UC San Diego All Campus Commencement Keynote Address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama June 17, 2017
“A man of peace, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama promotes global responsibility and service to humanity. These are the ideals we aim to convey and instill in our students and graduates at UC San Diego.”
—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.

June 17, 2017

All Campus Commencement

Procession of Graduates: 8 a.m.
Ceremony: 9–10:30 a.m.
Location: RIMAC Field

Keynote address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The Value of Education, Ethics and Compassion for the Well-Being of Self and Others
In addition to being the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness has dedicated his life to offering contemplative dialogues on the subject matters of science and Buddhism, education and secular ethics, compassion and universal responsibility, as well as ethics in the fields of environmental sustainability, global warming and leadership.

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

Registration for All Campus Commencement is now closed.

All Campus Commencement

About the Keynote Speaker

In 1989, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He also became the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. His Holiness has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning six continents, receiving over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes and other recognition of his message of peace, nonviolence, interreligious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. He has also authored more than 80 books.

Undergraduate, Graduate Division and Professional School Commencements

May–June 18, 2017

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 professional schools.

Student Commencement Registration Faculty Commencement Registration

Commencement for undergraduates at the six colleges are on Saturday or Sunday, June 17–18, 2017. All undergraduate commencements are held at RIMAC Field.

Visit your college’s website for details:

Last updated February 6, 2017 10:03:33 AM PST

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, 2017, 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.

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Commencements during the weekend of June 17–18, 2017:

Professional school commencements and events:

Check back for details (including more specific dates and times) in early 2017, or contact your school for more information.

Everything you need for graduation!

Order your cap, gown, announcements, diploma frame and more from the UC San Diego Bookstore.

Graduation Day Flowers

Leis and bouquets will be sold at commencement. Students and guests are encouraged to preorder for pickup before the ceremony so they can wear their leis onstage and in pictures. Order directly from Graduation Day Flowers.

Commencement 2017 Schedule and Events

Saturday, June 10, 2017

4 p.m. Rainbow Graduation Ceremony (Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club)

Friday, June 16, 2017

4 p.m. Xicanx/Latinx Graduation Ceremony (Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room)
6 p.m. Black Student Union Graduation Ceremony (Mandeville Auditorium)

Kaibigang Pilipin@ Graduation Ceremony (Price Center East Ballroom)

Native American Student Alliance Graduation Ceremony (Sheraton La Jolla, 3299 Holiday Court)

Raza Graduation Ceremony (Price Center West Ballrooms A & B)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

9 a.m. All Campus Commencement (RIMAC Field)
2:30 p.m. Earl Warren College Commencement (RIMAC Field)
3:30 p.m. Graduate Division Commencement (RIMAC Arena)
6 p.m. John Muir College Commencement (RIMAC Field)
8 p.m. Jacobs School of Engineering Ring Ceremony (Warren Mall)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

Student Commencement Registration

All Campus Commencement: An All Campus Commencement ticket is required for all graduating students and guests. Registration is now closed.

Undergraduate commencements: Please go to the UC San Diego Bookstore in person to register for your college’s ceremony. Online registration is now closed.

Graduate Division and professional school commencements: Contact your unit for information about participating in your ceremony. Tickets are not required for guests attending Graduate Division or professional school ceremonies.

Faculty Commencement Registration

Ceremonies: To participate in ceremonies for the undergraduate colleges, Graduate Division, Rady School of Management and School of Global Policy and Strategy, please contact those units directly. Online registration is now closed.

Regalia pickup: All regalia ordered by May 11 will be distributed at RIMAC Arena at the faculty members’ first ceremony of participation (distribution managed by the UC San Diego Bookstore).

All Campus Commencement Information

Event Schedule

Traffic will be extremely heavy around campus. Please plan accordingly.

6 a.m. Gates open at RIMAC Field
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
8 a.m. Procession of Graduates begins
Graduates must be on Spanos Track at 8 a.m. or they will not be permitted to process.

Transportation and Parking


Parking will be extremely limited.

An All Campus Commencement parking pass is required. Most campus parking lots will be reserved for event parking. Campus parking permits will not be honored in those lots.

We strongly recommend carpooling, ride-share and use of public transportation (San Diego Metropolitan Transit System or North County Transit District).


A dedicated ride-share drop-off/pickup will be on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, near the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Approximate walking time to RIMAC Field: 10–20 minutes.

Parking: All Campus Commencement

An All Campus Commencement parking pass for Saturday, June 17, is required to park on campus, at the gliderport or at neighboring businesses.

  • Parking passes will be assigned as part of the online commencement registration process.
  • Parking passes will be distributed at the UC San Diego Bookstore between May 22 and June 2, during ticket and regalia pickup.
  • Most campus parking lots will be reserved for event parking and will require the correct event parking pass for access.

Parking will be preassigned to Torrey Pines Scenic Drive (commonly called the gliderport), elsewhere on campus or at Qualcomm Stadium.

  • Torrey Pines Scenic Drive: The lot is unpaved with uneven terrain. Please plan accordingly. Approximate walking time to RIMAC Field: 15–30 minutes.
  • Qualcomm Stadium: Complimentary buses will be available for a comfortable ride directly to RIMAC Field. Check your parking pass for lot hours and bus schedule.

Parking: Other June 17 Ceremonies

Guests who are attending other June 17 ceremonies only (not attending All Campus Commencement) can park without a parking pass beginning at 1 p.m. Please follow the signs and directions to the best available parking at the time of your arrival.

Parking: June 18 Ceremonies

A parking pass is not needed for the Sunday, June 18 ceremonies. You will be directed to best available parking.


Event attendees who have an officially issued handicap placard or license plate will be allowed to park in Hopkins Parking Structure. Please enter the campus from Campus Point Drive 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 nearby.

Parking: Campus Affiliates

Detailed parking information for campus affiliates can be found here.

Tickets and Seating: All Campus Commencement

All tickets have been reserved.

All graduates must be registered for commencement and hold a valid graduate ticket to participate.

Graduate tickets are not transferrable.

Guest tickets

All guests, REGARDLESS OF AGE, must have a valid guest ticket to attend the All Campus Commencement ceremony due to security requirements.

  • Guest tickets are not transferrable.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Our goal is to seat all ticketed guests, but some late-arrivals might have to stand.
  • There will be no overflow viewing area for people without tickets.

Tickets: College and Graduate Division Ceremonies

Guest tickets are not required for the college, Graduate Division or professional school ceremonies. Family and friends are welcome to attend.


All graduates must wear appropriate commencement regalia, including a cap, gown and tassel.


Security will be very tight.

Please allow extra time to wait in line for security check.

All bags will be thoroughly searched.

All graduates and guests will walk through a metal detector.

Please Note

Sun exposure: There is no shade in the seating area.
Please come prepared with sunscreen and hats. Umbrellas or other items that block the view of other guests will not be permitted.

Water station: Bring an empty reusable water bottle.
Complimentary drinking water will be provided to those who bring a reusable bottle. A limited quantity of bottles will be available for purchase from the UC San Diego Bookstore booth located on RIMAC Field near the water station.

Strollers: We discourage bringing them.
Please leave your stroller in the car. Space will be limited, and there is no stroller check-in. Strollers may not be left in aisles at any time. If you must bring a stroller, we suggest a small, collapsible, “umbrella” stroller that can be folded and placed under the chairs.

Service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome.
No other animals, including therapy animals, emotional support animals, or pets, are allowed.

Smart phones and cameras without a detachable lens are allowed.
Other recording devices, such as professional-style cameras and video recorders, are not allowed.

Flowers and gifts will be available for purchase on RIMAC Field during commencement events.

There are no on-site lockers, storage or holding areas.

Prohibited Items

  • Bags or backpacks larger than 12" x 12" x 20"
  • Portable or folding chairs
  • Balloons or other floating items that might obstruct the view of other guests
  • Banners, signs or placards
  • Cameras with detachable lenses, or other recording devices (smart phones are allowed)
  • Tripods for cameras are not allowed for All Campus Commencement. They are allowed for the college, Graduate Division and professional school ceremonies.
  • Umbrellas or any other long poles or objects
  • Voice-enhancement devices, such as bullhorns
  • Noisemakers, such as air horns, whistles, or drums
  • Fireworks
  • Laser lights and laser pointers
  • Coolers
  • Aerosols, Mace, or pepper spray
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects, scissors or knitting needles
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Weapons
  • Plastic replica of weapons
  • Knives (regardless of size)
  • Explosives


The commencement hospitality village will have food and beverages for purchase.

Complimentary water will be available to those who bring an empty, reusable water bottle.

Volunteer Opportunities

To sign up to volunteer, please complete this form. If you prefer to sign up by phone, please call Adam McKinney at 858-534-5336.


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