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Guests at UC San Diego Commencement


We look forward to welcoming you to UC San Diego the weekend of June 14-16! Each undergraduate, professional school and graduate commencement ceremony is listed on our homepage. Below you will find some information to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Tickets and Seating

Guest tickets are not required for All Campus Commencement nor the undergraduate college, Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, or professional school ceremonies. While we have not had to turn guests away, please be advised admission is on a space available basis, so please arrive early.

What to Expect at Commencement

As you prepare for your visit to UC San Diego’s Commencement 2024, there are a few things to know. All Campus Commencement is June 15, 2024, while the undergraduate college, professional school, and Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs ceremonies are scheduled for as early as May. Plan in advance for the other dates of your graduate’s ceremonies.

Celebrating Your Graduate

You can order graduate gifts at the UC San Diego Bookstore, along with announcements, diploma frames and more. Pre-order flowers for ceremonies held the weekend of June 14-16 here.

Upon Arrival

There is no reserved seating. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed. Standing room may also be available.

During the Ceremonies

  • Most ceremonies will run about two hours.
  • Be prepared to stay for the duration of the ceremony as a courtesy to fellow graduates and guests.
  • Traffic around campus will be extremely heavy, so please plan to arrive early. This will allow time for parking, making your way to the venue entrance, security screening, and finding seating. Gates will open at least two hours prior to All Campus Commencement, one hour prior to each college ceremony, and 30 minutes prior to each Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, Rady School of Management, or School of Global Policy and Strategy ceremony. Keep in mind, traffic will be heavy leaving campus after the ceremonies as well. Please plan for additional time to depart.
  • Outside beverages will be prohibited.
  • Complimentary water will be available. Please bring your own empty reusable water bottle. Make sure to review Commencement 2024 transportation and security for additional details and a list of prohibited items. 
  • For guests who are unable to join in-person ceremonies occurring on June 14-16, a livestream of the undergraduate college, Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, and professional school commencement ceremonies will be broadcast on this website at the scheduled date and time of your graduate’s ceremony.

Local Accommodations

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 (800) 325-3535. Ask for reservations and mention you’re visiting the University of California to receive the discounted rate, generally 15 percent off the best available rate.

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego La Jolla

To make reservations at the Embassy Suites Hotelbook online. Enter the UC San Diego corporate account code #0560009286, 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.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Hotel La Jolla (15 percent off the best available rate)

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

Dining and Entertainment

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

Senior Class Gift

As a Class of 2024 graduate, we encourage you to make a gift of $20.24 to commemorate your graduation year. Your gift will pay it forward for future generations of Triton students and alumni.

Contribute $20.24

Volunteer Opportunities

For anyone interested in volunteering at All Campus Commencement, please complete this form.

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