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Oxfam America President Abby Maxman and CAST executive director Kay Buck to speak at commencement ceremonies

March 10, 2019

Commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate programs this year both will be held on the same day, May 6, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Graduate Division will host its ceremony at 10 a.m. The conferral of degrees for undergraduates will begin at 3 p.m.

Both ceremonies will be streamed live online. To view the livestream, visit the Commencement site at

Oxfam America President and CEO Abby Maxman will be the featured commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony. She has more than 30 years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development. Prior to joining Oxfam, she served as deputy secretary general of CARE International in Geneva, as well as vice president of international programs and operations for CARE USA, among other leadership roles in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

The featured speaker for the graduate ceremony will be Kay Buck, executive director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), a Los Angeles–based nonprofit organization that is working to put an end to modern slavery and human trafficking. Prior to joining CAST, she was the director of the Rape Prevention Resource Center of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has been instrumental on several policy initiatives related to slavery and violence against women.