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 frequently.
Has a Decision Been Made About 2020 Commencement?
The decision has been made to hold an online celebration now scheduled for Friday, June 12, 2020. Additionally, an alternate date - likely in December - will soon be announced to host an in-person ceremony.
What Is an Online Celebration?
The UC Davis online graduation celebration will recognize and honor the 2020 UC Davis graduates of our undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. We invite them all to return to Davis this winter to recognize them at an in-person ceremony later this year.
I'm Registered for June 2020 Commencement. Do I Still Need to Register for the Online Celebration?
Yes. Links will be sent to eligible seniors (based on units completed) and will be posted at the commencement homepage. By registering, you are giving your permission for UC Davis to include your name, major, degree, and/or photo on a public, online platform.
I Registered For June 2020 Commencement. Do I Need to Register Again For the Postponed Ceremony?
Yes. Graduates will be required to register and request tickets to participate in the postponed ceremony. Registration information will be available August 1, 2020. All original ticket requests and petitions for the spring 2020 Commencements will be voided and not transferred to the postponed ceremony.
Can I Attend Both the Online Celebration and a Postponed Ceremony?
Yes. All UC Davis students are invited to participate in one in-person commencement ceremony. Since we are unable to host a live ceremony in June, we have chosen to add a virtual celebration to recognize your achievements this June. However, you are welcome to register and participate in the postponed live ceremony as well.
Reminder about current Spring 2020 Commencement Eligibility Criteria: Any undergraduate student who received a degree in September 2019 or December 2019, or who expects to receive a degree in March 2020, June 2020 or September 2020, has completed 160 units by the beginning of Spring Quarter 2020 AND who has not already participated in a commencement ceremony, is eligible and welcome to participate in a ceremony.
Will I Be Able to Walk with My Friends at a Postponed Ceremony?
The postponed ceremonies will not be divided by major, college or school. We will open registration up to any eligible students to attend the ceremony that fits their professional and personal needs.
What Is the Deadline to Register For the Online Celebration?
Where and When Will the Rescheduled Ceremonies Take Place?
While the final dates have not been confirmed, rescheduled ceremonies will likely take place in December 2020 on the UC Davis campus in the ARC Pavilion.
Will I Receive a Refund for My Rented Regalia? How Do I Cancel My Regalia Order?
If you have an active cap and gown and/or grad pack order it will be canceled and refunded. Watch for an email with a link to a new site with options available for the virtual celebration.
*Please Note: Any costs associated with custom announcements of graduation are not eligible for refund. These items are produced at time of order, and shipped directly to the home address.
Do I Need to Rent a Cap/Gown for the Online Ceremony?
Rental gowns will not be available for the online celebration. You may purchase a UC Davis “Keepsake” gown, cap and tassel and have those items shipped to your home address.
*Please Note: UCD regalia will be required if you plan to participate in the postponed in-person ceremony. UC Davis “Keepsake” gowns and UC Davis rental gowns will be permitted.
When Does Regalia Ordering For the Online Celebration Begin?
Can I Use My Regalia For the Online Celebration and the Postponed Ceremony?
If you purchased the official UC Davis regalia for the virtual celebration, you may wear this at your rescheduled commencement ceremony.
Are Commencement Souvenirs Still Available?
GUESTS AND FAMILY
Will My Family and Friends Receive a Refund for Travel?
Please work directly with your airline, hotel and other travel companies in regards to their refund, credit and reimbursement policies.
Are Tickets Required for the Online Celebration?
No tickets will be required, but you will need to register for the celebration no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 15. You will receive additional information on participating in the virtual celebration. We invite you to share this momentous occasion with all of your friends and family members.
Do I Need to Submit a New Ticket Request For the Postponed Celebration?
No tickets will be required. You will receive additional information on participating in the virtual celebration. We invite you to share this momentous occasion with all of your friends and family members.
Will I Be Able to Obtain a New Visa Support Letter for Family and Friends?
Yes. However, you will need to request a new letter of support when registration for the postponed ceremony opens on August 1, 2020.
How Do I Receive My Diploma? What Will Be My Official Graduation Date?
Will My College Still Host a Celebration in June?
Due to the Governor’s shelter-in-place order with no deadline, there will not be any in-person celebrations on- nor off-campus. Any celebrations (or other online recognition) will be managed individually by their departments and majors.
What About the Other Campus Community Celebrations?
Due to the Governor’s shelter-in-place order with no deadline, there will not be any in-person celebrations on- nor off-campus. Any community celebrations (or other online recognition) will be managed individually by their departments and organizations.