Commencement 2023

Commencement Ceremony 2024

On commencement day, the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA graduates become doctors — receiving their doctoral hoods and reciting the Hippocratic Oath.

Commencement Speaker: Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond

Dr. Desmond, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is the author of The New York Times bestsellers "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" (DGSOM Common Book selection for 2017-18) and "Poverty, By America" (DGSOM Common Book selection for 2023-2024).

Praised by Esquire as “another paradigm-shifting inquiry into America’s dark heart,” "Poverty, by America" introduces Desmond’s startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty: he calls on us to become poverty abolitionists, engaged in a politics of collective belonging to usher in a new age of shared prosperity and, at last, true freedom.

Desmond is the Maurice P. During professor of Sociology and the founder and principal investigator of the Eviction Lab at Princeton University. In 2018, The Eviction Lab published the first-ever national dataset of evictions in America, collecting millions of data points going back to 2000, and it has gone on to serve as a resource hub for the millions of American renters who faced increased housing insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is also the author of the award-winning book "On the Fireline", the coauthor of two books on race, and the editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. He has written essays on educationalinequality, dangerous work, political ideology, race and social theory, and the inner-city housing market. His work has been supported by the Gates, Horowitz, Ford, JBP, MacArthur, and National Science, Russell Sage, and W.T. Grant Foundations, as well as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the New Yorker and The Chicago Tribune.

2023 Commencement Highlights

Celebrating DGSOM’s Compassionate, Resilient Class of 2023

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