General Information
Department of English Graduation
Sunday, June 14, 2015 1:30 PM
Pauley Pavilion

About the event

  • The departmental event is a smaller, more personal ceremony for our graduates and their families. You will be able to celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow classmates and the English department's faculty. Around 340 English and American Literature & Culture majors participated last year.
  • The event is approximately 90 to 120 minutes long.
  • Each student has his/her name called as s/he walks across the stage. Second majors, minors, honors and awards are also acknowledged.
  • GradImages will provide professional photography services, allowing students to purchase individual photographs of their special moment. More information can be found at the GradImages website
  • We have one faculty and one English alumni speaker. Our faculty speaker is Saree Makdisi, Ph.D. Our alumni speaker is Marla Provencio (1979 B.A. English, UCLA):

    Marla Provencio was named executive vice president, Marketing, and chief marketing officer, ABC Entertainment Group, in November 2011. In this position she oversees all marketing activities for ABC's primetime, daytime and late-night lineups, while establishing the tone and brand for the network. Her duties include oversight and strategic planning, creative development and implementation of all on-air and off-air marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns for all ABC Entertainment programming, including scripted and reality series, alternative, movies and specials.

    Ms. Provencio spearheaded the successful launches of the hit series "Modern Family," "Once Upon a Time," "How To Get Away With Murder," "Resurrection," "The Middle," "black-ish," "Revenge," "Castle" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," as well as the critically acclaimed "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Scandal," "Dancing with the Stars" and "Shark Tank," among other ABC primetime and late-night programming. She created a variety of award-winning and innovative marketing campaigns and launched the television industry's first multi-platform, brand identity and viewer-navigation system through the "ABC Start Here" initiative. Along with other programming, she developed multi-platform digital and social strategies for shows such as "Scandal," as well as alternative reality games and multi-level engagement activities for the hit series "Lost." She also was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 2008-2009 Emmy Awards for contribution to the Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media (fiction) for The Dharma Initiative ("Lost"). Ms. Provencio created Hispanic targeted campaigns for "Desperate Housewives" and "Ugly Betty." Both series' premieres ranked as the No. 1 show of the evening and time period among all Hispanic viewers watching English language television. Ms. Provencio was also named one of the top Hispanic marketers of the year by AdWeek's Marketing y Medios Magazine.

  • Most students wear their caps and gowns, but it is not mandatory.
  • The Letters and Science Commencement officially confers degrees with all the formalities of a university commencement event. This event does not.

 The day of the event

  • Participants must arrive by 12:30 PM to check in. Check-in tables will be located at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the south side (courts 4,5, and 6). You will pick up your name card that has all the information that will be announced when you walk on to the stage during the Celebration. Guests will not be allowed in the check-in area and should proceed directly to Pauley Pavilion.

Special assistance to attend the ceremony

If you or one of your invited guests requires special assistance to attend the Departmental Celebration, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities for accommodations at the event and parking information. Call Ed McCloskey at (310) 267-2004.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions about the Department of English ceremony, please contact the English Undergraduate Counseling Office at (310) 825-1389.

For general commencement questions, please visit the following links:

Main Commencement Website:

College of Letters and Science Commencement Website: