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Congratulations to the UC San Diego Class of 2016!

UC San Diego graduates celebrate, June 2015

Please join us for both commencement and the graduation ceremonies, listed below, to fully experience the pomp and circumstance, and joy and pride, that marks one of the most memorable times in a student’s life. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

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All Campus Commencement: June 11 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. at RIMAC Field

UC San Diego is reviving a time-honored tradition to celebrate and unify all graduates together. For the first time in 16 years, a campuswide commencement featuring an internationally-renowned speaker will be held in tandem with the separate undergraduate and graduate school ceremonies. 

At the 90-minute All Campus Commencement, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will officially confer degrees by academic division upon graduates of the six undergraduate colleges, Graduate Division and professional schools.

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipientKeynote speaker:

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the global microfinance movement, is known worldwide for pioneering the concept of microcredit, and for establishing the Grameen Bank to help impoverished people start their own businesses.

Student speakers:

Alberto “Beto” Vasquez, a graduate student studying biology, and Karina Mohajerani, a psychology major, have been selected to address the Class of 2016 as the All Campus Commencement student speakers. Learn more about Alberto and Karina.

Tickets:

Graduates will receive their tickets to the All Campus Commencement and undergraduate or graduate ceremonies when they pick up their cap and gown at the UC San Diego Bookstore. Visit Grad Central to get started and see the All Campus Commencement FAQ below for more details.

All Campus Commencement FAQ

Will I need a ticket for the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

  • Students need a ticket to participate in both the All Campus Commencement ceremony and their college ceremony. The commencement fee will include both tickets. Bring the All Campus Commencement Ceremony portion of your ticket with you on Saturday morning.
  • Guests do not need tickets to attend either ceremony.

Wait, I changed my mind and want to come to the All Campus Commencement Ceremony but I don’t have a ticket.

Students who selected only their college ceremony and have since changed their mind about participating in the All Campus Ceremony can still join in the celebration. Give your name and PID at the graduate check-in desk at Spanos Track, and you can be a part of this special occasion.

Is the All Campus Commencement ceremony mandatory?

While participation in both the All Campus Commencement ceremony and college commencement ceremonies is voluntary, attendance is encouraged for all graduates to be part of a very special new tradition on campus that will celebrate all graduates as one community.

How am I eligible to participate in the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

  • Undergraduate students must meet the standard commencement participation requirement of having at least 135 units completed by the beginning of spring quarter.
  • Graduate students should check with their program advisors to determine graduation eligibility.

Will I need to wear my cap and gown to the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

Yes, students will process in for the All Campus Commencement ceremony and are required to wear their caps and gowns appropriately at both ceremonies.

What time should I arrive?

Graduates should arrive at the Spanos Track, north of RIMAC Field for procession line up at 8:45 a.m.

Parking for All Campus Commencement Ceremony is at East Campus Lots and requires use of a shuttle. Shuttle service begins at 7 a.m. (visit UC San Diego's Transportation Services website for more information).

Guests should allow a minimum of an hour to park and arrive by shuttle at RIMAC Field for the ceremony. Parking for All Campus Commencement Ceremony is at East Campus Lots and requires use of a shuttle. Shuttle service begins at 7 a.m. (<visit UC San Diego's Transportation Services website for more information).

Can I bring….?

In order to make for the best experience for all of our graduates and guests, the following items are not allowed at all campus commencement ceremonies:

  • Air horns
  • Balloons (please place balloons under your seat or tied to a fence away from the seating area)
  • Pets (service animals excluded)
  • Umbrellas (during the ceremony)

What services will I find at All Campus Commencement Ceremony?

In our hospitality village you will find:

  • Assorted dining options with water and other beverages available for purchase, along with shaded seating for a light breakfast, lunch or a light snack before, during or after the ceremony
  • Grad Day Flowers
  • UCSD Alumni
  • UCSD Bookstore
  • American Sign Language interpretation of the program
  • Portable restrooms at the back of the seating area

Is there shade available?

There is extremely limited shade seating for guests available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that umbrellas are not allowed during the ceremony. 

Undergraduate ceremonies: June 11 and 12

The six undergraduate colleges will host personalized graduation ceremonies for their students, where graduates will be recognized by name as they walk across the stage.

All undergraduate ceremonies are held at RIMAC Field. For ticket information and event details, visit the links below or contact your college.

Tune into this page for live streams of the ceremonies on June 11 and 12.

Graduate Division and professional school ceremonies: May and June

The Graduate Division and professional schools will host personalized graduation ceremonies for their students, where graduates will be recognized by name as they walk across the stage.

For ticket information and event details, visit the links below or contact your school.

Outstanding Senior & Grad Student Awards

In its ninth year, the Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Award are presented to a graduating undergraduate student and graduating graduate or professional student who have earned recognition in the UC San Diego community for their outstanding academic and leadership performance and for enhancing the student experience at UC San Diego.

While strong academic performance is important, the primary purpose of the award is to recognize students for their service to the university and contributions to student life as a student leader. Students are eligible to be nominated for both awards.

Students were nominated by other students, faculty, staff, and alumni; the Outstanding Senior and Grad Student should be announced soon.

For grads: Caps, gowns, diplomas & more

  • Graduation Central: Order caps, gowns, rings, Triton Grad Packs, announcements, gifts, and much more from the UCSD Bookstore (and pick up your cap and gown at the bookstore through June 12). Learn how to wear that cap and gown, too!
  • Senior Class Gift: Your contribution leaves a legacy of pride, scholarship, and philanthropy here at UC San Diego.
  • About Degrees and Diplomas

For guests: Parking, hotels & more

More graduation celebrations

Stay tuned: Additional events and details will be added through spring quarter.

Undergrads, be sure to check your college's newsletter and commencement page to find events for your graduating class.

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