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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Students will receive a monthly newsletter from the college via email 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

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 register at The official deadline to have your name printed in the program is May 1, 2020. 

Tickets are required for graduates to participate in All Campus Commencement and the undergraduate commencement ceremonies. Registration will open in March.

For more information visit:

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

You must file your DDA in order to graduate and receive your diploma. You will be asked to file an DDA for the quarter you plan on finishing your classes. If the DDA for that quarter is available, you will be prompted to fill out the online form. If the DDA 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 2020?

Yes, you may participate in the commencement ceremony, as long as you have at least 135 units.

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 when you register at 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 by registering at May 1, 2020.

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

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.

When is the Grad Nite at the Price Center Bookstore?

May 12-14, 2020 in Town Square

For more information visit:

Is there a Commencement registration fee?

Registration to attend All Campus Commencement and/or Warren College Commencement is $54.00 (total, not each). This is a non-refundable fee that will be charged to your student account.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

The commencement registration fee does not include your regalia so you will need to purchase your gown, tassel and cap at the UCSD Bookstore; additional tassels will also 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 and gown. Contact the UCSD Bookstore Customer Service at (858) 534-7326.


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

Interested Warren College students are invited to apply and audition for the role of student speaker. To apply, submit a written copy of your speech via e-mail to Warren College Student Affairs at Remarks should be limited to 5‐7 minutes in length. A panel of faculty, staff, and students will select the student speaker. Students must be participating in the Commencement ceremony for the current year and in good academic standing to be considered.

Submissions must include:

Student's full name
Phone number
Finalists will be invited to audition with their speech before a student speaker is selected.

 Deadline: Coming Soon

Where can I purchase announcements and other graduation items?

Personalized announcements can be ordered directly from Jostens.

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. Please follow the instructions on your printed ticket on the day of the ceremony.

How long is the ceremony?

The Warren College ceremony is approximately 105 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.

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.

Where can I park?

Parking will be extremely limited. We strongly recommend carpooling, ride-share, and use of public transportation. More detailed information about transportation and parking, including ADA access, will be available in May.

Please visit the Commencement website for updated information:

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. The graduate will receive photo proofs via email or text message to the cell phone number you provided during the registration process.

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

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?

Complimentary drinking water will be provided to those who bring a reusable bottle. A limited quantity of reusable bottles will also be available for purchase from the UC San Diego Bookstore booth located on RIMAC Field. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the commencement hospitality village located on RIMAC Field.

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, including pets, therapy animals, or emotional support animals, are allowed.

Where do I go the day of Commencement?

  • Follow the instructions printed on your ticket and arrive 1.5 hours prior to the start of the ceremony to RIMAC - that means being on campus at 12:00pm!
  • Bring your cap and gown with you (if you are not already wearing it), along with the Warren College graduation ticket, and proceed to the top of RIMAC Field by the Arena entrance.  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, make sure that the requested information on your Warren commencement ticket is completed with your preferred name clearly printed. 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: 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

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 13, 2020 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.  Ticketing information is available at

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 1.5 hours 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 1:30pm, with or without you. The more time you allow, the more enjoyable your day!