We look forward to welcoming you at UC San Diego! Below you will find some information to help make your visit to campus easier and more enjoyable, including what to expect on the day of, local accommodations, and dining and entertainment.

Tickets and Seating

Guest tickets are not required for All Campus Commencement nor the undergraduate college, Graduate Division, or professional school ceremonies.

There is no reserved seating. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grad cap with message on it

As you prepare for your visit to UC San Diego’s Commencement 2020, there are a few things you should consider. First, traffic around campus will be extremely heavy, so please plan to arrive between one to two hours prior to the ceremony’s scheduled start time. This will allow time for parking and walking to the RIMAC Field or RIMAC Arena venue. There is no reserved seating. Seating is first-come, first-served. Gates will open by 6:30 a.m. Keep in mind, traffic will be heavy leaving campus after the ceremonies as well. Please allow for one to two hours to depart.

June in San Diego is traditionally warm, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s during the day. However, mornings can be chilly and damp. Check the forecast before you head out and plan to dress in layers or wear a light jacket or wrap that can be removed as the temperature rises. We also recommend wearing sunscreen and/or a hat; there is minimal shade at the venue. Umbrellas, like balloons, are not permitted as they can block the view of other attendees. Please review the security information for other prohibited items.

Complimentary drinking water will be provided to those who bring a reusable bottle. A limited quantity of reusable bottles will also be available for purchase from the UC San Diego Bookstore booth located on RIMAC Field. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the commencement hospitality village located on RIMAC Field.

For guests who are unable to join in person, a livestream of All Campus Commencement and the undergraduate college, Graduate Division, and professional school commencement ceremonies will be broadcast on this website beginning on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at 8:00 a.m.

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

Grad posing with family at commencement

The following local hotels offer special UC San Diego rates. Discounted rates are based on hotel availability and are subject to change. To make reservations, follow the instructions below. It is recommended that guests book early to secure their accommodations.

Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

To make reservations at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel, call (858) 453-5500. Ask for reservations and mention you’re visiting the University of California to receive the discounted rate.

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego La Jolla

To make reservations at the Embassy Suites Hotel, book online. Enter the UC San Diego corporate account code #560009286, and the special rates should appear.

UC San Diego travelers receive 15 percent off the best available rate Sunday through Wednesday, and 20 percent off the best available rate Thursday through Saturday. This rate includes high-speed internet access, daily made-to-order breakfast, shuttle service to and from the UC San Diego campus, and a complimentary reception each evening with drinks and light snacks.

Discounted Hotel Rates at Bartell Hotels

Bartell Hotels and UC San Diego Health have formed a partnership with the primary goal of raising funds to assist the nonprofit Bannister Family House in providing affordable lodging and supportive services for out-of-town families of patients. 

As a preferred partner, Bartell Hotels is offering 15 percent off the best available rate at the time of reservation, by phone or online, at all eight Bartell Hotels. The 15 percent discount is available for all patients and their families. In addition, professors, students, parents, alumni, family, friends, and employees associated with UC San Diego can also receive this discount. Bartell Hotels donates 10 percent of the total room cost back to the Bannister Family House.

Visit UC San Diego Health for more information on discounted hotel rates at Bartell Hotels.

Other Recommended Hotels

To inquire if you are eligible to receive a special rate, mention that you are with UC San Diego.

While you’re in town, check out some of the wonderful dining and entertainment options San Diego has to offer. Here are a few links to help you plan your visit.

The accommodations, dining, and entertainment suggestions have been assembled for your convenience and are not intended to imply UC San Diego’s recommendation or endorsement.

Volunteer Opportunities

For anyone interested in volunteering at the event, please complete the form at the Volunteer 50 website. If you prefer to sign up by phone, please call Adam McKinney at (858) 534-5336.