LATTC Announces LA Mayor Karen Bass as 2023 Commencement Keynote Speaker

April 25, 2023


LA Mayor Karen Bass

LATTC is pleased to announce LA Mayor Karen Bass as the 2023 Commencement Keynote Speaker. Karen Bass is the 43rd Mayor of Los Angeles and the first woman and second African American to be elected as the city's chief executive. You can read more about Mayor Bass in her full bio below.

This year's celebration, Your Dream is Now, will take place on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 6 pm, at the Galen Center (3400 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles). The college also looks forward to welcoming LA Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez and LACCD Trustee Sara Hernandez as distinguished guests.

If you are a graduating student this year, we encourage you to submit your RSVP to participate in the ceremony via the link below by Friday, May 12. Students should also save the date for the commencement rehearsal happening on Monday, June 5, from 11 am–1 pm on-campus. Further details to come. Please continue to reference the Commencement page online for the latest information about the event. We look forward to an incredible celebration in June! 

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About Mayor Karen Bass
With an agenda focused on bringing urgency, accountability, and a new direction to Los Angeles, Mayor Karen Bass will start her term with a focus on housing people immediately and increasing safety and opportunity in every part of Los Angeles.

A daughter of our city, Mayor Bass was raised with her three brothers in the Venice/Fairfax neighborhood and is a proud graduate of Hamilton High School. After serving as a front-line healthcare provider as a nurse and as a Physician Assistant, Mayor Bass founded the Community Coalition to organize the predominantly Black and Latino residents of South L.A. against substance abuse, poverty and crime, and to pioneer strategies to address the root causes behind the challenges faced by underserved neighborhoods.

She then went on to represent Los Angeles in the State Assembly and was elected by her peers to serve as Speaker, making her the first African American woman to ever lead a state legislative body in the history of the United States. Her time in leadership intersected with the Great Recession, and she was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for reaching across party lines and making tough decisions to keep the state from bankruptcy while protecting vital services.

While representing Los Angeles and Culver City in Congress, Mayor Bass helped protect small businesses during the pandemic, created policy to drive local jobs from federal infrastructure funding, and led the passage of what the Los Angeles Times called “the most significant child welfare policy reform in decades.”

Mayor Bass earned her bachelor's degree in health sciences from CSU Dominguez Hills before graduating from the USC Keck School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program and earning her masters degree in social work from USC.

Mayor Bass’s oldest daughter Emilia planned to follow in her mother’s footsteps working for social change. The Mayor continues to be inspired by Emilia and her son-in-law Michael’s passion for life. She has three other children, Scythia, Omar and Yvette, and two grandchildren, Michael and Henry, who live in the Los Angeles area.