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.
Commencement ceremonies are free for guests. A ticket is required for all attendees, including graduates.
9–10:30 a.m., RIMAC Field
Keynote address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
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.
Ticket information to come.
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.
Ticket information to come.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will speak at a second event, open to the public. UC San Diego is the first stop of his 2017 U.S. tour. Details will be released at a later date.
In partnership with The Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation
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.
Mark your calendars: Commencement for undergraduates at the six colleges is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 17–18, 2017. Graduate Division and some professional school commencements take place the same weekend; others occur in May or June.
Ask your college or school for details, or check back here in early 2017 for
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 email@example.com.
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.
*Note: If you receive an exception, you’ll be assigned to another college ceremony by the reviewing committee. You cannot request a specific ceremony.
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.
Check back for updates.
|Saturday, June 17, 2017|
|9 a.m.||All Campus (RIMAC Field)|
|2:30 p.m.||Earl Warren College (RIMAC Field)|
|3:30 p.m.||Graduate Division (RIMAC Arena)|
|6 p.m.||John Muir College (RIMAC Field)|
|Sunday, June 18, 2017|
|8 a.m.||Eleanor Roosevelt College (RIMAC Field)|
|9 a.m.||Rady School of Management (RIMAC Arena)|
|11:30 a.m.||Thurgood Marshall College (RIMAC Field)|
|1:30 p.m.||School of Global Policy and Strategy (RIMAC Arena)|
|3 p.m.||Revelle College (RIMAC Field)|
|6:30 p.m.||Sixth College (RIMAC Field)|
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