Last month, UCLA students urged the faculty and staff to bring more recognizable leaders to speak at their commencement, and it looks as if their voices were heard. Award winning director and UCLA alum Ava DuVernay is set to give the commencement speech this year for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. According to the UCLA website, writer-director Justin Lin will also be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in Film/Television/Digital Media alongside actor Michael Stuhlbarg who will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in Theater.
“It is a great honor to have such remarkable artists and industry leaders on the stage with us at our Commencement this year,” dean Teri Schwartz said. “All are being recognized at this year’s commencement ceremony for the outstanding contributions they have made in their respective fields. They are bold artists and leaders with remarkable vision and creative force to inspire and galvanize our graduates to use their work to not only to delight and entertain, but also enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.”
The ceremony will be held on Friday from 2-4 PM at UCLA’s Royce Hall.