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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.

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Eligibility

Any student wishing to participate in the June commencement ceremony must have completed 135 units by the end of Winter Quarter. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute official graduation from the university.

 

Registration

Registration for All Campus Commencement  and Eleanor Roosevelt College Commencement will be open to graduating UC San Diego students from Wednesday, March 6, 2019, through Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Students can register for All Campus Commencement and ERC Commencement here: http://commencement.ucsd.edu 

54$ will be charged to your student account within 24 hours of registering for your undergraduate commencement ceremony and/or All Campus Commencement.

Exception Request

If you choose to participate in an undergraduate ceremony, you must attend your home college’s ceremony unless you have a preapproved exception. 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 based on availability. This is called an “exception request.”

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 campus 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 campus 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. Your request for a specific ceremony is not guaranteed.

How to submit an exception request

Exception requests can be submitted via email to commencement@ucsd.edu  once registration opens. Detailed instructions will be available in March 2019 on https://commencement.ucsd.edu/ 

 

Commencement Booklet

You can request to list your name in the commencement booklet during the online commencement registration process at commencement.ucsd.edu or while filing for your  Degree and Diploma Application (DDA) by May 1, 2019. After this date your name cannot be added to the booklet.  

Commencement Tickets

Tickets are required to participate in All Campus Commencement and the undergraduate commencement ceremonies. All tickets ordered by Wednesday, May 22, will be available for printing on the commencement registration website from Thursday, May 23, through Sunday, June 16, 2019.

You must print your own ticket and bring it with you to All Campus Commencement and the ERC Comencement Ceremonies. You will not be able to participate in Commencement without your ticket.

The ticket can be reprinted in the event that it becomes lost or damaged. The first scan of the ticket at each ceremony will be the only use, other attempted entries will be denied.

Tickets are NOT required for your guests. You may bring an unlimited number of guests to the ERC Commencement Ceremony. Guest seating is on a first come first served basis.    

 

Ordering Regelia

Regalia is required at all Commencement 2019 ceremonies. Regalia will be available for purchase at the UC San Diego Bookstore through the UCSD Bookstore during Spring Quarter.

You as the student must have a cap, gown, and commencement ticket in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.  

Should you have any questions regarding fees, costs or arrangements for ordering and pick-up your graduation regalia please contact the UC San Diego Bookstore, Customer Service Department at (858) 534-7326 for additional information. You can check their Grad Central website for more detailed information.

Ceremony & Arrival

Graduates: Arrive at the Triton (Spanos) Track and Field area 90 minutes before the start of the ceremony - that means being at Triton Track at 5:00 p.m.! Remember to leave plenty of time to park and get to RIMAC Field.

  • Bring your ticket, cap and gown with you (if you are not already wearing it), along with the ERC graduation ticket, and proceed to the North Campus Recreational Field (also known as RIMAC Field). Go to the Triton Track at the far north end of the field. Note: your family and friends need to proceed directly onto the RIMAC Field.
    Only graduates with tickets will be allowed at Triton Track.
  • Please listen for and comply with instructions of the commencement staff that will be there to assist you.
  • You will be escorted in line to the field where you will process into the seating area. Please stay in your designated line. Do not stop for family photos as this delays the procession.
  • The Provost will proceed with the ceremony: speeches, recognition of students and faculty receiving awards, and then the reading of graduates' names and crossing the stage.
  • The ceremony will conclude with the traditional turning of the tassel (from right to left) and then a recessional of the platform party.
  • The ceremony is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We suggest making your post-Commencement plans after 8:30 p.m. This will allow everyone ample time to take pictures after the ceremony and safely exit our parking areas.
  • Guests should plan on arriving to RIMAC field to find seating 1-1.5 hours prior to Commencement ceremony start time. Please allow at least 1 hour to park and arrive at RIMAC field.

There is no rehearsal or practice for commencement.  This is why it is so vital that you are at the triton track 1,5 hour before the ceremony begins.  It will take that full hour to make sure everyone is lined up and ready to be directed to your seats.

 

How exactly will graduates be recognized?

ERC staff will direct graduates to form two lines, one on the left of the stage and another on the right side of the stage. Graduates will be arranged in the order in which they are seated.

When you get to the stage you will hand your commencement ticket with your name as you selected to have it read - and have also spelled it out fo-net-ick-lee . If you are still worried your name will be mispronounced, just whisper the proper pronunciation in the Campus Official's ear as you hand in your ticket.  Your name will then be broadcast on a screen on stage.

The Provost will confer the degrees after everyone has crossed the stage.

After the graduate's name is announced, the graduate will proceed across the stage to receive a congratulatory handshake from a Campus Official while being photographed by a professional photographer.

After crossing the stage, ERC Commencement Staff will direct graduates back to their seat. Once seated, graduates are expected to stay in their seats for the duration of the ceremony out of respect for all graduates.

Guest Information

Tickets

Please note that guest tickets are not required for the college ceremonies. There is no limit to the number of guests that a graduate may invite to attend the college ceremony. Remember that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Disability Accomodation

 Event attendees who have an accessibility need will be allowed to park in Hopkins Parking Structure. Please enter the campus from Campus Point Drive off of Genesee Avenue and follow the direction of the parking attendants. Motorized cart service will be available for individuals requiring assistance and one guest. Able-bodied guests will be asked to walk and meet their party at the entrance to RIMAC Field.

Disabled parking spaces for those with disabled parking permits

  • 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.  UC San Diego does not provide rental wheelchairs. We recommend students contact a local hospital supply company if a rental is required.
  • American Sign Language interpreters will be on stage throughout the ceremony

 

Proof of Graduation for Family Member Visas

If you have a family member or guest who will be traveling from another country in order to attend your commencement ceremony some countries will require a letter in support of their Visa indicating that you are indeed graduating and verifying that the reason for their visit is so that they may attend your commencement ceremony. 

The Student Affairs Office can supply you with a letter written and signed by the Dean verifying your participation in the commencement ceremony.  Please send in an email to ercstudentlife@ucsd.edu including the following information.

Your First Name & Last Name
Student PID Number 
First Name & Last Name of relative
Their relation to you (Aunt, Uncle, Grandmother, etc.)

We will notify you when the letter(s) 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.  We will not start writing these letters until Winter Quarter.


Ceremony Etiquette

  • Please do not approach the stage to take a picture or film your graduates as they cross the stage. Guests must stay within the designated guest area and only graduates are permitted in the graduate seating section. We encourage you to use a powerful zoom lens to memorialize this special day. Also, please be aware that professional photographers from Grad Images will be taking two photos of each graduate – one as they cross the stage after their name is read and the second as they exit the stage. Graduates will receive a proof photo about a month following Commencement, at which time you may decide whether to order prints and enlargements. Graduates may also elect to have a professional Senior Portrait taken in advance at the Bookstore (contact the Bookstore for specific dates and times).
  • Please follow the advice and instructions of the event staff. This includes parking attendants, event staff, and security guards. We are all there working to ensure that the ceremony proceeds in a timely manner, so please comply with all of our requests.
  • Please do not bring air horns, large balloon bouquets, or other potentially irksome items to the ceremony.Large balloon bouquets block the view of other guests and the use of air horns can interfere with everyone's ability to hear the ceremony, and many people find them aurally disturbing. Please be mindful that we will have more than 9,000 guests in attendance at our ceremony and respect those around you.
  • No alcohol of any kind will be permitted on track or surrounding areas, any guests or students will be asked to throw away these substances.
  • Please do not encourage your graduate to leave the ceremony until its completion. The ceremony officially ends following the tassel ceremony and recessional of the distinguished guests, faculty and staff on stage. Be respectful of the graduates who cross the stage last; they deserve as much attention and recognition as those who cross first.

Flowers for Your Graduate

  • Leis and bouquets will be sold at commencement.  Students and guests are encouraged to pre-order for pick up before the ceremony so they can wear their leis on stage and in pictures. Orders can be placed at https://graduationdayflowers.com/UCSD/ 

Additional Information

College Honors

 

Eligibility for college honors is based upon the cumulative grade point average (GPA).  In addition, to be eligible for honors, a student must receive letter grades for at least 80 quarter units of course work at the University of California.

Any departmental honors will be provided to the college by the the departments themselves and will be indicated on the Commencement Ceremony.  

Photographs

  • Guests are not allowed to cross any barricade or disrupt the flow of the ceremony to take pictures. Only our professional photographers are allowed on stage to take pictures. Please remember to tell your guests to bring a powerful zoom lens to use in memorializing this special day.
  • Professional photographers will be present at the ceremony taking pictures of the graduate before they step onto the stage and as they cross the stage. The graduate will receive photo proofs via email. Be sure to write your e-mail address clearly on the back of the commencement ticket to ensure your proofs arrive.

Grad Fair

Dates: May 7, 8, & 9 2019 in the UC San Diego Bookstore.

Congratulations Triton Seniors! Now's that time to purchase your cap & gown, or bundle and save with a Triton Grad Pack. Find out about diploma frames, class rings, grad announcements, exclusive sales, senior portraits, academic discounts on Apple computers, discounts and more.  For more information, please click HERE.

Grad Nite Celebration

Date: May 8, 2019 from 6:30 p.m - 9:00 p.m.

UC San Diego's red carpet, graduation kick-off party for the class of 2017! Seniors, bring your family & friends to this not-to-be-missed event. Pick up your cap & gown, free food, fun zone with DJ and photo booth, Alumni, class rings, diploma frames, grad announcements, senior portraits, thousands of dollars worth of prizes, PLUS sales exclusive to this night only. Check out more information HERE.

Senior Portraits

Graduates may also elect to have a professional Senior Portrait taken in advance at the UC San Diego Bookstore during Grad Night and at the Grad Fair. Please check the Graduation Central webpage of the UC San Diego Bookstore for updates. If you have additional questions, please contact the UC San Diego Bookstore for more information at (858) 534-7323.

Graduation Announcements

Graduation Announcements may be ordered online through Jostens HERE

Class Rings

UC San Diego Class rings may be ordered online through Jostens HERE

Senior Class Gift

What's Your Legacy? The Senior Class Gift (SCG) is your first step into joining the UC San Diego alumni community and showing how much being a Triton means to you. The mission of the SCG is to engage seniors to leave their legacy and cultivate a pattern of philanthropy before leaving UC San Diego. By making a contribution in honor of our graduating class, you are committing to make UC San Diego a better place. We give back because seniors before us helped make our Triton experience possible. Now it's our turn to give others the same opportunities.