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Photo of some 2021 graduates at commencement; the right side has a light blue overlay with the UC San Diego branded element of a stylized tridentCommencement 2022

GPS Commencements

Date: Sunday, June 12, 2022
Time: 2 p.m. (PST)
Location: RIMAC Arena
Open to: Graduates, Alumni and Guests

Please continue to monitor this website for updated information on the GPS commencement. If you have specific questions that are not addressed on this page, please email Jerry Pang and Danica Sablad.

More information:

Download the 2022 Commencement Program [PDF]

Download the 2022 Individual Graduates Slideshow [PDF]

GPS Commencement Speaker

Commencement Speaker: José Ángel Gurría

angel-gurria.jpgAngel Gurría, former secretary-general of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is the 2022 commencement speaker for the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). Gurría served at OECD from 2006 to 2021, firmly establishing the organization as a pillar of the global economic governance architecture, broadening OECD’s membership and strengthening its links with key emerging economies. A few of his notable contributions include improving governance frameworks in anti-corruption and scaling up OECD’s contribution to the global climate agenda. Gurría holds a B.A. in economics from UNAM (Mexico) and a M.A. degree in economics from Leeds University (U.K.).

Student Information: Class of 2022

Student check in begins at 1 p.m. in the RIMAC Auxiliary Gym. Please bring a physical printed copy of your ticket. You must have this to enter RIMAC and walk in the ceremony. You also must wear a proper graduate regalia to participate in the ceremony.

Doors will be open starting at 1 p.m. Guests will be directed to the RIMAC Arena. Guests will not be able to enter the check in area with their graduate. We will have staff and volunteers to help direct guests to the appropriate location. If graduates wish to make sure their guests are seated accordingly, please set enough time to walk them to their seats and check in to the RIMAC Auxiliary Gym.

All students must be checked in by 1:30 p.m. in the RIMAC Auxiliary Gym.

Student Information: Class of 2020

We can no longer accommodate 2020 graduates to walk in this year's ceremony, however we invite you to join us for the reception following the ceremony. If you wish to attend the reception, please contact Jerry Pang.

Security and Parking

For the safety of all, everyone (guests, graduates, faculty, staff) must undergo a security check before being allowed to enter the designated Commencement premises. Please allow extra time to wait in line for security checks. All bags will be thoroughly searched.

No animals or assistance animals are permitted, except for service dogs specifically to trained to assist a person with a disability.

Please refer to Transportation and Safety for the full list of prohibited items.

While there is no charge for parking, UC San Diego Security and Special Events Coordinators will direct you to the available parking location. GPS has no control over parking.

Most guests will be redirected to East Parking (by graduate housing) and bused in. Pangea Parking Structure will not be open for general or public parking. You are welcome to attempt to park in other locations but this is at your own discretion.

Only those who are living with a disability and/or other ADA accommodations will be redirected to Hopkins Parking Structure.

Given that you may have to park across campus, we recommend that you all make the necessary adjustments to arrive accordingly.

Please visit Commencement Transportation and Security for more information.

COVID-19 Requirements

The health and safety of guests and graduates is our top priority. To ensure a safe experience for all, please consider the following protocols from UC San Diego:

All participants, regardless of age, should be fully vaccinated (two doses plus booster) or have had a negative COVID-19 test result within 24 hours prior to the ceremony. Testing with UC San Diego specifically is not required.

Students and guests may be required to complete a symptom screening upon entry to Commencement events. Current students, faculty, and staff should complete the online daily symptom and exposure screening. Guests and recent graduates may participate in a verbal screening.

Masking is strongly recommended, particularly in areas where distancing is not possible or large crowds are present. We encourage anyone who feels more comfortable continuing to wear a mask to do so, as masking remains one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the spread of the virus.

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 may fill up quickly.

Graduates and guests who are unable to join in person will be able watch the ceremony by livestream broadcast., The live stream channel will be available here as well as on the campus Commencement website.

The livestream recording is generally uploaded to Vimeo by UC San Diego in early July. We will contact graduates with the link when it becomes available.

Graduation Merchandise and Flowers
Graduation merchandise may 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. 

Preorder at The Commencement Group.

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.

Students and Guests with Disabilities

Guests requiring accessibility and ADA parking will be directed to Hopkins Parking Structure.

From the I-5 freeway, exit at La Jolla Village Drive and head west. Make a right turn on Villa La Jolla Drive and follow the commencement ADA signage to the parking structure closest to the ceremony site.

You may exit toward the bottom of the parking structure, out to the street level. Follow signage to the nearby ADA cart shuttles, where you will pass through a security screening to access RIMAC Arena. However, we highly recommend guest take the elevator to the top floor of Hopkins Parking Structure and cross the small bridge to get to GPS and RIMAC Arena.

Hearing Impaired
Closed captioning will be made available on screen during the commencement ceremony.

Wheelchair/Medical Rentals
Should any of your visitors require a wheelchair, please contact Jerry Pang by May 13. For all other medical rentals, it is recommended to contact Eric's Medical Supply, Inc. at (619) 298-9640. You must contact them in advance for Commencement.

Additional Accommodations
If you or your guests have visual or physical restrictions that will make it difficult to use stairs or be in a wheelchair and see from afar, please contact Jerry Pang. We will try to assist you to the best of our abilities.