MFE Commencement

December 2019
Korn Convocation Hall


Master of Financial Engineering Commencement


Gerard K. O’Reilly


2018 Commencement Speaker

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Dimensional Director, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Gerard O'Reilly serves as co-chief executive officer and chief investment officer and is a Dimensional Director* at Dimensional Fund Advisors. O’Reilly has been with Dimensional since 2004 and was named co-CIO in 2014. He oversees the design, development and delivery of research that guides Dimensional’s scientific approach to investing. He has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of investment solutions that meet the needs of Dimensional’s global clients. O’Reilly works closely with clients and leads a team of researchers, portfolio managers and traders in designing and managing reliable and cost-effective investment strategies based on sound academic research. He is the co-chair of the firm’s Investment Research Committee and a member of the Investment Committee, which consists of senior executives and investment team leadership that oversee management of the portfolios and accounts managed by the company. Prior to joining Dimensional, O’Reilly obtained his Ph.D. in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. He holds a Master of Science in high-performance computing from Trinity College Dublin in his native country of Ireland, where he also received a degree in theoretical physics with first class honors and was a recipient of the Foundation Scholarship.

* A Dimensional Director is a member of the board of directors of the general partner of Dimensional Fund Advisors.




Cap & Gowns

Each graduate must wear a cap and gown to participate in the commencement ceremony. Each student is responsible for pressing his/her gown and bringing it to campus on graduation day.

Immediately following the ceremony's conclusion Graduation Etc. representatives will be at the outside of Korn Convocation Hall in the foyer to process gown and hood returns (you get to keep your cap and tassel). If you forget or simply cannot drop off your gown and hood that day, you have until Monday, December 17, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. to return them to the Graduation Etc. store. Failure to return your gown by Monday, December 17, 2018 will cause a $50 late fee and a hold to be placed on your record which will delay the release of your diploma.


Graduates may invite guests to the MFE Commencement and Reception. No tickets are required for the Commencement Ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, please instruct your guests to go directly to Korn Convocation Hall. Your guests should not come with you to the class photo session.


A ceremonial diploma holder will be presented to each graduate at the commencement ceremony. Official University of California, Los Angeles, diplomas will be available to be mailed or picked up in March 2019. Please remember to keep your contact information updated in both the Anderson Directory and MyUCLA. The UCLA Registrar’s Office will email you when your diploma is ready. For information regarding the diploma process please click here


Your class and individual photographs will be held at UCLA Anderson School promptly at 
11:00 a.m. Please meet in the Marion Anderson Courtyard by 11:00 a.m., which is right next to 
Il Tramezzino Café. It is important that everyone be on time and dressed for the photos so as not to delay commencement. Please instruct your guests to go directly to the graduation ceremony site (Korn Convocation Hall).

Your guests should not come with you to the class photos. The processional and commencement ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. A professional photographer will be available during the reception for family and group photos. All photos will be available for download. We will email you details on downloading the photos the week after the ceremony.