MFE Commencement

December 2019
Korn Convocation Hall


Master of Financial Engineering Commencement


Jason Hsu


2019 Commencement Speaker

Founder, Chairman and Chief Information Officer, Rayliant Global Advisors

Jason Hsu (Ph.D. ’04) is founder, chairman and chief information officer of Rayliant Global Advisors, a quantitative asset manager based in Hong Kong, as well as co-founder of smart beta leader Research Affiliates. Hsu works at the forefront of the smart beta revolution and is one of the world's most recognized thought leaders in that space. He is also the non-executive chairman of Henderson Rowe, a U.K.-based wealth management company.

An alumnus of UCLA Anderson, Hsu joined the faculty in the fall of 2008 and teaches the courses Financial Policy for Managers and Quantitative Asset Management. "Anderson provides a wonderful balance for entrepreneurs seeking a rigorous framework to augment their business intuition and for professionals who want to broaden their perspectives on investments, marketing, strategy and management," he says. Hsu previously taught financial management and international finance as a visiting professor at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He serves on the international faculty of the College of Commerce at Taiwan National Chengchi University and Kyoto University.

Hsu's areas of research include cross-sectional equity anomalies, international finance, asset return predictability, business cycles and optimal portfolio allocations. He is a co-author of The Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest, which is available in English, Chinese and Japanese, and is a contributing author to nine handbooks on investment and risk modeling. Hsu has also published more than 40 peer- reviewed articles. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Investment Management and serves on the editorial boards of the Financial Analysts Journal, The Journal of Index Investing and the Journal of Investment Consulting.

Hsu was selected as a Hedge Fund Rising Star by Institutional Investor and has won two Graham and Dodd Scroll Awards, two Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards and three William Sharpe Awards for his research. He is also a financial and business news columnist for Caixin Media.


Ph.D., Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2004

M.S., Finance, Stanford University

B.S., summa cum laude, Physics, California Institute of Technology




Caps & Gowns

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

Immediately following the ceremony's conclusion, Graduation Etc. representatives will be in the foyer outside of Korn Convocation Hall to process gown and hood returns (you can keep your cap and tassel). If you forget or are unable to drop off your gown and hood that day, you have until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019, to return them to the Graduation Etc. store. Failure to return these items by this time will result in 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 2020. 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 taken beginning promptly at 11:00 a.m. Please meet in Marion Anderson Courtyard by 11:00 a.m., which is next to ASUCLA Café. It is important to be on time and fully 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).

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 instructions for downloading the photos the week after the ceremony.


2018 Commencement Highlights


Relive last year's commencement ceremony of the MFE Class of 2018

msba 2018