UC San Diego Commencement

Student Participation

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We're looking forward to being a part of your celebrations! Please follow directions carefully in order to participate in commencement.


How to Participate

  • Degree and Diploma Application (DDA): Check with Academic Adivising for a graduation checklist. When you are ready, file your DDA by visiting degree.ucsd.edu during your final quarter. If you wish to have your name in the Commencement Program, you must complete your DDA before May 1st.
  • Registration for Commencement: Graduating Student:  Registration for commencement will be open to graduating UC San Diego students from Wednesday, March 14th, through Wednesday, May 23rd. Students can register for All Campus Commencement and ERC Commencement here: http://commencement.ucsd.edu. Sign in with your student PID and password. Commencement fee: $54.00, charged to your student account upon registration.
  • Tickets:
    • All Campus Commencement Ceremony ~ Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 am:  Tickets are required for graduates at All Campus Commencement. All tickets ordered by Wednesday, May 23, will be available on the registration website from Thursday, May 25 through Sunday, June 17, 2018. Students must print their own ticket and bring it with them to All Campus Commencement, as well as their undergraduate commencement ceremonies. The ticket can be reprinted in the event that it become lost or damaged.
    • Note: The first scan of the ticket at each ceremony will be the only use, other attempted entries will be denied.
    • ERC Commencement Ceremony ~ Sunday, June 17, 2018, 8:00 am: Undergraduates must register through http://commencement.ucsd.edu to receive a ticket to participate in their college ceremony. Tickets are not required for guests attending college ceremonies.
  • Ordering Regalia & More: Order your cap, gown, announcements, diploma frame, and more from the UC San Diego Bookstore. You can also visit the Grad Fair on May 15–17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for your commencement-related items.

Leis and bouquets will be sold at commencement. However, you are encouraged to preorder for pickup before the ceremony, so that you can wear your leis onstage and in pictures. Order directly from Graduation Day Flowers.

The Commencement Program

  • Students who submit their DDA starting Fall 2017 until May 1, 2018 will have their name included in the 2018 Commencement Program.  If you are not ready to submit your DDA but you want to ensure that your name is included in the Commencement Program be sure to log onto http://degree.ucsd.edu and select either "Add name to Commencement Booklet (but not ready to apply for Degree)" or "Apply for Degree (and add name to commencement booklet)".
  • Please note that Fall 2019 graduates' names will not be published in the June 2018 Commencement Program. Those students' names will be included in the 2018 - 2019 Program.
  • If you do not want your name printed in the program, please be sure to indicate that desire when submitting your DDA. 

Ceremony Details

  • Graduates must report to Spanos Field (North of RIMAC) an hour before the ceremony time - 7:00am Sunday, June 17.
  • Students, please do not bring personal possessions such as purses, cameras, etc... as there is no secured location to house them. No coolers are permitted.
  • We will brief you on the ceremony and give final instructions when you report at the Spanos Track.  Important announcements will be made so it is important that you be there ON TIME!

Exception Request Information

If you would like to participate in another College's Commencement Ceremony:

Graduating students, if you attend commencement, you must participate in your home college’s ceremony. Check the list below for possible exceptions.

If one of the circumstances below applies, and you are unable to graduate with your college, you may request to participate in another college’s ceremony. This is called an “exception request.”

Submit your written exception request via e-mail by midnight Wednesday, May 17, 2018, with supporting documents described below, to commencement@ucsd.edu.

You will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision. Supporting documents will be kept confidential and securely disposed of after a decision is made.

Exceptions considered by the committee:

  • You have worked or lived in a college environment other than your home college for two years.
    Provide documentation on university letterhead from the Residential Life Office or college supervisor confirming the two-year period. Living at the Village is not applicable to this exception request.
  • You have served as a resident adviser, orientation leader or intern at a college other than your home college.
    Provide documentation on university letterhead from the Dean of Student Affairs stating the college position you held.
  • An immediate family member is graduating from an elementary, middle or high school, or a college or university at a time that conflicts with your home college’s ceremony.*
    Provide documentation on official letterhead from the school’s principal or dean stating the date and time of the conflicting school’s graduation.
  • Religious law prevents you from attending your home college’s commencement ceremony.
    Provide documentation on official organizational letterhead supporting the exception request.

*Note: If you receive an exception, you’ll be assigned to another college ceremony by the reviewing committee. You cannot request a specific ceremony.

If you would like to participate in Commencement this Spring but you will not be finished with your coursework until after the following Fall Quarter:

You must send an email to the ERC Student Affairs Office.  Please be sure to refer to the detailed information and instructions listed on the Frequently Asked Questions Page.