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Anthropology Department Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 15, 2019

11:00AM | Dickson Court North


2019 Anthropology Commencement Keynote Speaker

Robert Lemelson

Robert Lemelson is a psychological and visual anthropologist at UCLA. His area of specialty is transcultural psychiatry; Southeast Asian Studies, particularly Indonesia; and psychological and medical anthropology.  Lemelson is the director and producer of over a dozen ethnographic films on a wide range of topics including genocide, mental illness, gender based violence, kinship, ritual and related topics. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. Lemelson is the co-editor of two books published by Cambridge University Press: Understanding Trauma, Integrating Biological, Clinical and Cultural Perspectives and Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health. In 2017, his monograph Afflictions: Steps Towards a Visual Psychological Anthropology was published by Palgrave Press. He is currently working on another volume for Palgrave Press on trauma, film and culture which will be published in 2020. Lemelson is also the founder and president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports research and training in the social and neurosciences.



  • Ticket ordering will take place on MyUCLA between Friday, April 26th, and Friday, May 17th.
  • After May 17th, please contact Myrna Dee Kikuchi at myrnadee@anthro.ucla.edu with any ticketing requests.
  • Students can order up to 4 complimentary guest tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $12.00 each. 
  • All ticket sales are final. No refunds will be issued for unused tickets.



  • All tickets are to be picked up from the Central Ticket Office beginning Tuesday, May 28th.



  • Students should plan to arrive at check in at 10:00AM.
  • Each student must retrieve a Reader Card upon check in. The Reader Card allows students to provide our readers with the phonetic spelling of their names.



  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00AM and is expected to last about 1.5 hours.
  • For information on the College of Letters and Science Commencement, click here.
  • For information on ordering your cap, gown, senior portraits, and announcements, click here
  • For any additional information, please visit the College Commencement Contact page, or contact Myrna Dee Kikuchi at myrnadee@anthro.ucla.edu.