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Graduation Day for a New Class of Engineers

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NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. speaks at UCLA Engineering's 2013 Commencement. Courtesy GradImages

More than 1,400 members of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Class of 2013 took to the fabled floor of Pauley Pavilion in their caps and gowns on June 15 for the school’s 49th commencement ceremony.

 NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. offered the commencement address. A former Space Shuttle astronaut who now heads the nation’s space agency, Bolden’s remarks included the story of Nkosi Johnson, an African child who displayed great strength and perseverance before dying of AIDS at age 12 in 2001.

Echoing words Johnson told a reporter, Bolden told the Class of 2013, “If you do all that you can with what you have in the time you have in the place that you are, individually and collectively you will change this world. …That’s your mission and this is your moment.”

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2013 Commencement Student Speaker Regan Patterson. Courtesy GradImages

Regan Patterson, who earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering , served as the ceremony’s student speaker. She told the history of women in her family who persevered in creating a better life for the generations who followed, and said those fortunate enough to have received an engineering education at UCLA have an obligation to use it wisely.

“Our education gives us a responsibility to positively impact society,” she said

UCLA Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir offered welcome and closing remarks, congratulating the graduates – as well as their parents, friends and families -- on their achievements. Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Jeff Eldredge served as faculty marshal.

Roughly 700 students received their bachelor’s degrees at the 2013 commencement. One hundred and seventy five students who have completed or will complete their Ph.D.s in 2013 had their degrees conferred, and 574 students earned their master of science degrees.

The ceremony took place before an enthusiastic crowd at Pauley Pavilion, with many family members and friends bearing bouquets or signs showing support for the graduates.

UCLA Engineering’s own Chauncey Isom, an academic counselor at the school’s Office of Student and Academic Affairs, sang the National Anthem.

A video of the three-hour-and-18-minute ceremony can be found here.
*updated* and a photo slideshow can be found here.

Administrator Bolden’s address begins at the 1:08 mark. Regan Patterson’s address begins at the 2:07 mark. Ph.D. candidates are hooded at 39:25; M.S. candidates are each recognized starting at 1:38:25; and B.S. candidates are each recognized starting at 2:15:20.

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Creativity on display at the 2013 UCLA Engineering commencement, with a selection of a few decorated caps. Courtesy GradImages

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Students look for family and friends as they enter Pauley Pavilion for the 2013 UCLA Engineering commencement. Courtesy GradImages