Commencement 2017

GPS Commencement

Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: RIMAC Arena, UC San Diego 

Open to: Invited Guests, Students, Alumni

All Campus Commencement (Optional)

Keynote address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: RIMAC Field, UC San Diego
Open to: Invited Guests, Students, Alumni
For information:

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.

GPS Commencement Speaker

Agustín Guillermo Carstens CarstensCommencement Speaker: Agustín Guillermo Carstens Carstens

Agustín Guillermo Carstens Carstens is a Mexican economist who has served as Governor of the Bank of Mexico since 2010. 

Carstens began his professional career in 1980 at Banco de México, where he held many positions at the central bank’s International Department, Economic Research Department and at the Office of the Governor. He also served as the executive director of the International Monetary Fund, representing the casting votes of Spain, Mexico, Central America and Venezuela and as Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Felipe Calderón (2006–09). Carstens earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has a B.A. in economics from Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Read full bio. 

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 5, 2017
Time: 9-10:50 a.m.

Ordering Regalia Instructions
Graduates must order their regalia online  via the UC San Diego Bookstore Graduation Central portal. Graduates will need to indicate whether they will be attending the optional all campus ceremony in the “Additional Information” section before checking out. Graduates will pick up their caps and gowns at the bookstore in May. Graduates will keep their hood, cap and tassel, but must return the gown to the designated spot after their 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, please leave your gown and hood in the designated boxes. Graduates can keep the cap and tassel. 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 names of your guests and their relation to you, their address, city and country of residence, their expected arrival and departure dates. Please specify whether or not you need a printed version of the letter or an electronic PDF.

Commencement Photos
Guests are asked to refrain from approaching the stage during the commencement ceremony. Instead, a professional photographer will be at commencement to take your photo as you exit the stage. Photos will be available online for purchase after the ceremony.

The ceremonial certificate you receive at commencement is not a diploma. Degrees take several months to process. Diplomas are available approximately four to six months after graduation. 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—we will provide a letter from the director of Degree Programs. 

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.

Students should plan to arrive early as parking is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking for commencement is free, but we recommend allowing extra time for expected heavy traffic. Please follow signage to appropriate lots.

Handicap Parking Map (PDF)

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.

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.

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 $12/day and includes free delivery. You must contact them to reserve a chair for commencement weekend.

Handicap Parking Map (PDF)

For any other issues relating to disability accommodations except for parking, please contact Jerry Pang.

All Campus Commencement

Attendance is optional.

Keynote address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
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. 

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