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CommencementCommencement 2021: FAQs and Tips

Students, parents, families, and friends! This page is for you! This web page is provided to give you an idea of how to prepare, what to expect, and how you can make the most of your and your graduate's special day.

All Campus and Revelle College Ceremonies

All Campus Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 13, 9:00-11:00am, RIMAC Field. No guest tickets needed.
The All Campus Commencement will feature Emmy-Award winning “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker.

Revelle College Ceremony

  • Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 11:30a - 1:15pm, RIMAC Field. No guest tickets needed.
    • Student will walk across the stage and have their names read; students names will be projected on two large screens as they walk.
    • Provost Paul Yu will welcome you, and you will hear from a guest speaker, a student speaker, and there will be awards presented to Outstanding Teachers of the Year and the Alumni Student of the Year. 
    • Students who have won awards will have their names and awards read from the stage by faculty members.

Attendance is voluntary at each ceremony, and students, parents, and families are encouraged to attend.

UC San Diego Commencement Ceremonies: Accommodation for Special Needs

  • Disabled parking will be available near RIMAC Field and a shuttle service to the ceremony location will be available; parking location and details will be updated on in early May.
  • The University does not provide wheelchairs for guests. For guests in wheelchairs, the end chair of each row may be removed for seating accommodations. A security or production person can assist with this request.
  • There will be limited shaded seating available on a “first-come” basis.
  • American Sign Language interpreters will be on stage during the ceremony. There are seats in the front row of the guest seating section dedicated to deaf or hard of hearing guests who require interpreting services. 
  • Service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome. No other animals are allowed, including emotional support animals. 
  • Reserved seating is not available for guests needing special assistance.
  • Livestream with closed captioning for each ceremony will be broadcast at All Campus and all College, Graduate Division, and Professional School commencement ceremonies held at RIMAC Field or RIMAC Arena, beginning Saturday, June 13 at 8:00am.

Commencement Dates

March 4 – Registration opens.

March 4-13 – Commencement announcements (Campus Notice, Social, TritonLink, Blink, Price Center Marquee, ThisWeek@UCSanDiego).

May 1 – Deadline to request name in commencement booklet.

May 12-14 – Grad Fair (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

May 13 – Last day to submit exception requests (to participate in another college’s ceremony or unit exception).

May 20 – Last day for registration and changes to registration (modifications).

May 21 – Ticket printing opens (email communication will be sent to students from

June 5 – Late exceptions for ACC will no longer be considered.

June 13 – All Campus Commencement.

June 13-14 – Commencent Weekend at UC San Diego


  • Parking permits are not needed as campus parking will be complimentary on June 13-14.
  • Follow all event signage and directions of traffic management staff for access to the best available parking or drop-off locations. 
  • Carpooling, ride-sharing, or using public transportation is recommended.
  • Parking will be extremely limited.
  • Additional information about specific lot and road

Flowers, leis, and gifts

Leis and bouquets will be sold at commencement ceremonies. However, preorders for pickup before the ceremony are encouraged so participating students can wear leis onstage and in pictures. Order directly from The Commencement Group.

The UC San Diego Bookstore will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday, located to the East in the Price Center complex. There will also be a UC San Diego Bookstore booth located on the RIMAC Field in the Northern area of RIMAC Field.

Professional Photos

Yes, Grad Images will be taking photos of all participating students in line prior to their name read, as they cross the stage, and as they walk down the stairs from the stage. About a week after the ceremony, students will receive an email to the address provided during the commencement registration process, with a link to access photo proofs. Orders should be placed within two to three weeks upon receipt of the proof to ensure expedited shipping. For additional information, visit:

Restrooms and other important details

  • Portable toilets, hand washing stations, and infant changing tables are available on RIMAC Field. Additional restrooms will be in the Economics Building, Sequoyah Hall, Division of Social Sciences building, and RIMAC Annex.
  • There is a concession area known as Vendor Village located in the Northern corner of RIMAC Field; there are also many food/restaurant options in the RIMAC Annex and in the food court or Sunshine Market at the Price Center complex. Complimentary water will be available to those who bring an empty, reusable water bottle.
  • Emergency Medical Technicians will be located on RIMAC Field in the red and white tent.
  • Lost & found items can be given to any security officer or taken to the Information Booth. Items will be turned over to Campus Police on Monday, June 15. Lost & Found phone number: (858) 534-4361

Graduation or Commencement - What's the Difference?

Graduation is the completion of all graduation requirements and official posting of a student's degree to their academic record. Read more about Graduation.

Students must file a Degree Diploma Application (DDA) in order to graduate.

Commencement is the annual ceremony in which any student with 135 or more units by the end of Winter Quarter may choose to participate. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute official graduation from the University.