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Randall Park to be UCLA commencement speaker

Actor and UCLA alumnus Randall Park will be the keynote speaker at the 2023 UCLA College commencement ceremonies.

According to a press release, Park will speak at all three ceremonies, which will be held at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16 in Pauley Pavilion.

Park, the son of Korean immigrants, grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Hamilton High School. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing.

As an actor, Park is known for his work on “Fresh off the Boat,” Always be my Maybe and “Blockbuster.” He is currently promoting his directorial debut film Shortcomings.

“As a proud Bruin, I am deeply honored to be delivering the keynote address for the class of 2023,” Park said, according to the press release. “College graduation is the most pivotal day of any person’s life — more significant than marriage, more special than the birth of a child, more monumental than the signing of the Declaration of Independence — so I do not take this responsibility lightly.”

“In my humble opinion, there is no one better to connect with these young minds than me: a 49-year-old man who is not on social media and still listens to Wham! My hope is to inspire, uplift, encourage, stimulate and other synonyms for the word ‘inspire,’” he added.

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