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Commencement Program Details



  • Procession with faculty and degree candidates
  • Welcome from the Dean of Graduate Division
  • GSA President Remarks
  • Presentation of California Teaching Credential Recipients
  • Presentation M.Ed., M.Eng., M.A.S., M.A., and M.S. degree candidates
  • Hooding of M.F.A. degree candidates
  • Hooding of Doctoral degree candidates (Ed.D., D. Aud. D.M.A. and Ph.D)
  • Recessional


Degree candidates and credential students will sit in the chairs on the RIMAC Arena floor; Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A. and M.F.A. candidates will sit with their hooding advisers. Guests will sit on each side of the Arena floor.

Academic attire (regalia)

All commencement participants must wear academic attire (cap and gown) to participate in the ceremony.

Regalia rental

The UC San Diego Bookstore is now taking orders for rentals of regalia (cap, gown, hood, and tassel). Please visit the UC San Diego Bookstore website for more information.

Regalia purchase

Information regarding the purchase of regalia (cap, gown, hood, and tassel) can be found on the UC San Diego Bookstore website.

Announcement cards

Announcement cards, extending an invitation to attend commencement, will be available for purchase from the UC San Diego Bookstore or direct from CB Graduation Announcement. To order personalized announcements, thank-you note cards, and assorted packages, contact CB Graduation Announcement at (800) 433-0296.

Hooding of Ph.D.'s, Ed.D.'s, D.M.A.'s, Aud.D., and M.F.A.'s

Ask your dissertation adviser (all Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A., Aud.D. and M.F.A. candidates) to assist in the hooding. Please indicate the name of your dissertation adviser on the commencement participation form. We will extend an invitation to your adviser to attend commencement. If you would like someone other than your dissertation adviser to assist in the hooding or if there are other special circumstances, please indicate this on the commencement participation form. If your dissertation adviser is unable to attend, a departmental representative will assist with your hooding.

Number of guests

There will be ample seating for your guests in the RIMAC arena. Tickets are not required to attend the graduation ceremony. For appropriate program and reception planning, please let us know your estimated number of guests on the commencement participation form.

Guests with Disabilities

Hearing Imparired - American Sign Language interpreters will be on stage during the ceremony.  Specialty seating is available.

Mobility Impaired - Seating for disabled guests is available in the top rows on both sides of the RIMAC Arena.  Seating is first come, first serve and cannot be reserved.  Note: The Campus does not provide wheelchairs.

Commencement day procedures

Graduates must report to the Auxilarry Gym in RIMAC by 2:00PM.  More detailed information will be sent to you approximately one week prior to commencement.


Diplomas will be mailed to you approximately four to six months after the date the degree is filed.


Parking will be free on the day of commencement. Please follow signs from the interstate and follow the parking attendants’ instructions.  Please be aware that severe traffic congestion is anticipated. Once you arrive at UC San Diego, please allow yourself a minimum of 1 hour to secure parking. Please plan your time accordingly.


Parents and families may order leis and flowers through Graduation Day Flowers. Pre-order before the ceremony for discounted pricing!

Information on San Diego

For information on San Diego county, hotels, and other attractions, view the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about graduate commencement, please contact the coordinator.

Erin Dickerson Calhoun