Frequent Questions

The commencement ceremony is different this year, but we still expect to fully celebrate the Class of 2020. Below you will find some additional information about what to expect.

FAQS

We understand you may have questions about the virtual commencement format. To help address any confusion, we’ve identified frequently asked questions below. Take a look and if you don’t see your question, email commencement@ucsd.edu for additional support.

Regalia

No. Since campus will be providing each graduate with a complimentary cap and commemorative tassel upon registration for the virtual ceremony, the UC San Diego Bookstore will automatically cancel and refund all pre-orders for Grad Pack bundles to the original method of payment. If you would like to place a new order for regalia, please click here.

You do not need to do anything. The Bookstore will automatically cancel and refund all pre-orders for Grad Pack bundles to the original method of payment.

Celebrating Your Graduate

Graduation gifts are available through the UC San Diego Bookstore. Please click here to purchase graduation gifts.

Commencement is a very exciting time for families and friends, as well as the graduate. There are lots of ways you can celebrate your graduates.

  • Starting June 1, 2020, all UC San Diego graduates will be invited to create a profile page through this site, where they can add a graduation photo, descriptions of their awards and accomplishments, and messages to friends, family, and other graduates. Friends and families will also be invited to share messages of support with their graduates through this platform.
  • On June 13, graudates and guests will be able to watch the virtual ceremony specific to their undergraduate college, graduate, or professional school. The programming will be available on commencement.ucsd.edu. Participation is free for all graduates and guests. 

Event Experience

Virtual Commencement 2020 consists of nine pre-recorded broadcasts, specific to each undergraduate college, Graduate Division, or professional school ceremony. The ceremonies will air at 9:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Recorded versions of the broadcasts will be available on commencement.ucsd.edu by 10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Each ceremony will feature the official conferral of degrees from Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla as well as a special national anthem mash-up performed by members of the class of 2020 and messages of congratulations and support from campus leadership, students, and guests—including keynote speaker and celebrated CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker.

The virtual yearbook is a special place where graduates can create a custom profile page, including a photo, a list of their accomplishments, and a welcome message. The virtual commencement ceremonies can be streamed directly on the graduate's profile page so graduates and guests can watch the ceremony while also sharing messages of support and congratulations using the chat feature. The graduate yearbook page can be downloaded and saved as a memento. 

Recorded versions of the broadcasted commencement ceremonies will be available on this site shortly following the event.

The traditional in-person commencement ceremonies will be held at later, yet-to-be-determined dates.

Each of the nine ceremonies will be available with English, Spanish, and Mandarin captions through the virtual yearbook. Log in or find your graduate's page to select your preferred language.