University of California, Riverside


Commencement 2018


Celebrate UCR's 64th Commencement

Welcome to the official Website for UC Riverside's 64th Commencement to be held June 1 and 15-19, 2018.

Making this day a memorable occasion for you and your proud family members and friends is very important to UC Riverside, so we have put together a list of important Commencement information that you and your guests need to know! 

Graduate Arrival and Check-In

Graduates, please plan to arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to your ceremony to check-in in front of the Student Services Building. 

Gates Open for Guest Seating

Gates will open for guest seating 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. To ensure everyone’s safety, security staff will be performing bag checks at each venue entrance. All bags are subject to search. 

Tickets and Seating

Tickets are required for entrance to all UCR Commencement ceremonies. Seating for all ceremonies is on a first-come, first-served basis. Saving seats is not allowed, so please have your guests plan accordingly. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket but will need to remain on a parent's lap for the duration of the ceremony.

Please print or e-mail your e-tickets to your guests through Both printed and electronic e-tickets on a smartphone can be scanned at the entrance. Each ticket has a unique barcode and may only be scanned once for admittance. Duplicate tickets will be denied entrance.  


Starting on Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17 general commencement parking is available in all parking lots EXCEPT Lot 6, 19 and residence hall Lots 14, 15, 21 and 22. On Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19 Lot 1 will be reserved for UCR permit holders only, but all other lots EXCEPT 6, 19 and residence hall lots 14,15, 21 and 22 will be open for commencement parking.  

Lot 6 is reserved for guests with a disabled person plate or placard and guests who require mobility assistance. Shuttle Vehicles will be available to drive guests who require mobility assistance to and from Lot 6 to the Commencement venue. 

Water Station

We will be providing a water station for all guests in attendance (all graduates will be provided with one water bottle at their seats).  Please pass along to your guests that they can bring containers to fill up with water.  We are trying to minimize the usage of cups. 

Souvenir Commencement Book

A souvenir Commencement book, listing the names of all of the graduates, may be purchased for $5.00 at each of the ceremonies at the UCR Campus Store/Commencement Book booth located by the main entrance. Participating graduates will receive one complimentary copy when they check-in for their ceremony. 

Gifts for Your Grad

The Class of 2018 T-shirt 

Commencement T-shirts will be available for purchase before and after each ceremony. 

Commencement Flowers

A flower vendor will be on-site at each of the ceremonies offering congratulatory flower bouquets and leis for purchase. 

UCR Gear and Memorabilia

Visit the UCR Campus Store/Commencement Book booth located by the main entrance for some of our favorite UCR gear for grads! 

The UCR Campus Store will also be open for Commencement and offers a wide selection of UCR gear, memorabilia, and gift items. Store hours for Commencement weekend are as follows: 

  • Friday, June 15, 2018 
    8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

  • Saturday, June 16, 2018 
    7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

  • Sunday, June 17, 2018 
    7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

  • Monday, June 18, 2018 
    7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 
    7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Leave Your Legacy

Leave your mark at UCR by making a contribution to the 2018 R’Gift Campaign.  The long-standing Highlander tradition of class giving dates back to 1955. Commemorate your time at UCR and give to any area on campus that matters most to you! 

Visit make your gift today. 

Join the UCR Alumni Association

Stay Connected! We take great pride in our graduates and want to ensure your further success. Join the UCR Alumni Association to stay connected, meet fellow alumni and build a beneficial network.s will receive one complimentary copy when they check-in for their ceremony. 

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Event Management & Protocol
1144 Hinderaker

Tel: (951) 827-3144