Virtual Commencement 2020: To ensure the safety of our community, ceremonies for the undergraduate colleges and graduate and professional schools will be virtual. These virtual ceremonies do not replace our traditional in-person commencement ceremonies, which will be held at later, yet-to-be-determined dates. Students must register to participate in the virtual commencement. See below for additional details.


Graduates: while Commencement 2020 will not be in person this June, your tremendous accomplishment must be celebrated—now, virtually, and again, in person, when it is safe to gather. To this end, campus leaders have partnered with faculty, staff, and students to create virtual ceremonies on June 13, 2020. These ceremonies do not seek to replace the traditional in-person commencement. Rather, they will acknowledge the strength and resilience of the Class of 2020, highlight student voices, and honor you at this most memorable milestone.

Virtual Commencement 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
9:00 a.m. PT

The virtual ceremony will include a commencement address from Emmy award-winning television journalist and CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker as well as the recognition of individual graduates, the conferral of degrees by Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, and the traditional tassel turn.

Virtual Commencement Student Registration

Note: All students must register to have your name recognized in the program—even if you had previously registered for your undergraduate college, graduate, and professional school ceremonies. If you do not register by May 26, 2020 by 11:59 p.m., your name will not be included in the programming and your mortarboard and tassel may arrive after the June 13 event. There is no fee to participate in Virtual Commencement 2020. Fees paid by students who previously registered for commencement will be automatically refunded.

About the Keynote Speaker

60 Minutes Correspondent Bill Whitaker to Address Class of 2020

Emmy Award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker has been on the front lines of the major news stories of our time. He recently uncovered how Russian operatives hacked the 2016 election, was a moderator during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate in South Carolina, and has done extensive reporting on the US opioid epidemic. Whitaker has covered three presidential campaigns; interviewed compelling national figures, including former First Lady Michelle Obama; and served as a foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East.

A journalist with a thirty-year career at CBS News who has traveled the globe, Whitaker will share insights with thousands of University of California San Diego graduates as the keynote speaker for the Virtual Commencement on June 13, 2020.

Virtual Commencement 2020 Schedule of Ceremonies

Event times are subject to change. check each group’s commencement web page for the latest information.

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020

10:00 a.m. PT School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony


9:00 a.m. PT Virtual Commencement
3:00 p.m. PT Jacobs School of Engineering Ring Ceremony