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.

Commencement ceremonies are free for guests. A ticket is required for all attendees, including graduates.

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
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.

How to Register
All Campus Commencement

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.

How to Register

How to Register

April 3–May 17

Registration for Commencement: Graduating Students

Registration for commencement will be open to graduating UC San Diego students from Monday, April 3, through Wednesday, May 17. Students can register for All Campus Commencement (June 17) and their undergraduate college ceremony (June 17–18).

Return to this site to register. Sign in with your student PID and password.

All Campus Commencement: Students must register before May 17 to receive a graduating student ticket and a maximum of two guaranteed guest tickets. You may request up to four guest tickets. Additional ticket requests will be filled according to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. An All Campus Commencement ticket is required for all graduating students and guests.

Undergraduate commencements: Undergraduates must register through this site to receive a ticket to participate in their college ceremony. Tickets are not required for guests attending college ceremonies.

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.

Ticket pickup: All tickets ordered by May 17 will be distributed by the UC San Diego Bookstore May 22–June 2.

More Commencement Details

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

  • Your college’s or school’s ceremony information
  • Additional graduation events and celebrations
  • Details on how to order your cap, gown and tickets; where to park; and other logistics

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.

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)

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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Public Address


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


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