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Visa Support Letters

Undergraduates may request a letter of support for family members planning to attend the commencement ceremonies on the undergraduate commencement participation website. Requests can be submitted through the online registration system. Please submit a separate request form for each individual family member and allow one week for processing. You will receive your letter by email once it is complete.

For more information about visitor visas, please see the State Department’s website.

If you are a student needing emotional support or have any other concerns regarding current governmental policies, UC Davis has resources, starting with our Services for International Students and Scholars, that you can reach at or 530-752-0864. Undocumented students or students with DACA status may contact the UC Undocumented Legal Services or the AB 540 and Undocumented Student Center at UC Davis.

Arrival Time & Location

Line up areas and time for the new undergraduate commencement venue are under evaluation and will be shared on website as soon as confirmed.

Cap and Gown

UC Davis Regalia is mandatory for graduates, and the University reserves the right to refuse admission to students who do not comply with this requirement. Cap and gown rentals are done through the UC Davis Stores.

Parking for Ceremony at UC Davis Health Stadium

Parking information will be posted closer to the event.

Parking for Livestream Viewing

Parking information will be posted closer to the event.

Food and Beverage

Undergraduates will have water provided for them. Exact location will be determined by campus leadership and stadium personnel closer to event date.

Any student perceived as being under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be detained or removed from the ceremony by staff and/or security for further investigation.

University policy prohibits the unlawful use, sale, distribution, dispensing, or possession of alcohol or of controlled substances by students on University premises and official University functions. Students shall not use illegal substances or abuse legal substances in a manner that impairs scholarly activities or student life. (Adapted from UCD P&P Manual Chapter 380, Section 18) Students violating this policy may be excluded from privileges and activities when there is reasonable cause to believe that their conduct 1) threatens the safety of themselves and others on University property or at University functions; and/or 2) disrupts the orderly operation of the campus. (Adapted from UC Board of Regents Policy on Student Conduct & Discipline)

Special Accommodations

Students requiring special accommodations should contact their commencement coordinator directly or contact the Student Disability Center.

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.

The university reserves the right to refuse admittance to the ceremony and its venues and/or detain individuals if staff and/or security perceive the individual as threatening or causing a disruption to the event or other guests.

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