FAQs for UC Davis Commencements

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We know you may have specific questions related to commencement right now. To help address those questions, we've developed a list of frequently asked questions. We encourage you to check this FAQ often, as it may update often. Our plans are subject to change based on evolving direction from state and local public health officials.

For more information about applying to graduate or diplomas be sure to visit the Office of the University Registrar.

If you don’t see your question listed below, reach out via email or use the contact form. If you have a question about your in-person commencement processional time, tickets or confirmation, contact your college or professional school by email:

Commencement coordinators for each college and professional school are responding to an extremely high volume of emails in the order they were received. There’s no need to send your question in a duplicate or follow-up email, and doing so may slow down the process of receiving a response. Thank you for your patience.

Last updated 7:30 a.m., June 9:

Spring 2021 commencement

  • Will the spring 2021 commencement be in-person or virtual?
  • Both a virtual commencement and limited-scale, in-person commencement processionals will be held this year. The in-person events will be held between June 10 and June 13, with each limited to 400 students (the cap was previously set at 300). Each student can bring two guests. More information is available in Chancellor May’s April 16 announcement. We look forward to honoring the resilience UC Davis graduates have shown this last year, and the incredible academic accomplishments they have achieved during their time at UC Davis.
  • What COVID-19 precautions are being taken?
  • All attendees at the event must wear face coverings at all times, although they may remove them briefly for a photo while on stage. Students and their guests will be spaced at least 6 feet from other attendees at all times. Guests must bring a completed COVID-19 vaccination card to the event, while students will have the option of showing proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result for COVID-19 from the previous 72 hours. Students can schedule an on-campus COVID-19 test through Health-e-Messaging. Any student traveling or visiting from outside California must show proof of vaccination.
  • Why do guests need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
  • Our decision to require all guests at the spring commencement event to show proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination is based on both public health guidance and to provide a safe environment for our all attendees. Vaccinations have proven to be the most effective mitigation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • What if a guest can’t attend the in-person event?
  • The entire in-person event will be livestreamed online, so everyone can witness this important milestone.
  • How do I sign up to participate?
  • Registration for the in-person event for undergraduate students is now closed. A link to register for the virtual commencement will be posted to this page later this week. Graduate students should visit the Graduate Studies website for further information.
  • What is a grad slide, and how do I create one?
  • A grad slide tells us how you’d like your name pronounced, and gives you a chance to showcase a photo of yourself and a personal statement. All grads participating in either the virtual or in-person commencement celebration must submit a grad slide, and can do so here.
  •  I didn’t get the commencement announcement email that went to students. What do I do?
  • Please contact commencement@ucdavis.edu if you did not receive an email with details on registering for the in-person or virtual commencements.

  • Why did some graduating seniors get the RSVP email for commencement and some got a different email?
  • In order to respect privacy preferences, some students received an email that was different from the commencement registration announcement sent to others. If those students opt in to receive further commencement emails from our vendor, they will receive all the same information moving forward, including instructions on registering for the in-person commencement processional. To opt-in to receive text messages, undergraduate students should text “2021 Aggies” to 58052.
  • Can I participate in both the virtual and in-person celebrations?
  • Yes, both options are open to each graduate. Please be sure to sign up for both if you are interested.
  • When will the virtual commencement be available?
  • (Updated at 8:00am 6/11/2021) We are experiencing a technical difficulty with the virtual commencement ceremony video. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to get it up on the site as soon as possible. Please check back soon for updates. Until then, you can watch remarks from Chancellor Gary S. May, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan and others, plus interviews with prominent alumni. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLPzk_k7Zgo&list=PLslgisHe5tBPue1_2et6oGcZE70BEprJ9

    The ceremonies can be watched any time, but if you’d like to watch along with fellow grads, parents and other members of the Aggie community, a watch party will be held at 5 p.m. Friday on the UC Davis Facebook page.

  • When are the Cultural Graduation Celebrations?
  • Please contact the host department for more information on these events:
    • End of Year Celebration: Honoring ImmiGrads - 4 p.m. on May 29 (Hosted by AB540 and Undocumented Student Center)
    • Middle Eastern, North African, & South Asian Community Graduation 2021 - 5 p.m. on June 9 (Hosted by MENASA Student Resources)
    • Lavender Graduation Celebration - 6 p.m. on June 10 (Hosted by LGBTQIA Resource Center)
    • Chicanx/Latinx Graduation Celebration - 6 p.m. on June 11 (Hosted by Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success)
    • Spring 2021 Native American Virtual Graduation Celebration - 3 p.m. on June 13 (Hosted by Native American Retention Initiative)
    • Black Graduation - 4:30 p.m. on June 13 (Hosted by Center for African Diaspora Student Success)
    • Southeast Asian Graduation - 1 p.m. on June 19 (Hosted by Student Recruitment and Retention Center)
    • Filipinx Graduation Celebration Ceremony 2021 - 4:30 p.m. on June 19 (Hosted by Student Recruitment and Retention Center)

     

Tickets

  • Where do I get the link to register for my tickets?
  • All ticket links are unique to each graduates’ email. If you have not received this email, please contact: tickets@fullmeasure.io with your full name, ceremony time and UC Davis email address. You should receive a response within 24 hours of your submission.
  • What email address should I be on the lookout for to register my guests?
  • Ticket emails will be going to your UC Davis email address from a company called “Ceremonies.”
  • What is the deadline for ticket registration?
  • All graduates have until June 4 to register their guest information.
  • How and when will my guests get their tickets?
  • Guests will receive their tickets directly to the email address listed during when registered. All graduates and guests will receive their tickets on Monday, June 7. If you don’t receive your tickets on that day, send an email to tickets@fullmeasure.io. Be sure to include your full name, ceremony time, and UC Davis email address, and you should receive a response within 24 hours.
  • I never received my tickets email. What should I do?
  • If you don’t receive your tickets on Monday, June 7, send an email to tickets@fullmeasure.io. Be sure to include your full name, ceremony time, and UC Davis email address, and you should receive a response within 24 hours. Please email only once.
  • I keep getting email reminders to register guests, but I’ve already done so. What should I do?
  • Our ticket vendor does not send confirmation emails after guests are confirmed, and you will continue to receive reminders even if you’ve already registered your guests. You can request confirmation by emailing tickets@fullmeasure.io. Be sure to include your full name, ceremony time, and UC Davis email address, and you should receive a response within 24 hours.
  • I need to change the name of my guests, what should I do?
  • You may bring a different guest than the one who registered, as long as the new guest adheres to the same COVID-19 precautions: Guests must bring a completed COVID-19 vaccination card to the event. Just be sure to alert staff members of the change when you arrive at the check-in area. Remember that only two guests are allowed with each graduate, and guest tickets cannot be transferred to another graduate.
  • I’m a student and didn’t claim my two guest tickets, what should I do?
  • You will still receive two guest tickets and can use them to bring guests at check-in. Remember that guest tickets cannot be transferred to another graduate.
  • My tickets don’t have the correct time, what should I do?
  • Please email tickets@fullmeasure.io with your full name, UC Davis email address and correct ceremony time. Please allow 24 hours for a reply and update.

Eligibility and attendance

  • Which undergraduate students can participate in the spring 2021 graduation celebrations?
  • Current spring 2021 commencement eligibility criteria: Any undergraduate student who received a degree in September 2020 or December 2020, or who expects to receive a degree in March 2021, June 2021 or September 2021 and who has completed 140 units by the beginning of spring quarter 2021 and who has not already participated in an in-person commencement ceremony is eligible and welcome to participate in this year’s in-person celebration.

  • Which graduate students are eligible to participate?
  • Academic graduate students must be advanced to candidacy from September 30, 2020 - May 1, 2021 to participate. Please visit the Graduate Studies website for further information. Information for Graduate School of Management students is available on that school’s website.
  • I graduated in spring 2020 — can I participate in the spring 2021 celebrations?
  • Size restrictions from public health agencies mean we are unable to welcome the Class of 2020 back to participate in this ceremony. We are committed to honor our 2020 graduates for a traditional, in-person ceremony on campus as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Where will the in-person celebration be held, and where should I park?
  • Parking for the in-person commencement processionals for undergraduate and academic graduate students will be in the Pavilion Parking Structure. Graduates and their guests will line up under tents on Hutchison Field before walking across the stage inside The Pavilion at the ARC.
  • Is there a cost to participate in the virtual or in-person commencement?
  • There is no charge to participate in either event.
  • How do I sign up for tickets for my guests?
  • All tickets for guests will be issued through the graduate’s registration portal.
  • Are extra tickets available?
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to issue additional tickets to any attendees. Graduates must abide by the two-guest policy for this spring’s event.
  • Who can I contact about my tickets, commencement time or confirmation email?
  • Please contact your college or professional school with one of the email addresses listed here. Commencement coordinators for each college and professional school are responding to an extremely high volume of emails in the order they were received. There’s no need to send your question in a duplicate or follow-up email, and doing so may slow down the process of receiving a response. Thank you for your patience.
  • Are children able to attend?
  • All guests attending the in-person celebration will be required to show a completed vaccination card.
  • Can I request a visa letter for a guest traveling from outside the United States?
  • Unfortunately, UC Davis will not be issuing any visa letters at this time.
  • Can my guests bring food or drinks?
  • Due to health and safety protocols, only water in closed containers will be permitted at the in-person commencement processional.
  • Will flowers or other gifts be available at the event?
  • Attendees can order flowers online for pickup at the in-person commencement processional. Be sure to enter your ceremony date at checkout. Guests may bring their own flowers, but balloons or other gifts will not be permitted at the event.
  • Can I bring a cooler or other large bag? What is the bag policy?
  • All bags (including purses, fanny packs and backpacks) are subject to search before being allowed into the event. All prohibited items will not be allowed into the stadium. Bags shall be small enough to fit completely under one seat (occupied by bags’ owner), and shall be so kept at all times to maintain clear aisles, walkways, and stairs. Hard-sided cases and coolers are prohibited. Prohibited items include: cans, glass or open containers; chairs; hard-sided coolers; alcoholic beverages; bicycles, skateboards, scooters; animals (except service animals); artificial noisemakers and musical instruments; weapons. Approved bags include: 12” x 6” x 12” clear plastic bag; 1-gallon clear plastic storage bag; 5.5” x 8.5” clutch purse; 3” x 4” clutch purse.
  • When will I know my celebration time?
  • Celebration times will be released once registrations are collected. We ask that you prioritize your days based on your availability. Your celebration time will be determined at a later date.
  • Will the in-person event fill up?
  • While we can accommodate only 400 students for each commencement time slot (the cap was previously set at 300), the campus is committed to providing as many time slots as needed to allow each graduate and their guests to participate and celebrate. Rest assured every eligible graduate who wishes to participate in the in-person commencement processionals will have an opportunity to do so.
  • I got a text message about the in-person commencement. Was it real?
  • Yes, UC Davis reached out to graduating students this week (the week of April 19) via text message and email. Those communications were legitimate. To opt-in to receive text messages, undergraduate students should text “2021 Aggies” to 58052.
  • Can I come to campus for photos?
  • UC Davis is currently at a state of reduced operations, but our beautiful campus grounds and outdoor landmarks are still open to the public. It is important that any social gatherings on campus follow the university, county and state public health guidelines for social, informal gatherings, which can be found on the Campus Ready website. Also, check the commencement website for further updates including virtual backgrounds and social media filters.
  • Will drones be allowed on campus?
  • No drone flights will be allowed over or near the in-person commencement ceremonies. More information on our policy for unmanned aircraft systems is available on the Safety Services website.

Diplomas and regalia

  • How do I register to graduate or receive a diploma?
  • For more information about applying to graduate and on diplomas, be sure to visit the Office of the University Registrar.
  • How do I receive my diploma?
  • Graduation dates and diplomas are handled by the Office of the University Registrar. The registrar’s office is still operating remotely and all dates listed on its website are still in effect.
  • What will be my official graduation date?
  • Graduation dates and diplomas are handled by the Office of the University Registrar. The registrar’s office is still operating remotely and all dates listed on its website are still in effect.
  • How do I order my cap and gown?
  • To order caps, gowns and other regalia please visit the Herff Jones website.
  • Are a cap and gown needed if I only participate in the virtual celebration?
  • Caps and gowns are not required for the virtual celebration, but if you would like to wear them you may order regalia from Herff Jones.
  • Where do I find graduation announcements and souvenirs?
  • You can purchase commencement souvenirs and souvenir packages from UC Davis Stores. You may also order customizable items from Herff Jones.
  • I heard about a data breach with Herff Jones, the vendor used for commencement regalia. Are UC Davis students impacted?
  • UC Davis is aware of the breach and we are actively taking steps to learn more information about the direct effect on our community. Herff Jones has a customer service team that is dedicated to assist customers on this specific issue. This team can be reached by calling 855-535-1795 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. All non-cyber-attack related questions can be directed to Herff Jones’ main customer service team at 800-837-4235.