The Sociology commencement celebration was Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 9am in Wilson Plaza.
2013 Sociology Commencement Speaker: Ann Meyers Drysdale
One of the true pioneers in women’s basketball, Hall of Famer and award-winning broadcaster Ann Meyers Drysdale (BA 1979, Sociology) is beginning her sixth season with the two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury (2009, 2007), currently in the role of Vice President, a position she also holds with the Phoenix Suns. In 2007, Meyers Drysdale was named the third General Manager in Mercury history and later added the title of president.
Meyers Drysdale was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship from UCLA. The UCLA basketball legend was a four-time Kodak All-American, the first male or female to achieve that honor. Upon graduation, Meyers Drysdale held 12 of 13 school records and led the Bruins to a national championship in 1978. Meyers Drysdale, who was the first female to be named to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame and had her jersey No. 15 retired, also competed in volleyball and won a national championship in track in 1975.
Meyers Drysdale represented the United States in the 1976 Olympics, 1975 and ’79 Pan American Games and the 1975 and ’79 World Championships. She earned a silver medal as part of the first women’s US Olympic Basketball team at the Montreal Games in 1976. Meyers Drysdale remains the only female ever to sign a free-agent contract with an NBA team when she signed with the Indiana Pacers in 1979. After being released by the Pacers, she provided color commentary for Pacers broadcasts and was the first woman to broadcast an NBA game.
The first player drafted in the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL) in 1978, Meyers Drysdale resumed her playing career for the New Jersey Gems, where she was named MVP after leading the league in steals and averaging 22.2 points. She also took home the title as one of only two women to win the ABC Sports Superstars competition three years in a row from 1981 – 1983 and was the only woman to participate in the men’s competition.
Meyers Drysdale has established herself as an expert analyst on ESPN, NBC, ABC, FOX Sports and CBS and has done commentary for men’s and women’s basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball and baseball since 1979. Meyers Drysdale’s illustrious broadcasting resume includes the 1984, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Her incredible sports journalism contributions were honored as the 2006 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award, joining an elite group of winners that includes Howard Cosell, Bob Costas, Keith Jackson, Frank Deford and Rupert Murdoch. She is also the author of You Let Some Girl Beat You?: The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale.
Meyers Drysdale has five sisters and five brothers, including brother Dave Meyers, who also played college basketball at UCLA, under legendary coach John Wooden and won two NCAA Championships with teammate Bill Walton. In 1986, she married former Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale. Meyers Drysdale and her husband are still the only married couple to be in their respective Hall of Fames. The Southern Californian native and Drysdale, who passed away in 1993, have three children together: sons Don Jr. and Darren, and daughter Drew.
Congratulations Class of 2013!
Sociology’s commencement celebration occurred on Saturday, June 16th in Wilson Plaza at UCLA. Professor and Department Chair, Stefan Timmermans opened the ceremony congratulating students, with the support of their friends and families, on their impressive accomplishments.
Voices of the class of 2012 included undergraduates Beth DuFault, Nidia Gracia and Kathy Zhou. Departmental Honors were presented by Professor Zsuzsa Berend.
Introduced by Professor Timmermans, actor Kal Penn (Modi), a UCLA Sociology alumnus, provided this year’s keynote speech offering advice to students as they embark on their lives and careers after graduation.
Professor Steven Clayman presented graduate students, Christina Chin, Yuval Feinstein, Jaeeun Kim, Yana Kucheva, Taekyoon Lim, David Medina, Erica Morales, Ana Muniz, John O’Brien, Chinyere Kimberly Osuji, Marisa Pineau, Rocio Rosales, Forrest Stuart and Jenjira Jennie Yahirun, who were hooded by their faculty advisors or representatives. In addition, Professor Timmermans introduced and presented the department's B.A. candidates.
Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
Kal Penn (Modi) 2012 Commencement
2012 Commencement (entire)
The College of Letters and Science commencement celebration was held on Friday, June 15th and may be viewed here.http://www.commencement.ucla.edu/index.cfm.
Saturday- June 11, 2011
On Saturday, June 11th students, families, and friends gathered in Wilson Plaza to recognize and honor the achievements of the Class of 2011. Professor William Roy opened the ceremony enthusiastically congratulating students on their achievement and recognizing the invaluable support of their families and friends. The ‘Voices of the Class of 2011’ followed with moving speeches from Daneille Brown, Pardis Farhadian, and Keila Perez, and Professor Tanya Stivers then gave special mention to our honors students.
Keynote speaker Elena Davis was announced by Forrest Stuart, a graduate student who is currently working on a project in collaboration with Elena’s ‘I Am Waters’ foundation. Elena’s candid speech told of both her remarkable life and of the experiences which inspired her to create ‘I Am Waters’.
Following Ms. Davis’s speech, Graduate students Amada Armenta, Anthony Ocampo, and Jon Sigmon were introduced by V.C. of Graduate Studies, Steve Clayman, and were hooded by their faculty advisors. Finally and to loud applause and cheers our undergraduate students were invited onto stage to receive their ceremonial degrees in Sociology from UCLA.
Congratulations Class of 2011!
left to right: William Roy, Forrest Stuart, Elena Davis, Stefan Timmermans
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