Commencement 2018

GPS Commencement

Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: RIMAC Arena, UC San Diego
Open to: Invited Guests, Students, Alumni (No ticket required)

All Campus Commencement (Optional)

Keynote address by Rep. John Lewis.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: RIMAC Field, UC San Diego
Open to: Invited Guests, Students, Alumni (Ticket required)
For information: commencement.ucsd.edu

Please visit this website again for updated information on the GPS commencement. If you have specific questions that are not addressed on this page, please email Jerry Pang.

All Campus Commencement

Attendance is optional.

Keynote address by Rep. John Lewis.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: RIMAC Field, UC San Diego
Open to: Invited Guests, Students, Alumni

During this 90-minute campuswide celebration, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will officially confer degrees by academic division upon graduates gathered as one student body on RIMAC Field. 

Learn more at commencement.ucsd.edu.

GPS Commencement Speaker

Commencement Speaker: Robert D. "Bob" Hormats

Robert D. "Bob" HormatsRobert Hormats is vice chairman at Kissinger Associates Inc. in New York. At Kissinger Associates, he analyses emerging market geopolitical and macroeconomic risk for his clients.

Previously, Hormats served as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Environmental Affairs from September 2009 to July 2013. Prior to this, he was vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International) for 25 years.

Hormats earned a Ph.D. in international economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an M.A. and B.A. from Tufts University. He has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. His publications include “The Price of Liberty: Paying for America’s Wars from the Revolution to the War on Terror” and “Abraham Lincoln and the Global Economy.”

Student Information

Mandatory Graduation Workshop
During the workshops graduates will be given an overview of the commencement ceremony, a review of the graduation checklist, register with Alumni Relations and complete graduation paperwork. Failure to attend and correctly process paperwork may result in delayed conferral of a degree.

Date: April 3, 2018
Time: 3:30-4:50 p.m.
Location: Classroom 3201

Ordering Regalia Instructions
Graduates must order their regalia online via the UC San Diego Bookstore Graduation Central portal by May. Graduates must pick up their regalia at the bookstore by June. Failure to order and pick up your regalia will disqualify you from walking in the commencement ceremony.

Students are required to wear appropriate attire to participate in commencement 
In addition to the required graduation regalia, graduates are encouraged to wear lightweight, professional dress under their robes. Graduates may wear leis and cultural apparel. Dean’s Fellows also wear honor cords, which are provided prior to the ceremony by Student Affairs. After the ceremony, graduates will keep their hood, cap and tassel, but must return the gown to the designated spot. Dean's Fellows also keep their honor cords.


Foreign Guests
Please contact Student Affairs if you need a letter regarding the visit of guests from outside of the U.S. To prepare the letter, Student Affairs will need the legal names of your guests, their relation to you, their permanent address, city and country of residence, and their expected arrival and departure dates. Please inform us if you need a printed version of the letter.

Commencement Photos
Guests are asked to refrain from approaching the stage during the commencement ceremony. Professional photographers will be at commencement to take your photos throughout the ceremony. Photos will be available online for purchase after the ceremony.


Diplomas
The ceremonial certificate you receive at commencement is not a diploma. Degrees take approximately four to six months after graduation to process. Your diploma will be sent to the permanent address you have listed on TritonLink. Please check that this is accurate. If you do not receive your diploma within six months, please contact Academic Records at 858-534-3144. Contact Student Affairs if you need verification of your graduate status before the issuance of your diploma. 


Transcripts
You may log into your “Academic History” within TritonLink to print an unofficial copy of your transcript. To order an official transcript, follow the instructions on the Office of the Registrar website.


Parking
Students should plan to arrive early as parking is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Students need to be checked in at the RIMAC gym by 12 p.m.

Parking for commencement is free, but we recommend allowing extra time for expected heavy traffic. Please follow signage and parking attendants to appropriate lots.

Visitor Information

UC San Diego has several websites for visitor information on directionshotels and more. We recommend making hotel reservations early if you are planning to stay in the La Jolla/UTC area. Undergraduate commencements are the same weekend and hotels near campus fill up quickly.


Plan to arrive early as parking is provided on a first-come first-served basis. Parking for commencement is free, but heavy traffic is expected. There will be heavy signage for your reference and parking attendants on campus to provide direction to the commencement.

Graduation Merchandise and Flowers
Graduation merchandise can be purchased through the UC San Diego bookstore and tents located throughout Ridge Walk and in front of the RIMAC gym.

Leis and bouquets will be sold at commencement. Students and guests are encouraged to preorder for pickup before the ceremony so they can wear their leis onstage and in pictures. Order directly from Graduation Day Flowers.

Parking

Parking information for Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16 will be announced in the future. 

Sunday, June 17
Commencement parking will be in effect all day.  No parking pass is required.

Students should plan to arrive early as parking is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Students need to be checked in at the RIMAC gym by 12 p.m.

Parking for commencement is free, but we recommend allowing extra time for expected heavy traffic. Please follow signage and parking attendants to appropriate lots.

Students and Guests with Disabilities

Hearing Impaired
Sign language interpreters will be provided during the commencement ceremony. However, you must contact Jerry Pang to reserve special seating by May 31.

Wheelchair Rental
Should any of your visitors require a wheelchair, please contact Eric's Medical Supply Inc. at 619-298-9640. The price of the rental will be $15/day and includes free delivery. You must contact them to reserve a chair for commencement weekend.