department of mathematics commencement

congratulations, class of 2024!

The Mathematics Department Commencement Ceremony will be in person at the Court of Sciences on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 9:00 AM.

Graduates will receive individual recognition as they walk across the stage with their names read. This ceremony is for all graduates and undergraduate students graduating under the following majors: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Financial Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics/Applied Science, Mathematics of Computation, Mathematics for Teaching, Mathematics/Economics and Data Theory. 

The College Commencement Ceremony will take place in Pauley Pavilion on Friday, June 15, 2024, with three different time options at 11 AM, 3 PM, and 7 PM. This is a larger ceremony in which graduates can celebrate with friends in different departments. 

More College Commencement Information Here.

All students who wish to attend commencement are required to RSVP themselves as well as their guests to make sure there are enough seats.


TICKET ORDERING: Friday, May 10, 2024 – Friday, May 24, 2024

For now, students can order up to four (4) free departmental ceremony guest tickets. In the future (TBD), if excess tickets are available, students can order additional guest tickets for $20 each. Students will be charged through BruinBill at the end of May.

TICKET DISTRIBUTION: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 -Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Central Ticket Office (CTO) sends the tickets via email messages from Their messages contain the links for you to receive your electronic tickets. Please check that your email account is accurate on myUCLA, and check your email account’s SPAM folder frequently, to be sure you do not overlook these important messages. 

More Ticketing Information Here

Graduate Students:

If you plan to participate in Department Commencement celebration, please let Yim know no later than Friday, May 24, 2024 for seat reservation(s). This is very important so that we have sufficient seats for graduate students and their guests.

Please email Yim for more information on tickets for the hooding ceremony. If you want to participate in the doctoral ceremony, please review more details here.

2024 Commencement Speaker

Brian Lakamp


Brian Lakamp’s career spans business and technology operations, financial and business modeling, product development, strategy, and management.  At Paramount Global, Brian is responsible for the development and operation of Paramount’s media supply chain. Brian manages a team of over 800 people that prepares, localizes, packages, and delivers CBS, Showtime, Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and P+ Original content to Paramount+, Pluto, Prime Video, Apple, Netflix, and hundreds of additional distribution partners worldwide. 

Brian brings extensive experience building innovative media platforms from his previous roles in media. At iHeartMedia, Brian served as President of Digital where he launched and managed iHeartRadio, the industry-leading streaming music and digital radio service. Under Brian’s leadership, iHeartRadio registered over 65 million users faster than any previous music service. In 2007, he co-founded Fluxe, a digital startup focused on cloud-based media. Prior to Fluxe, Brian developed and deployed MovieLink, one of Hollywood’s first Internet movie services. 


Please review the details below on everything you need to know for this year's ceremony

Student participants need to arrive at the Breezeway (by the vending machines) at 8:15 AM.  Graduates will be asked to assemble on the south side of the Math Sciences Building (near the Math Sciences Corridor/vending machines) for the processional.  All guests should be seated by 8:50 AM. The program will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and is estimated to run for two and a half hours.

The name cards will be passed out while students are standing in line around the breezeway where the vending machines are located.  There will be signs as well as staff to direct students if there are any questions.  

The order of line should be: Department Chair, Commencement Speaker, Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Award Recipients (because these students will be going up to the stage to be recognized), then the rest of the undergraduates (forming two lines because undergraduates will be walking down the middle and filter into two sides of seating).  While lining up, undergraduate students should split into two different lines so that students can quickly be seated to the left and right of the center podium. The order in which you line up is the order in which you will be seated. So, if you want to sit with your friends, make sure that you stand directly in front or behind them, not beside them because they will go on the opposite side of the seating. Please be cooperative with the house staff in making the processional run smoothly.

For students with any need for accessibility accommodations, please contact the Student Services office at for reserved seating by June 1, 2024.

Once seated, please turn off cell phones and any electronic devices that may cause disruption to the ceremony. Balloons and other inflatable objects, as well as bottles and cans, are prohibited.

In recognition of each students’ achievements, please remain in your seats until all students have had the opportunity to have their names read. Graduates will then have the opportunity to turn their tassel (standard protocol in the US dictates that the tassel be worn on the right side of one’s mortarboard at commencement and then, during the ceremony, moved to the left side). The ceremony should conclude around 11:30 AM. 

A professional photographer will be present to take photographs of each graduating senior as he/she goes up on stage to receive individual recognition.  Students will be able to access their proofs online three days after the ceremony.  Orders can be placed for official individual photos and candid shots of other graduates through the website of the photography company, GradImages, as long as students provide a valid e-mail address on the name card. 

If you have any further questions regarding the Mathematics Department Commencement Ceremony, please email, come to virtual advising at designated days and times or stop by our office located in MS 6356.  Also please feel free to email with questions concerning:  

Graduate check-in and pre-ceremony reception will begin at 1:00 PM.     

In order to participate, the student must file the doctoral dissertation by June 3rd, 2022. Students who complete the filing process are mailed an invitation and the information needed to participate in the ceremony.

Graduates are responsible for purchasing the cap and gown through Graduate Etc. Graduate division provides hoods.

Light refreshments are provided for graduates and faculty before the ceremony and for everyone following the ceremony.

If your faculty advisor will attend the ceremony, please contact Yim immediately.

For additional information, please see the Graduate division website: Hooding Ceremony

From Friday, May 10, through Friday, May 24, 2024 at 11:59pm, you will be able to order your departmental and Honors ceremony tickets on MyUCLA. If you missed the College preference period, you will be able to order tickets for the College Commencement, too.

Please review ticketing process information at UCLA College Commencement website.

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If you have any further questions regarding the Mathematics Department Commencement Ceremony, please do not hesitate email us. Also please feel free to email with questions concerning:  

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Frequently Asked Questions

This day is a wonderful celebratory experience whereby students are honored before their families, friends, faculty, and Math Department staff for their many years of hard work.

During this ceremony, each student’s name is announced as they walk across the stage. This ceremony is special in the personal nature of the student’s achievement; it is a day not to be missed!

The Mathematics Ceremony will take place on: Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 9:00 AM in the Court of Sciences, the open space bordered by the Math Sciences Building, Boelter Hall and Young Hall.​   

For information on parking, please contact UCLA Transportation Department.

Based upon information given to the Registrar, students eligible for a degree within the 2023-2024 (graduation terms Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 and Summer 20224 school year will be notified on their MyUCLA page. For further questions regarding eligibility visit College Commencement.

Students can RSVP to attend the College Ceremony as well as the Math Department ceremony on MyUCLA. For more information about RSVP dates, please visit the Commencement website (tickets are extremely limited).

After submitting your request you should receive an automatic notification message on your MyUCLA page as confirmation.

From Friday, May 10, through Friday, May 24, 2024 at 11:59pm, you will be able to order your departmental and Honors ceremony tickets on MyUCLA. If you missed the College preference period, you will be able to order tickets for the College Commencement, too.

  • Please note:  Each graduate will receive one (1) free graduate ticket and up to four (4) free guest tickets for the College Commencement Ceremony in Pauley.  A lottery will determine whether graduates receive any of the additional free tickets they request, given space available in Pauley. 
  • For the Mathematics Departmental Ceremony, each graduate will receive a (1) free student ticket and up to four (4) free guest tickets.  After the fourth ticket, students can order up to 20 additional tickets at a cost $20 each (NON-REFUNDABLE)
  • Email messages will arrive at your email address (as it is indicated in MyUCLA) between Tuesday, May 28, and Thursday, June 13, 2024.
  • You will receive email messages from that contain links for you to receive your tickets.  You will receive one message per ceremony for each of your graduate tickets and one message per ceremony for your guest tickets.
    • For example, if you plan to attend the College Commencement Ceremony in Pauley and your departmental ceremony, you will receive a total of four email messages with links for you to claim your tickets.  One message with the link to your College Commencement graduate ticket, one message with the link to your College Commencement guest tickets, one message with the link to your departmental ceremony graduate ticket, and one message with the link to your departmental ceremony guest tickets.
  • Be sure you check the email account you have in MyUCLA, and check that email account’s spam folder for your ticket messages.  Check your spam folder frequently, as you don’t want to miss receiving your tickets.  Some email providers empty spam folders regularly.

Students and guests attending 2022 Commencement ceremonies are able to purchase a parking permit online, anonymously, and in advance through the Bruin ePermit Event Parking portal beginning Monday, May 1.

Please review the Commencement parking information at UCLA Transportation

Your cap and gown, of course!  (A cap and gown is required to participate in all the ceremonies.)  Commencement regalia can be purchased through Graduation Etc. (students’ should receive information regarding regalia, photographs, and Class of 2022 memorabilia through MyUCLA or Graduation Etc. directly, located in Ackerman Union, A-Level).  

GradImages has been UCLA’s official commencement photographer for many years.  They photograph each student, as well as the ceremony, for purchase later.  This year, they are proposing a 10-hour turnaround of proofs from the Mathematics commencement ceremony, making these pictures available for viewing the next day.

2022 department awards

The following awards are typically presented during the in-person commencement ceremony. Please join us in congratulating each award recipient for their academic achievements!

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outstanding actuarial science student award 2022

Eva Gabrielle Pando Mars

Major: Financial Actuarial Math

Graduation Year: Spring 2022

GPA: 3.92

Clubs/Organizations: Bruin Actuarial Society
YOUTHphonics A Cappella

Future Plans: Actuarial Analyst at CSAA Insurance Group

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Outstanding Actuarial Science Student Award 2022

Yu-Wei Vincent Yeh

Major: Electrical Engineering and Financial Actuarial Mathematics

Graduation Year: 2022 

Research: Second Order Effects and Machine Learning For Failure Prediction in Microelectronic Components

Future Plans: Summer: Quantitative research internship at WorldQuant LLC
Next year: Pursue a Master’s degree at Stanford University

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Daus Prize 2022

Sian Wen

Major: Mathematics 

Graduation year: 2022

Research: – A data science project where I used Dynamic Mode Decomposition methods to evaluate the effectiveness of gang interventions. Published a paper with me being the first author.
– A topology optimization project in which my team studied structural topology optimization problems where self-contact may be involved using the Finite Element Method.

Clubs/Organizations: Served as an assistant instructor at UCLA Math Circle from my freshman year till my senior year. 

Future plans: Research engineer in the field of self-driving cars.


Daus Prize 2022

Mingxin Li

Major: Applied Mathematics

Graduation year: Spring 2022

GPA: 3.97

Research: I participated in two summer applied math REU programs at UCLA. I also did a directed research project (Math 199) in numerical PDEs with Dr. Jiajun Tong.

Clubs/Organizations: I have been a reader for math department since 2019 summer.

Future Plans: I am going to continue studying applied math at the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at NYU Courant. My current research interest is in PDEs and numerical PDEs.

I participated in the departmental scholar program and the honors program.

daus Prize 2022

Pengyu Li

Major: Applied Mathematics and Statistics 

Graduation year: 2022

Research: Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning

Clubs/Organisations: Rye International 

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daus prize 2022

Minghao Pan

Major: Mathematics, Economics

Graduation Year: 2022

GPA: 3.98

Research: I am working with Prof. Marek Biskup on quenched invariance principle for one-dimensional random walks. With Prof. Asgar Jamneshan, I proved a multiple recurrence theorem for finitely many commuting actions of arbitrary amenable groups. I worked on Variable-length coding over the binary symmetric channel and CRC-aided list decoding of convolutional codes in Communications Systems Laboratory and coauthored two papers. In economics, my research interests include consumer bankruptcy rules, auction theory, OTC markets, time allocation in China, and time preferences. 

Future Plans: Pursuing math Ph.D. at Caltech, focusing on analysis and probability theory

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Outstanding Math/Econ Student Award 2022

David Dalton Yu

Major: Mathematics/Economics

Graduation year: 2022

GPA: 3.976

Research: I have worked in a few different areas of research, including applied microeconomics and international finance. My honors thesis at UCLA estimates the “bang for the buck” of Head Start.

Future plan: Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve Board for 2 years, then applying for a PhD in economics.

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Sherwood Prize 2022

Ciprian-Mircea Bonciocat

Major: Mathematics 

Graduation year: 2022

GPA: 4.0

Research: I am interested in topology, algebraic geometry, and group theory. I have participated in two REUs, and I also have 2 published papers and several other preprints (see link below.)

Clubs/Organizations: I was lead instructor for the junior Olympiad group at the Los Angeles Math Circle for three years.

Future plans: PhD in Pure Mathematics

Personal website:

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Sherwood Prize 2022

Tachin Ruangkriengsin

Major: Mathematics

Graduation year: Spring 2022

GPA: 4.00

Research: I’ve been conducting a research on Kuramoto Models with Inertia and Human Mobility Models with Prof. Mason Porter and a research on Approximating Stokes flow using Excess Dissipation with Prof. Marcus Roper.

Future plan: I’m pursuing Ph.D at Princeton University in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM).

Clubs/Organizations: Thai Student Association

I’m graduating with a joint degree between bachelor of science in Mathematics and master of arts in Mathematics through the departmental scholars program.

Daus Prize 2022

Su Zhou


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Daus Prize 2022

Yuyan He





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