It’s a day filled with regalia, beaming smiles and fond memories to last a lifetime. Congratulations on making it to UC Davis commencement. Just like your friends and family, we are looking forward to celebrating this wonderful occasion with you. We also want to make sure you’re ready to go and you don’t miss a thing.
The commencement ceremony is just that, a ceremony, an end-of-quarter celebration for students projected to successfully complete all of their graduation requirements by the end of that Spring or Fall Quarter.
And like any celebration, there are plenty of goings on and things to remember.
UC Davis Commencement Calendar
Planning for your commencement starts with knowing when it will take place. Be sure to check out the commencement calendar to find out when your commencement day begins.
Design Your Grad Cap Contest
A tried and true tradition, every year we call upon our graduates to get creative with their commencement day regalia. Decorate your grad caps for a chance of winning UC Davis prizes. Be sure to read up on the contest instructions to learn when each year's contest takes place!
Share in the Social Celebration
With so many students, family and friends sharing moments from the big day via social media, there's a distinct possibility to miss something. Using the hashtag #UCDAVISGRAD, we're collecting posts from across social networks and presenting them online! Check them all out!
Know Before You Go
Although commencement is a celebration, there are rules and a number of important things students should know before the event. Guests can find a number of important reminders, too, by visiting this handy traveler's know-before-you-go guide.
Commencement places a heavy impact on campus parking and traffic. Plan to park ahead of time, so you spend less time stressing over it once you're already on campus.
For parents and family, seating guides are also available.
Livestreams and StageClip Video Recordings
UC Davis is working with StageClip to create memorable moments from your commencement day that are fun, professional looking and easy to share with friends and family. Find out more about the service here.
Can't make it to the event? UC Davis has you covered. Livestream any of the commencement day ceremonies the day they're happening. Weren't able to catch it live? That's alright, too! Our commencement day video archive is updated regularly with the latest ceremonies added as they become available.
Like commencement itself, for those who aren't able to see student speakers, they can still watch the event from the convenience of their desktop or smart phone. Commencement speakers will be streamed and can be viewed at any time during and after the event.
Maybe you haven't noticed, but UC Davis is a pretty photogenic campus, with a variety of great areas perfect to grab that picture with your favorite grad(s). Whether it's the famous UC Davis Water Towers, our incredible Arboretum and even The Eggheads, finding that perfect place to capture a moment from this momentous day shouldn't be a problem! Can't find the place you're looking for? Be sure to keep a map handy, just in case!