrate, we’ve prepared some celebration images for you! Visit this box folder.

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Learn about the Doctoral Class of 2021

  • UCLA has awarded 36,069 doctoral degrees since 1938.
  • A total of 566 doctoral degrees are being awarded this year.
  • 46% Female, 54% Male
  • Average age: 31 years old
  • The youngest graduate is 23 years old. The oldest is 63 years old.
  • 72 different graduate programs
  • Engineering is awarding the most degrees (136), followed by Physical Science (87), Social Science (69), Education and Information Studies (59), Humanities (45), Life Science (45), Public Health (36), Health Science (23), Nursing (20), Arts & Architecture (12), Public Affairs (10), Management (9), Music (9), and Theater, Film, and Television (6).

Data is valid as of 6/8/2021 

Information for Candidates

Eligibility and Participation

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 this Spring quarter. Unfortunately, we will have to delay this year’s event until it is safe and we are allowed to hold large gatherings on campus. More information regarding an in-person ceremony for the doctoral classes of 2020 and 2021 will be shared as it becomes available.

General Information

Visit the UCLA Commencement site to view the schedule of all UCLA Spring in-person and virtual celebrations.