Public Address, Embracing the Beauty of Diversity in our World, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, June 16, 2017, UC San Diego
“We are indeed fortunate to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, a world-renowned spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize–winner, at UC San Diego on June 16 for a public event. Hearing His Holiness’s message of compassion and inclusion will be an experience that will last a lifetime.”
—Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla

UC San Diego invites all local community members to the 14th Dalai Lama’s public address. His message of nonviolence, interreligious understanding and inclusiveness reflects our shared concern for global unity in an increasingly polarized world.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. But to the world he is a renowned peace advocate, a beacon of hope for humanity, sharing inspirational messages with international audiences who range from young students to world leaders.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Embracing the Beauty of Diversity in Our World

Location: RIMAC Field, University of California San Diego

Presented by Friends of the Dalai Lama and UC San Diego

Tickets are required for this public address.

The UC San Diego public address featuring His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on Friday, June 16, 2017, will begin with entertainment and festivities on RIMAC Field at 9 a.m. The one-hour public address by His Holiness begins at 10 a.m., followed by a half-hour Q & A session.

Attendees are asked to arrive early as UC San Diego expects an audience of 25,000. Parking and entrances to the campus will be impacted, and all guests entering RIMAC Field are subject to a metal-detector screening.

Ticket Registration

All tickets for the Dalai Lama public address on June 16 are sold out.

Public Address Information

Event Schedule

Traffic is expected to be extremely heavy around campus. Please plan accordingly.

7 a.m. Gates open at RIMAC Field
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
9 a.m. Event starts with entertainment and festivities
10 a.m. The one-hour address by His Holiness begins
11 a.m. Question-and-answer session with the Dalai Lama
11:30 a.m. Event ends

Transportation and Parking

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 will be extremely limited.

Many campus lots will be closed to general traffic and will require a special parking pass for Friday, June 16.

Parking on campus, at the Torrey Pines Gliderport or at neighboring businesses will require an appropriate parking pass.

General public
  • General public parking passes for June 16 will be sold during ticket sales.
  • Parking will be preassigned to Torrey Pines Scenic Drive (commonly called the gliderport) or elsewhere on campus.
  • Torrey Pines Scenic Drive parking is in an unpaved lot with uneven terrain. Please plan accordingly. Approximate walking time to RIMAC Field: 15–30 minutes.
Campus community
  • Campus affiliate ticket holders will not receive a parking pass.
  • UC San Diego permit holders will have access to parking on Warren Field.
  • Detailed parking information for campus affiliates can be found here.


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.


All attendees, regardless of age, must have a valid ticket.

A maximum of four tickets can be ordered.

Tickets that are not obtained directly from the official ticketing site are subject to review and may be denied.

Tickets are transferrable.

The first scan of each ticket will activate the ticket and allow entry; no other copies of the ticket will be valid. Tickets and parking passes will be sent approximately two weeks prior to the event.


Security will be very tight.

Please allow extra time to get into the venue.

All bags will be thoroughly searched.

All guests will walk through a metal detector.


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

Our goal is to seat all attendees, but some later-arriving guests may have to stand.

There will be no overflow viewing area for people without tickets.

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.

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
  • 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.

Information for Media

Credentialed media representatives are invited to UC San Diego to cover the June 16 press conference and public address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and his keynote address at the June 17 All Campus Commencement.

Media Registration

Press credentials are required to cover each UC San Diego event featuring the Dalai Lama. Applications for credentials must be submitted no later than June 9, 2017. To register, please complete this form (a Google account is required) or request the media credential form from Christine Clark, UC San Diego University Communications, at

Media Kit

Download background and photos here.

Downloadable Images

Click on the thumbnails below to access high-resolution versions of these images.

Dalai Lama and Walter Munk Thumbnail His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Thumbnail The Dalai Lama at UC San Diego Thumbnail The Dalai Lama and Suresh Subramani Thumbnail The Dalai Lama with Pradeep K. Khosla Thumbnail Pradeep K. Khosla Thumbnail

Audio and Video Feeds

UC San Diego offers the following opportunities for digital broadcast for the Friday, June 16 public address and the Saturday, June 17 All Campus Commencement.

On Site

  • Line Level Audio Feeds will be available on the three event press risers with XLR press boxes. (Limited power will be available.)
  • In the press area, there will be an HDSDI Video Feed with embedded audio of the main program feed available for recording.


  • We can offer the embed code from the official UC San Diego livestream feed. Please contact Steven Evans.
  • You can provide UC San Diego with an RTMP stream, which we then take and plug into our encoders and send to your preferred streaming location.
  • You can give us a Twitch or Periscope address and we can simulcast to that.

Audio and Video Feed Contact

Steven Q. Evans, Show Imaging Inc.
Office: 760.842.5891
Mobile: 858.344.3351

Media Contact

Christine Clark

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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