Students

Congratulations Class of 2018! Commencement is fast approaching. Please take a moment to review the information below to ensure you have everything you need to graduate with your classmates.

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Registration and Ticketing

All Campus Commencement (June 16, 2018) and Undergraduate Commencements (June 16–17, 2018)

Registration for All Campus Commencement and the undergraduate commencements are open to graduating UC San Diego students from Wednesday, March 14, through Wednesday, May 23, 2018. A nonrefundable registration fee of $54 (total) will be charged to your student account when you register for All Campus Commencement and/or your undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Tickets

Tickets are required for graduates to participate in All Campus Commencement and the undergraduate commencement ceremonies. All tickets ordered by Wednesday, May 23, will be available for printing on the registration website from Thursday, May 24, through Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Students must print their own ticket and bring it with them to All Campus Commencement and their undergraduate ceremonies. The ticket can be reprinted in the event that it becomes lost or damaged. Note: The first scan of the ticket at each ceremony will be the only use, other attempted entries will be denied.

Guest tickets are not required for All Campus Commencement or the undergraduate ceremonies. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Exceptions

If you choose to participate in the undergraduate ceremonies, you must attend your home college’s ceremony, unless you have a pre-approved exception. 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 based on availability. This is called an “exception request.”

Email your written exception request to commencement@ucsd.edu by midnight on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Include the supporting documentation described below.

You will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision. Supporting documents will be kept confidential and will be securely disposed of after a decision is made.

  • You have worked or lived in a college environment other than your home college for two years.
    Provide documentation on campus 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 campus 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.
    Note: If you receive an exception, you’ll be assigned to another college ceremony by the reviewing committee. Your request for a specific ceremony is not guaranteed.
  • Religious law prevents you from attending your home college’s commencement ceremony.
    Provide documentation on official organizational letterhead supporting the exception request.

Graduate Division Commencements (June 16, 2018)

Tickets

Registration for the Graduate Division commencements are open to graduating UC San Diego students from Wednesday, March 14, through Wednesday, May 23, 2018. A physical ticket is not required to attend the Graduate Division ceremonies.

Guest tickets are not required for the Graduate Division ceremonies. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Professional School Commencements (May & June 2018)

Tickets

Contact your division or school for information about participating in your ceremony.

Guest tickets are not required for the professional school ceremonies. Family and friends are welcome to attend.


Ordering Regalia and More

Order your cap, gown, announcements, diploma frame, and more from the UC San Diego Bookstore. You can also visit Grad Fair at the bookstore on May 15–17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for your commencement-related items.

Leis and bouquets will be sold at commencement. However, you are encouraged to preorder for pickup before the ceremony so that you can wear your leis onstage and in pictures. Order directly from Graduation Day Flowers.

Students at commencement in regalia

All Campus Commencement Day-of Instructions

For detailed information regarding other commencements and ceremonies, please refer to the website of your college, the Graduate Division, or your professional school.

Procession of Graduates begins at 8:30 a.m. Graduates must be on Spanos Track at 8:15 a.m. or they will not be permitted to process.

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

Make sure to review Commencement 2018 transportation and security details, as special accommodations for the event may impact your standard experience on campus.


Share Your Commencement Photos!

Students celebrating at commencement

Celebrate this incredible accomplishment with your fellow graduates by posting photos of your favorite moments from Commencement 2018 with #UCSD2018 and #TritonGrad. Images will be streamed on campus during the event and shared on campus social media channels!

Volunteer Opportunities

For anyone interested in volunteering at the event, please complete this form. If you prefer to sign up by phone, please call Adam McKinney at (858) 534-5336.