UCLA Samueli Commencement 2021 #engineerchange

Congratulations to the UCLA Samueli Class of 2021!

Students who were unable to participate in an in-person ceremony can visit IN-PERSON CEREMONIES FOR THE 2021 to review options to do so this June.


We are proud of your academic achievements.  Go Bruin Engineers!



Megan McArthur

Commencement Speaker

We are excited to announce that our 2021 Commencement Speaker is UCLA Samueli aerospace engineering alumna and NASA astronaut Megan McArthur ’93. In April, McArthur piloted the SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station where she is currently on a six-month mission conducting more than 200 science research experiments with an international crew. She recently did a LIVE interview aboard the ISS with two UCLA Samueli students.

UCLA Samueli School of Engineering Commencement

The video link will be LIVE on Sunday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m. (PDT).

The 57th UCLA Samueli School of Engineering commencement ceremony will air on this site and on the school’s Facebook page.

After June 13, the school’s and department/program commencement videos will be available on this website and on the UCLA Engineering YouTube channel.

The video contains all elements of the ceremony including the distinguished commencement speaker, student speaker, presentations of the Ph.D., Engineer, MS and BS degree candidates (who registered for the ceremony) from all departments and the MSOL program, special messages, the degree conferral by UCLA Samueli Dean Jayathi Murthy and congratulatory messages. You can fast forward to different segments of this video by following the chapter information listed here.

Alternatively, you can watch the shorter Department/MSOL-specific commencement ceremony by selecting one of the videos on this site. Each video will have the same segments from the main video, but will only feature specific department/program candidate presentations.

Video Timecode for Reference


0:06:07 – Dean’s Message

0:13:06 – Commencement Address & Student Speaker’s Message


0:33:17 – Bioengineering

0:44:58 – Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

0:56:47 – Civil & Environmental Engineering

1:11:46 – Computer Science

2:06:10 – Electrical & Computer Engineering

2:40:23 – Materials Science & Engineering

2:47:22 – Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

3:15:32 – Master of Science in Engineering Online (MSOL)

3:30:10 – Welcome Back & Special Message

3:34:22 – Closing Remarks & Conferral of All Degrees

3:35:59 – Messages of Congratulations

Additional Video Instructions

— Closed captioning is provided by clicking the “cc” symbol at the bottom right in the video player.
— If you are in a geographic location that limits video access, please use your UCLA Virtual Private Network (VPN) to log on and connect.


Each video includes the entire ceremony and department/program-specific degree-presentation.









Gillian Marie Vaughn

Gabrielino/Tongva Land Acknowledgment

Gillian Marie Vaughn

Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science, Spring 2022

Professor Tsao


Professor Yoram Cohen

Faculty Marshal, Presiding
Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair

Karin Sinavsky

The National Anthem

Karin Olga Sinavsky

Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Spring 2001
Biomedical Engineering, Master of Science, Fall 2003

Dean Jayathi Murthy


Jayathi Y. Murthy

Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean

Dean’s Message to the Class of 2021

Megan McArthur

Commencement Address

Megan McArthur ’93

Distinguished Speaker

Maeneka Grewal

Student Speaker’s Message

Maeneka Grewal

Computer Science
Bachelor of Science, Winter 2021

Presentation of the Candidates for Doctor of Philosophy, Engineer, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science

Special Message & Closing Remarks

Messages of Congratulations

Class of 2021 In-Person Celebrations at Drake

The Engineering event was held on Saturday, June 12. The recording is now available on the UCLA Engineering YouTube channel.

In addition, UCLA campus-wide processions are held from June 10-15, 2021. If your graduate is attending one of these events, please visit the campus-wide UCLA Commencement website for livestreaming videos and recordings.

Celebrate Socially!


Share your warm wishes on social media for our Class of 2021 using these UCLA Samueli images and include the hashtags!


Join us in celebrating our graduates by sharing a video, note of encouragement, a piece of advice and congratulations on the UCLA Samueli Class of 2021 Kudoboard. For the video, please limit it to 5-10 seconds.


Tassel-Turn Application

The Tassel-Turn Application allows Class of 2021 graduates to experience a tassel turn and confetti fall as they take a photo with a personalized certificate. You can change the tassel colors according to your school and degree. This app is best used on mobile devices and by following directions on the screen.

After your degree is conferred by Dean Murthy at the end of the ceremony, be sure share your photo on social media and use the hashtags #UCLASamueli2021, #UCLA2021, #ClassOf2021, #EngineerTogether and #BruinEngineer.

Tag UCLA Engineering social channels so we can celebrate with you!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I still RSVP for the in-person celebration at Drake?

A: Students can sign up for any open time block. The engineering-only event is on Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT, while campus-wide processions are being held from June 10-15. Please refer to previously shared emails for more details. Please be advised to hold off on making travel arrangements until a specific time slot is secured.

Students can be accompanied by up to two guests for a procession around the stadium. Graduates will have their names read aloud, proceed across the stage by themselves and be photographed. They will rejoin their guests and be photographed off stage before exiting Drake Stadium.

All students and guests participating in the event will need to be either fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID test.

Please refer to Commencement FAQs for further information. Questions can be directed to our Message Center. For students: My UCLA Message Center. For the general public, family and guests: Message Center.

Q: Will the events be “live”?

A: The 2021 Exclusive, In-Person Celebration for UCLA Samueli Graduates at Drake Stadium will livestream on the school’s commencement website UCLA Engineering YouTube channel and Facebook page on 

Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT. In addition, the school will provide livestream links to campus-wide processions from June 10-15 on its commencement website.

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony is pre-recorded and will be aired at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 13 on the school’s commencement website and Facebook page.

Both events will be archived on the school’s commencement website and UCLA Engineering YouTube channel once complete.

Q: Are the events interactive?

A: The in-person celebration will enable the graduates who chose to participate an opportunity to see our dean, faculty members and some staff with proper social distance, along with their guests. The virtual commencement is not an interactive event. However, students are encouraged to share photos and interact on social media. Please use the hashtags #UCLASamueli2021, #UCLA2021, #ClassOf2021, #EngineerTogether and #BruinEngineer to amplify your message. You, your family and friends can access UCLA Samueli social images here.

Q: Do I need to use a laptop with a camera for the events?

A: No, you will not need a camera. You will only need a computer, laptop, phone or tablet that can access the internet.

Q: Is there software or downloads needed in order to log on and watch the events?

A: No, you, your family or friends will only need internet access to watch the in-person celebration or virtual commencement. If you are in a geographic location that limits video access, please use your UCLA Virtual Private Network (VPN) to log on and connect.

Q: I’m out of the country and unable to view the events during their scheduled time. Will me, my family or friends be able to view them at another time?

A: Absolutely. Once the events are complete, archives will be available on our website and the UCLA Engineering YouTube channel. As a reminder, if you are in a geographic location that limits video access, please use your UCLA Virtual Private Network (VPN) to log on and connect.

Q: Will we be able to get a recording of the 2021 UCLA Samueli In-Person Celebration or Virtual Commencement?

A: Once the events are complete, you will be able to access them at any time from our commencement website or on the UCLA Engineering YouTube channel.