FAQs for UC Davis Commencements

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.

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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 300 students. 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. 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?
  • Information on registering for the in-person event, the virtual commencement or both will be provided at a later date.




  • 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.
  • 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.


Diplomas and regalia