Congratulations, Class of 2019! You did it. With tenacity and open minds, you earned your degree from UC San Diego. And, in the process, you have learned so much more—the power of collaboration, the thrill of discovery, and the impact of public service. Strengths the world needs to create positive change.
A testament to these strengths, keynote speaker, Madeleine K. Albright, shattered the glass ceiling to become the first woman to serve as secretary of state and an icon of American diplomacy. We invite you to join Albright, classmates from across the campus, esteemed faculty, and friends and family at All Campus Commencement to fully experience the pomp and circumstance, joy, and pride that marks one of the most memorable milestones in a student’s life.
Procession of Graduates: 8:15 a.m.
Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.
Location: RIMAC Field
Keynote address by Madeleine K. Albright
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will officially confer degrees by academic division upon graduates gathered as one student body.
When Madeleine K. Albright was named the sixty-fourth secretary of state in 1997, she became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the US government. Appointed by former president Bill Clinton and serving until 2001, she reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad.
An author, businessperson, and professor, Albright just concluded a ten-city tour across the United States to promote her latest book, Fascism: A Warning, which debuted in April 2018 at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the author of five other New York Times bestselling books.
From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the US permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the president’s cabinet. She is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She also chairs the National Democratic Institute, serves as the president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the US Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board.
In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy. Albright immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia at age eleven, and is the granddaughter of Holocaust victims.
Graduates will be recognized by name as they walk across the stage at ceremonies hosted by the six undergraduate colleges, the Graduate Division, or the professional schools. Livestream of All Campus Commencement and the June 15–16 undergraduate, Graduate Division, and professional school commencement ceremonies held at RIMAC Field or RIMAC Arena will be broadcast on this page, beginning June 15 at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
|10:00 a.m.–noon||Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Commencement (Price Center West Ballroom)|
Sunday, June 2, 2019
|10:00 a.m.–noon||School of Medicine Commencement (Medical Education and Telemedicine Building Commencement Lawn)|
Saturday, June 15, 2019
|9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.||All Campus Commencement (RIMAC Field)|
|12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.||Graduate Division, Master’s Commencement (RIMAC Arena)|
|1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.||Earl Warren College Commencement (RIMAC Field)|
|4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.||Graduate Division, Doctoral and Master of Fine Arts Commencement (RIMAC Arena)|
|5:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m.||John Muir College Commencement (RIMAC Field)|
Sunday, June 16, 2019
|8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.||Sixth College Commencement (RIMAC Field)|
|9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.||Rady School of Management Commencement (RIMAC Arena)|
|11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.||Revelle College Commencement (RIMAC Field)|
|1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.||School of Global Policy and Strategy Commencement (RIMAC Arena)|
|3:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.||Thurgood Marshall College Commencement (RIMAC Field)|
|6:30 p.m.–8:15 p.m.||Eleanor Roosevelt College Commencement (RIMAC Field)|