UC San Diego All Campus Commencement, Keynote address by Rep. John Lewis, Saturday, June 16, 2018
“Rep. John Lewis has dedicated his life to making our world a better place for everyone by protecting human rights and securing civil liberties. He stands up for what he believes in and he is not afraid to take risks. These are ideals we aim to convey to our graduates as they commence their careers and lives beyond the classroom.”
—Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla

We invite all graduates, families, and friends to fully experience the pomp and circumstance, joy, and pride that mark one of the most memorable times in a student’s life.

All Campus Commencement

Saturday, June 16, 2018

All Campus Commencement

Procession of Graduates: 8:30 a.m.
Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.
Location: RIMAC Field

Keynote address by Rep. John Lewis

Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will officially confer degrees by academic division upon graduates gathered as one student body.

About the Keynote Speaker

On March 7, 2015, President Obama and his family joined Rep. John Lewis, former president George W. Bush, and former first lady Laura Bush during a walk across Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march from Selma to Montgomery. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Rep. John Lewis is often called “one of the most courageous persons the civil rights movement ever produced.”

Born the son of sharecroppers, Lewis attended segregated public schools in Alabama. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery bus boycott and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At the age of twenty-five, Lewis helped spearhead one of the most seminal moments of the civil rights movement, leading with Hosea Williams, another notable civil rights leader, more than 600 peaceful, orderly protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. They intended to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in the state. The marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as Bloody Sunday. News broadcasts and photographs revealing the senseless cruelty of the segregated South helped hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Serving as US representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since November 1986, Lewis is senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic Party in leadership in the House of Representatives, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, a member of its subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, and is a ranking member of its subcommittee on Oversight. He holds a bachelor of arts in religion and philosophy from Fisk University, and he is a graduate of the American Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Nashville, Tennessee. Lewis is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Undergraduate, Graduate Division and Professional School Commencements

May–June, 2018

Undergraduate, Graduate Division, and Professional School Commencements

Times and locations vary

Graduates will be recognized by name as they walk across the stage at ceremonies hosted by the six undergraduate colleges, the Graduate Division, or the professional schools.

Graduation Resources

Commencement for undergraduates at the six colleges are on Saturday or Sunday, June 16–17, 2018. All undergraduate commencements are held at RIMAC Field.

Visit your college’s website for details:

Leave Your Legacy with a Senior Class Gift

Join the 2018 graduating class and give $20.18 to fund scholarships to ensure that future generations of students can pursue their dreams at UC San Diego. Or if you prefer, support another campus initiative that sparks your passion.

Learn more about student philanthropy.

Graduate Division and professional school commencements: May & June 2018

Commencements during the weekend of June 16–17, 2018:

Professional school commencements and events:

Contact your school for more information.

Commencement 2018 Schedule and Events

Saturday, June 16, 2018

9:00 a.m. All Campus Commencement (RIMAC Field)
12:30 p.m. Graduate Division, master’s degrees (RIMAC Arena)
1:00 p.m. Earl Warren College Commencement (RIMAC Field)
4:00 p.m. Graduate Division, doctoral degrees (RIMAC Arena)
4:30 p.m. John Muir College Commencement (RIMAC Field)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

8:00 a.m. Eleanor Roosevelt College Commencement (RIMAC Field)
9:00 a.m. Rady School of Management Commencement (RIMAC Arena)
11:30 a.m. Revelle College Commencement (RIMAC Field)
1:30 p.m. School of Global Policy and Strategy Commencement (RIMAC Arena)
3:00 p.m. Thurgood Marshall College Commencement (RIMAC Field)
6:30 p.m. Sixth College Commencement (RIMAC Field)


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