UCLA School of Law celebrated the Class of 2023 in a graduation ceremony on May 12 in Dickson Court. Read a recap of of the commencement ceremony.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta delivered the keynote address at commencement (See also: Commencement 2023: California Attorney General Rob Bonta to deliver keynote address). Student speakers included Amber Dean, on behalf of the J.D. graduates; Sannidhi Sharma, on behalf of the LL.M. graduates; and Kyna Collins on behalf of the M.L.S. graduates.
A recording of the ceremony is available below and via the UCLA Law YouTube channel.
The Commencement ceremony and the reception are NOT ticketed. Both events are held outdoors, and seating will be limited. Seats will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend early arrival in order to secure seats, especially if you have a large party of guests or your guests are elderly or sun-sensitive. Please be mindful of the limited availability of seats.
An area designated for wheelchairs will be located in the northwest corner of Dickson Court North, near the front of the stage.
If your guests need a sign language interpreter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commencement ceremony and the reception are both held outdoors, so hats, visors, and the use of sunblock are highly recommended. Umbrellas and balloons will not be permitted as they will block the view of others. There will be water stations available throughout the courtyard, and we recommend bringing reusable water bottles.
Campus Facilities and Gifts Available on Commencement Day
The main law building will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. Women’s, Men’s, and All-Gender restrooms are available on the first floor of the law building, and all restrooms include an ADA-compliant stall. There are also multiple water stations on the first floor of the building that can be used to fill and refill reusable water bottles throughout the day.
Jimmy’s Coffeehouse at LuValle Commons will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Lu Valle Store, where UCLA Law gear can be purchased, will be open from 7:30am to 5:00pm.
Flowers and gifts will be available for purchase on the southwest corner and southeast side of Dickson Court. Only cards will be accepted for payment, not cash. The pricing for the graduation items are:
- Graduation Bouquet $49
- Double Orchid Lei $59
- Custom Kukui Nut Lei, and Shell Lei $39
- Grad Bear $29
- Commencement T-Shirts $36
Parking is available in Parking Structure 2 or Parking Structure 3 for a $15 charge per vehicle. Both parking structures are equidistant to the Commencement ceremony and reception location. Starting April 12, please visit the Bruin ePermit website and choose the “UCLA Law School Commencement” to purchase your parking permit in advance. There is no physical parking permit you will need to display; your vehicle’s license plate will be your parking permit. With this permit, you may park your vehicle at any unreserved spot. If you are unable to use the Bruin ePermit website, you may purchase an hourly or daily parking permit from a campus pay station, which can range up to $20.
Vehicles with DMV-issued Disability Parking Placards may park at any parking structures and around the perimeter of Dickson Court, where the Commencement ceremony and reception will take place. Starting April 12, please visit the Bruin ePermit website and choose the “UCLA Law School Commencement” to purchase your parking permit in advance. It will prompt you to choose between Structure/Lot 2 or 3, but you may park at other locations. The permit is $15 per vehicle. If you are unable to use the Bruin ePermit website, you may purchase an hourly or daily parking permit from a pay station, which can range up to $20.
Directions to Dickson Court North from Parking Structure 2 and 3
From Parking Structure 2, walk north on Charles E. Young Drive toward the law school until you reach Dickson Court North, to the left of Dodd Hall. From Parking Structure 3, walk south on Charles E. Young Drive toward the law school until you reach Dickson Court North located next to Dodd Hall.
Click here to view an interactive campus map. You will find the law building (“School of Law”) in the top right corner.
UCLA Parking Contact Information
For in-person inquiries, please visit the parking kiosk at Westwood Plaza by Parking Structure 8. For phone inquiries, please call (310) 794-7433 during the following business hours: Monday - Friday (except University holidays), 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Email inquiries can be directed to email@example.com.
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