Students

Congratulations, Class of 2020! Commencement will be here before you know it. Please take a moment to review the information below to ensure you have everything you need to graduate with your classmates.

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All Campus Commencement Student Keynote Speaker Recruitment

As the All Campus Student Keynote Speaker, one extraordinary student will have an opportunity to share personal reflections at All Campus Commencement about their time at UC San Diego and inspire fellow graduates as they embark on their next chapter. The Student Keynote Speaker will join Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and campus leadership, as part of the official Platform Party, in recognizing the Class of 2020 at this campuswide celebration.

Applications for the All Campus Student Keynote Speaker will close Sunday, April 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

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All Campus Commencement National Anthem Performance Recruitment

UC San Diego will recruit an individual or group of graduating students to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2020 All Campus Commencement ceremony. All undergraduate or graduate students (individuals or groups) who will graduate in June 2020 or who graduated in fall 2019 and are in good standing are eligible. Select applicants will be invited to audition.

The application will be open Monday, April 20, 2020 through Sunday, May 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The link to the application will be available on this page.


Registration

All Campus Commencement (June 13, 2020) and Undergraduate College Commencements (June 13–14, 2020)

Registration for All Campus Commencement and the undergraduate college commencements are open to graduating UC San Diego students from Wednesday, March 4, 2020, through Wednesday, May 20, 2020. A fee will be charged to your student account within 24 hours of registering for your undergraduate college commencement ceremony and/or All Campus Commencement.

For additional details regarding the undergraduate college commencements, visit your specific college website.

Tickets

Tickets are required for graduates to participate in All Campus Commencement and the undergraduate college commencement ceremonies. All tickets ordered by Wednesday, May 20, 2020, will be available for printing on the registration website from Thursday, May 21, 2020, through Sunday, June 14, 2020.

Students must print their own ticket and bring it with them to All Campus Commencement, as well as to their undergraduate college commencement ceremonies. The ticket can be reprinted in the event that it becomes lost or damaged. Note: The first scan of the ticket at each ceremony will be the only use, other attempted entries will be denied.

Guest tickets are not required for All Campus Commencement or the undergraduate ceremonies. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Exceptions

If you choose to participate in an undergraduate college ceremony, you must attend your home college’s ceremony unless you have a preapproved exception. Check the list below for possible exceptions.

If one of the circumstances below applies and you are unable to attend your college ceremony, you may request to participate in another college’s ceremony based on availability. This is called an “exception request.”

Email your written exception request to commencement@ucsd.edu by midnight on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Include the supporting documentation described below.

You will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision. Supporting documents will be kept confidential and will be securely disposed of after a decision is made.

  • You have worked or lived in a college neighborhood other than your home college for two years.
    Provide documentation on campus letterhead from the Residential Life Office or college supervisor confirming the two-year period. Living at The Village is not applicable to this exception request.
  • You have served as a resident advisor, orientation leader, or intern at a college other than your home college.
    Provide documentation on campus letterhead from the Dean of Student Affairs stating the college position you held.
  • An immediate family member is graduating from an elementary, middle, or high school, or a college or university at a time that conflicts with your home college’s ceremony.
    Provide documentation on official letterhead from the school’s principal or dean stating the date and time of the conflicting school’s graduation.
  • Religious law prevents you from attending your home college’s commencement ceremony.
    Provide documentation on official organizational letterhead supporting the exception request.
    Note: If you receive an exception, you’ll be assigned to another college ceremony by the reviewing committee. Your request for a specific ceremony is not guaranteed.

Graduate Division Commencements: June 13, 2020

Registration

Registration for the Graduate Division commencements are open to graduating UC San Diego students from Wednesday, March 4, 2020, through Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

A physical ticket is not required to attend the Graduate Division ceremonies.

Guest tickets are not required for the Graduate Division ceremonies. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Professional School Commencements: May and June 2020

Contact your division or school for information about participating in your ceremony.

Guest tickets are not required for the professional school ceremonies. Family and friends are welcome to attend.


Ordering Regalia

Regalia—specifically official UC San Diego cap, gown, and tassel—is required at all Commencement ceremonies. You can order your cap, gown, and tassel through the UC San Diego Bookstore, along with announcements, diploma frames, and more. Commencement-related items can also be purchased during Grad Fair on May 12–14, 2020, in Town Square from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

Students at commencement in regalia

For detailed information regarding other commencements and ceremonies, please refer to the website of your undergraduate college, the Graduate Division, or your professional school.

Procession of Graduates begins at 8:15 a.m. Graduates must be on Triton Track at 8:00 a.m. or they will not be permitted to process.

All graduates must wear appropriate commencement regalia, including a cap, gown, and tassel.

Make sure to review Commencement 2020 transportation and security details, as special accommodations for the event may impact your standard experience on campus.


Share Your Commencement Photos!

Students celebrating at commencement

Celebrate this incredible accomplishment with your fellow graduates by posting photos of your favorite moments from Commencement 2020 with #UCSD2020 and #TritonGrad. Images will be streamed on campus during the event and shared on campus social media channels!

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.