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Ceremony Details:

More detailed information on commencement parking, mobility concerns, etc. will be noted on website as information becomes available.
Please visit the website for Graduate Studies for other additional information for the Graduate Studies commencement held in the Pavilion.

Facility description:

The ARC Pavilion is a 5,000 seat facility located near the corner of LaRue Road and Orchard Road, one block south of Russel Blvd. The Pavilion originally opened in 1977 as the Recreation Hall. It was constructed as a multi-functional facility and was the primary venue for informal recreation on campus. The facility was renamed the Pavilion in 2004 when the Activities & Recreation Center opened.

The Pavilion has three floors: Arena/Floor, Lobby, and Concourse. Students are seated in the Arena/Floor Level during commencement, and guest seating is available on the Concourse Level. The Guest Services Center, North East Lobby Level, contains Lost & Found and checked items. First Aid station is in the South East Lobby Level. Vending machines and restrooms are located Lobby Level along the east side of the building. There is one elevator in the building and is located in the South West corner of the building.

To celebrate commencements, the Pavilion is transformed by custom blue and gold drapery, a custom stage, LED screens and other lighting effects to celebrate the occasion. There is a water hydration station located in the NE Concourse level for those with refillable containers. Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought into the Pavilion. The UC Davis campus is designated as smoke and tobacco free.

Service Animals:

Service Animals are allowed at commencement ceremonies. This website also provides general visitor information.

Graduate Courtesy and Safety:

UC Davis is very proud of the accomplishments of each and every student, and we want the ceremony to be a pleasant experience for all. We ask that you respect the rights and feelings of other participants and guests by remaining in your seat until all of the candidates have been recognized and the ceremony has concluded.

In consideration of the graduates, speakers, and the safety of all guests, the following is prohibited:

  •     Children seated with graduates
  •     Air horns, beach balls or other distracting items
  •     Balloons
  •     Banners and signs
  •     Tobacco products
  •     Alcohol
  •     Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  •     Weapons of any kind including firearms and knives
  •     Drones (UAS - Unmanned Aircraft Systems) or other model aircraft
  •     Animals except for registered guide dogs
  •     Tripods (monopods are allowed)

Safety inspections will be conducted before students enter the Pavilion.

Any prohibited items found in the venue will be confiscated. Additionally, pagers and cell phones should be turned off or to silent mode during the ceremony. NOTE: Strollers are not prohibited but they are inspected and checked at the door to prevent them from blocking the walk ways. Checked strollers are available for pick up at the Guest Services desk.

UC Davis makes a special effort to ensure that our commencement is a memorable and enjoyable occasion for everyone involved. Students, parents, faculty and alumni have indicated their wish to have commencement conducted in an appropriately ceremonial atmosphere, and we ask for the cooperation of you and your guests.

Any person found to be intoxicated or carrying drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave the premises and may be subject to arrest by the police.