Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get a mailing from the college regarding commencement?

Students will receive a monthly newsletter from the college beginning in early March. Students are advised to check the commencement webpage periodically to find the most current information as circumstances may change. If you have further questions, please contact Warren College at 858-534-1709 or warrencollege@ucsd.edu.

How soon do I need to sign up for the ceremony? Do I need a ticket to participate?

If you would like your name to appear in the commencement program, you must indicate that you would like to participate in the ceremony at degree.ucsd.edu. The official deadline to have your name printed in the program is May 1, 2017. 

When you purchase your cap and gown from the UCSD Bookstore, you will be given a ticket that will admit you to the Earl Warren College ceremony ONLY.

I signed up for the ceremony, now what do I have to do?

You must file your EDDA in order to graduate and receive your diploma. After you indicate whether or not you want your name in the ceremony program via degree.ucsd.edu, you will be asked to file an EDDA for the quarter you plan on finishing your classes. If the EDDA for that quarter is available, you will be prompted to fill out the online form. If the EDDA is unavailable, return to the site when it is open. For clarification, contact Warren Advising via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

I’m not going to complete all my units by the end of summer quarter. Can I still walk in the ceremony? What if I do not complete my units until Fall 2017?

Yes, you may participate in the commencement ceremony, as long as you have at least 135 units. When you purchase your cap and gown from the UCSD Bookstore, you will be given a ticket that will admit you to the Earl Warren College ceremony.

How do I know if I’m listed in the program?

The only way to be placed in the printed program is to indicate that you would like your name included in the program on the online systems. Your name will appear in the commencement program as it appears on your Tritonlink student record. You must indicate that you would like your name printed in the program at degree.ucsd.edu by May 1, 2017.

I’m not a Warren student but I have friends at Warren and I want to walk with them – what can I do?

You will NOT be able to walk in the Warren ceremony. Each UCSD college is requiring that graduates walk in their own college ceremony. Only Warren College graduates with the appropriate ticket will be let into the graduate area. Exception requests may be made by following the directions on commencement.ucsd.edu.

How many tickets may I get for my family and friends for graduation?

There are NO tickets needed for guests to attend the Warren College Commencement ceremony. However, because seating is limited, we ask that students have no more then 6 seated guests. It is suggested that students inform family and friends to be courteous to those who may need seating.

How do I audition to become the student speaker at commencement?

Interested students must submit their speech to the Warren College Student Affairs Office at warrendean@ucsd.edu, by Friday, April 7. Include your name, PID, and phone number in your email. Remarks should be limited to five minutes in length. For more information, contact wardean@ucsd.eduThere will not be auditions for any other parts of the commencement ceremony.

When is the Grad Nite at the Price Center Bookstore?

Grad Nite will be held on May 30 at the UCSD Bookstore. Grad Fest will be held on May 2 & 3.  Visit the UCSD Bookstore for more information.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Caps and gowns will be available to purchase at the UCSD Bookstore.The commencement fee includes the college ceremony ticket, gown, tassel and cap that you can keep; additional tassels will be available for purchase. All fittings must be done in person. Graduates who currently live out of town (i.e., are studying abroad, are participating in UCDC, or those who have graduated in previous quarters and have already moved) please contact the Bookstore for advice on how to obtain your cap, gown, and college ceremony ticket.

Where can I purchase announcements and other graduation items?

Personalized announcements can be ordered directly from the vendor by calling 1-800-433-0296 or visiting their website at http://cbgrad.com. Various packages that include thank you notes, envelope seals, return address labels, and an announcement cover are also available.

Open stock announcements (that are NOT personalized) are available at the UCSD Bookstore. The UCSD Bookstore also has other items that you may be interested in acquiring for your graduation, such as UCSD Class Rings, diploma laminating and framing, and thank you and note cards. Items include the UCSD Stole of Gratitude, Honor cords, extra tassels, etc. Visit the UCSD Bookstore's online Graduation Shop for more information.

How do I know if I am graduating with Latin Honors?

College honors are awarded according to the top 14% standard adopted by the Academic Senate. The GPA range changes each academic year. To be eligible for honors, a student must receive letter grades for at least 80 quarter units of course work at a UC campus.

When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to the student's permanent mailing address approximately 3-6 months after the end of the quarter of graduation, following final verification of completion of all UCSD graduation requirements. Diplomas are issued by the Registrar's Office - if you need a replacement diploma or have questions, you can find more information here.

Is there a rehearsal for commencement?

No, there is no rehearsal for the Warren Graduation Ceremony. Just show up at the student area with your cap and gown and ticket. Please fill out all of the information on the ticket in advance. A Warren College Staff member will give you instructions from there. It's that easy!

How long is the ceremony?

The Warren College ceremony is approximately 90 minutes so please plan your post-graduation activities accordingly. Also allow approximately an hour to return to your car and leave campus. There will be additional traffic congestion with others coming to attend later ceremonies. Out of RESPECT for ALL GRADUATES, graduates will not be allowed to leave the graduate area until the recessional of the program.

Where can I park?

Parking - our favorite subject at UCSD. Parking will be FREE on Saturday for the commencement ceremony. However, there will be a significant amount of traffic on campus that day, so please give yourself ample time to secure parking and plan your post-Commencement plans accordingly. More than 9,000 people are expected to attend UCSD each commencement ceremony.

Please follow the signage and directions from the parking attendants. As the parking lots fill, attendants will direct traffic to additional campus lots. For those who are directed to the Regents or East campus lots, shuttle service will be provided to and from those lots all day. Those with accessible parking needs attending the ceremony should enter via North Point Drive and follow the signs. Please make sure you have your disabled placard visible for the parking attendants.

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Here are a few tips to help with parking:

  1. CARPOOL – Please come with as many people in your party in as few cars as possible. Graduating students, this means please come with your family and do not drive by yourself.
  2. Have more than one parking option available ahead of time. As parking lots fill up they will be closed, so have an alternative parking spot in mind.
  3. Please listen to the parking attendants. They are only doing their job to make sure traffic is moving. Getting upset with them will not help move cars any faster.
  4. Plan ahead to get there early and get out late. It takes time to get cars in and out of each of the parking lots, so expect delays. The ceremony starts at 1:00pm and traffic starts to get busy an hour before the ceremony. Once the ceremony has concluded expect that it will take about an hour to get off campus. Please, if you are making restaurant reservations, plan accordingly.

Can I reserve seats?

No, seats are available only on a first come first serve basis. In the graduate seating area, graduates may sit with their friends from different majors. However, you are not permitted to save seats for graduates that arrive later than you. Guests are not permitted to save seats for others arriving later than them as well.

Will someone take photos of the graduates at commencement and how do I order copies?

Yes, professional photographers will be present at the ceremony taking pictures of the graduate before they step onto the stage and as they cross the stage. The graduate will receive photo proofs via email. Be sure to write your e-mail address clearly on the back of the commencement ticket to ensure your proofs arrive.

GradImages will be taking photos of all grads as they approach the stage and as they cross the stage. Graduates will receive an email in late June with a link to the website containing proofs. Orders should be placed within two to three weeks upon receipt of the email.  For additional help, call their Customer Service Department at 800.261.2576 or email giservice@gradimages.net.

Guests are not allowed to cross any barricade or disrupt the flow of the ceremony to take pictures. Only our professional photographers are allowed on stage to take pictures. Please remember to tell your guests to bring a powerful zoom lens to use in memorializing this special day.

Where are the restrooms at the ceremony?

Portable bathrooms are available on the RIMAC Field.

Where can I buy water/drinks/food at the ceremony?

There is a concession stand at the northwest corner of the RIMAC Field; there are many food/restaurant options in the RIMAC Annex or you can go to the Price Center.

Is there a place where I can leave these balloons?

No, there is no storage available during the ceremony. If you bring balloons or large objects to the ceremony we ask that you please sit in the back row for the ceremony.

Can I bring a canopy or umbrella?

Yes, but you must sit in the back of the guest area and umbrellas must be taken down PRIOR to the processional. You will be reminded.

Where can we go for medical attention?

The EMT booth, located on the field behind the last row of chairs.

Where is the Lost and Found?

Lost & Found items can be given to any security officer. Items will be left in Green Room and turned over to Campus Police on the first Monday after the ceremony.

Are pets allowed on RIMAC field?

Service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome.  No other animals are allowed.

Where do I go the day of Graduation?

  • Show up at RIMAC 1 hour before the start of the ceremony - that means being on campus at 1:30pm!
  • Bring your cap and gown with you (if you are not already wearing it), along with the Warren College graduation ticket, and proceed to RIMAC Field. Follow the signs to stairs that will take you down to the graduate area, taking the stairs adjacent to RIMAC arena and the softball field. Note: your family and friends need to proceed directly onto the RIMAC Field. ONLY GRADUATES WITH TICKETS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE GRADUATE AREA.
  • When you arrive, you will be reminded to completely and clearly fill in the requested information on the graduation ticket. Please be advised that inappropriate nicknames will be screened prior to your crossing of the stage. Those who write inappropriate nicknames or have illegible handwriting will be asked to rewrite the information on the card.
  • PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, listen for and comply with instructions of the commencement staff that will be there to assist you.
  • "Pomp and Circumstance" will begin and the platform party will process down the center aisle. You should be at your seat at this time!
  • The Provost will proceed with the ceremony: speeches (by the Chancellor and others), recognition of students and faculty receiving awards, recognition of Phi Beta Kappa inductees and Latin Honors awardees, and then the reading of graduates' names and crossing the stage.
  • The ceremony will conclude with the traditional turning of the tassel (from right to left) and then a recessional of the platform party.

What is the All Campus Commencement?

A campuswide commencement featuring an internationally-renowned speaker will be held in tandem with the undergraduate and graduate school ceremonies. We invite all graduates, families and friends to attend both ceremonies to fully experience the pomp and circumstance, and joy and pride, that marks one of the most memorable times in a student’s life. This two-part celebration will include the 90-minute All Campus Commencement during which Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will officially confer degrees by academic division upon graduates gathered as one student body on RIMAC Field. In addition, the six undergraduate colleges, Graduate Division and professional schools will host personalized Graduation Ceremonies for their students, where graduates will be recognized by name as they walk across the stage. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Learn more at commencement.ucsd.edu.

All Campus Commencement FAQs

When is the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

The All Campus Commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at RIMAC Field. Visit the Commencement website for the complete commencement weekend schedule.

What is the difference between the All Campus Commencement ceremony and the college or graduate program commencement ceremonies?

The All Campus Commencement will feature a keynote speaker and the official conferral of degrees by the Chancellor will happen during the All Campus Commencement. Following the All Campus Commencement, the colleges and graduate & professional programs will host personalized graduation ceremonies, where students will walk across stage as their names are read.

Will I need a ticket for the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

Yes.  Registration for commencement will be open to graduating UC San Diego students from Monday, April 3, through Wednesday, May 17. Students can register for All Campus Commencement (June 17) and their undergraduate college ceremony (June 17–18).

Return to commencement.ucsd.edu to register. Sign in with your student PID and password.

All Campus Commencement: Students must register before May 17 to receive a graduating student ticket and a maximum of two guaranteed guest tickets. You may request up to four guest tickets total. Additional ticket requests beyond the two guaranteed tickets will be filled according to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. An All Campus Commencement ticket is required for all graduating students and guests.

Undergraduate commencements: Undergraduates must register through commencement.ucsd.edu to receive a ticket to participate in their college ceremony. Tickets are not required for guests attending college ceremonies.

Ticket pickup: All tickets ordered by May 17 will be distributed by the UC San Diego Bookstore May 22–June 2.

Is the All Campus Commencement ceremony mandatory?

While participation in both the All Campus Commencement ceremony and college commencement ceremonies is voluntary, attendance is encouraged for all graduates to be part of a very special new tradition on campus that will celebrate all graduates as one community.

How am I eligible to participate in the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

Undergraduate students must meet the standard commencement participation requirement of having at least 135 units completed by the beginning of spring quarter. Make sure to check the academic advising website for information on deadlines for filing your degree and diploma application and getting your name in the program.

Will I need to wear my cap and gown to the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

Yes, students will process in for the All Campus Commencement ceremony and are required to wear their caps and gowns at both ceremonies.

It is recommended that graduating students arrive 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony. This will allow you time to find parking, your family and friends time to find seating, and for you to get into the graduate area. The ceremony will start promptly at 2:30pm, with or without you. The more time you allow, the more enjoyable your day!

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