February 2, 2017


SUBJECT:    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Speak at Two UC San Diego Events

UC San Diego, in partnership with The Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation, today announced that the exiled spiritual head and leader of the Tibetan people will offer the keynote address at the invitation-only UC San Diego All Campus Commencement June 17, 2017. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will also speak June 16 at a second event, which will be open to the campus and the broader San Diego community. This will be his first 2017 U. S. tour stop.

We are honored to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at UC San Diego and thankful that he will share messages of global compassion with our graduates and their families, as well as with a broad public audience. A man of peace, the Dalai Lama promotes global responsibility and service to humanity. These are the ideals we aim to convey and instill in our students and graduates at UC San Diego.

In 1989, His Holiness was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He also became the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. His Holiness has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning six continents, receiving over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes and other recognition of his message of peace, nonviolence, interreligious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. He has also authored more than 80 books.

Friends of the Dalai Lama is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded by Ven. Lama Tenzin Dhonden the Personal Emissary for Peace to His Holiness. Since 2000, Lama Tenzin has personally overseen the creation and planning of large-scale and elite events held at public and private venues throughout the United States for His Holiness. Lama Tenzin founded Friends of the Dalai Lama to be fully dedicated to assisting His Holiness in sharing his vision and message of peace and compassion with the world.

The two UC San Diego events featuring the Dalai Lama include:
Friday, June 16, 2017: An event open to the public on RIMAC Field at UC San Diego. (Details will be released at a later date.)
Saturday, June 17, 2017: The invitation-only UC San Diego All Campus Commencement on RIMAC Field at UC San Diego.

To learn more, visit the All Campus Commencement website at

Pradeep K. Khosla