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.
Arrival Time & Location
Undergraduates in the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences and Engineering should arrive at the MAC room and undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science should arrive in the ARC Ballrooms one hour prior to the ceremony start time for line up.
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 is available in Lot #25, the Pavilion Parking Structure, Lot #35, and Lot #40 and Lot #41. Please arrive early enough to park and get to the student line up area by the designated time. See the campus map or the Pavilion map for the location of parking areas. Please note that a portion of lot #25 is reserved for guests with government issued ADA placards.
Food and Beverage
Undergraduates will have water provided for them on the field during line up and in the rear of the Pavilion floor once they are inside.
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)
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
- Tobacco products
- 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.
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.
UC Davis promotes an environment where all feel welcome and respected. We observe the following: