ERC Commencement Ceremony 2016

Sunday June 12 at 2:30 p.m on the RIMAC Field 

Walking vs. Graduating - A student may walk in the Commencement Ceremony after reaching senior status (135 units). To be considered a graduate of UCSD, students must have completed all Major, GE, and University requirements to be awarded a degree. Before a student graduates, he or she must have major and College approval and the degree must be posted by the Registrar’s Office (DDA). 

Commencement Program – Please note - having your name in the Commencement Program is completely your decision.  The Commencement Program is NOT an official document of the University and is only given to the students participating in commencement - however many people want to have their name in the program for keepsake purposes.  Your name is NOT read from the Commencement Program - it is read from the commencement ticket you are given when you pick up your cap and gown from the bookstore - if you do not have that ticket, your name will not be read.

Please also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page for even more information.

Eligibility to Participate in ERC's Ceremony

  • Be a student at Eleanor Roosevelt College
  • Have at least 135 units completed by the start of Spring Quarter
  • Be finished with all courses no later than Fall Quarter 2016 (if walking early)
  • Have filed your DDA (if completing coursework by June 2016).

If you are completing coursework between Fall 2015 and Fall 2016 you are welcome to participate in the Spring 2016 ERC Ceremony.  If you do not have 135 units complete by the start of Spring Quarter 2016 then please refer to the question "What if I don't finish my coursework until after Fall 2016? Can I still participate?" on the Frequently Asked Questions Page for details to your question or on how to ask to request to walk early.

Commencement Program/Booklet Information

You must indicate your desire to have your name printed in the ERC Commencement Booklet BEFORE May 1, 2016.

You can do this in two ways:

1) by applying for your degree (filing your DDA) before May 1st (if you are completing your coursework by Spring 2016)

2) by selecting the button "Add name to Commencement Booklet" found at the bottom of the DDA Website.

DDA Button Selection Example

*If you will not be completing your courses by the end of Spring 2016, selecting to have your name included in the program may be the only thing you can complete at this point - you will have to return at a later time to finish and file your DDA in order to officially graduate from UCSD (refer to details about filing for your degree on the UCSD Filing for your Undergraduate Degree Page or for specific questions contact ERC Academic Advising through the VAC (Virtual Advising Center)*

  • From Monday May 2, 2016 – until Friday May 6, 2016 you will be able to come up to the ERC Student Affairs Office to verify that your name is spelled correctly. After May 6, 2016 NO CHANGES will be permitted.

*If you are not finishing your courses until Fall 2016 your name may not be printed in this year’s program, even though you are permitted to participate in the ceremony. If this is the case, your name will be included in the program for 2017 if you indicated your desire to have it included. You can contact the office June 2017 if you would like a copy of the program and one will be mailed to you.*

For more information please refer to the question "How do I make sure my name is printed in the Commencement Program" on the Commencement FAQ page.

Graduate Information: Cap & Gown, Ticket, Grad Photos, etc.

  • Starting Spring Quarter 2016 you will need to go to the UCSD Bookstore to pick up your cap & gown as well as your commencement ticket.
  • You MUST HAVE a Commencement Ticket in order to participate in both the All Campus Graduation as well as the College Ceremony – this is how we know who is participating in Commencement. (Parents, Family & Friends do NOT need a ticket to attend your ceremony - seating for guests is on a first come first serve basis.)
  • Pick up your commencement regalia and ticket starting in June from the UCSD Bookstore.  Graduates may also elect to have a professional Senior Portrait taken in advance at the UCSD Bookstore by California Candids. Photo sessions are available at Grad Nite and during Grad Fair. Graduates at University of California San Diego can locate their graduation photos online. Contact the Bookstore with any questions.
  • UC San Diego Bookstore Graduate Services

Parents, Family, Friends, and Guests

Your parents, family, friends, and guests who are attending DO NOT need a ticket to attend your commencement ceremony.  You may bring as many guests and family members as you would like.  Seating is based on a first come first serve basis.  Each college's commencement ceremony takes about 2 - 2 1/2 hours.  Remember their are other ceremonies happening before and after each other - parking will be limited and there will be traffic.  Please plan on arriving SEPARATELY from your guests - you must be at the Spanos Track one hour before your ceremony.

Faculty Information

Commencement Regalia

UC San Diego Bookstore will be responsible for taking reservations for Faculty Doctoral Regalia Rentals (rental unit includes gown, hood, cap, and tassel).

Regalia Ordering Information

Faculty must place online orders by the date listed or will incur a late fee. Since many faculty request specific hood colors from their graduating school, it is important to place their order earlier than later to ensure their hood color can be delivered.

Faculty RSVP


Special Accommodations for Disabilities

For Students and Guests who Need Special Accommodations:

At all its commencement ceremonies, UC San Diego accommodates disabled individuals in these ways:

  • Wheelchair seating: the end chair in each row can be moved to fit a wheelchair. Please ask a security or production individual (yellow jackets) for help removing chairs. All seats are available on a first come-first served basis. UCSD does not provide rental wheelchairs. We recommend students contact a local hospital supply company if a rental is required.

  • Sun sensitivity: two 40’ canopied tents, one on each side of the general seating sections, accommodate those with sun sensitivity. Seats are available on a first come-first served basis. It is STRONGLY suggested parties needing this seating arrive at least 2 hours prior to the ceremony, which is when guests begin arriving.

  • American Sign Language interpreters will be on stage throughout the ceremony.

  • Mobility

    • Disabled parking is available (for those with disabled parking permits) at the Hopkins Parking Structure ( 

    • ADA carts assigned for those with wheelchair needs and walking impairments. For those who cannot walk the distance from the street to the mid-field (200 yards on grass), the ADA cart can drop off your guests near the stage area.  Alert the ADA cart driver of the walking impairment. The guest must walk from the drop-off point to the guest-seating area. Shuttle wait is between 1 and 15 minutes. We advise wearing flat shoes as RIMAC Field is a grassy field.

NOTE: All seating is first come-first served, it is STRONGLY suggested that those wishing to best avail themselves of these disabled seating accommodations arrive as early as an hour to 2 hours before the ceremony begins.

If you have questions, please send an email to

Please note: No animals allowed.  Service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome.  

Flats or low-heeled shoes are recommended for walking on RIMAC Field

Family Member Applying for a Visa in order to attend your Commencement Ceremony?

If you have a family member or guest who will be traveling from another country in order to attend your commencement ceremony they may need proof that you are graduating and that is the reason for the Visa Application.  The Student Affairs Office can supply you with a letter written and signed by the Dean stating that you are indeed completing your degree and will be participating in a commencement ceremony.  

Please send in an email to stating the following information:

  • Your First and Last Name
  • Your PID number
  • The First and Last Name of the person applying for the visa
  • The relation of that person to you (your aunt, grandmother, cousin)

You will be notified by email when the letters are complete and when you can pick them up from our office.  You will be responsible for mailing the letter to your family member - our office will NOT send the letter internationally to your guest.