University of California, Riverside


M.D. Candidate Checklist

Commencement / Hippocratic Oath Ceremony Checklist

for M.D. Candidates in the School of Medicine

Step 1: Apply to Graduate

To participate at Commencement, you need to have filed your graduation application on time, and received approval from the School of Medicine. The deadline to file your graduation application is March 10, 2017.

Step 2: Review and Update your Personal Information in R'Web

Review your contact information and how your full name and degree information are recorded in R'Web as soon as possible to ensure that they are correct.

If you need to have your name corrected, information regarding requesting a change or correction of name is available on the Registrar's website.

If you need to have your degree information updated please contact Cheri Black, SOM Registrar as soon as possible.

Step 3: Order Guest Tickets

Not everyone who graduates chooses to participate at Commencement. If you are planning to attend the School of Medicine’s Commencement / Hippocratic Oath ceremony, you must register online and order your guest tickets between Thursday, April 20, 2017 and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Up to ten (10) floor seating and ten (10) bleacher seating tickets will be available per M.D. graduate. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and only ticketed guests will be allowed into the Commencement venue. There will be no overflow viewing area. Please see your ceremony page for more information regarding tickets.

Commencement tickets ordered online between April 20 and April 28, 2017 will be available for pick up from Cheri Black at SOM Registrar, SOM Education Building, Student Affairs Office, Room 1682.

Ticket Distribution hours:
  • Wednesday, May 3: 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 4: 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 5: 9:00 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you are unable to pick your tickets up yourself, you may select one of the following options when you place your order:
  • You may designate a courier to pick them up for you. Your courier must show a valid ID when they pick your tickets up.
  • You may place your tickets on will call status, and pick your tickets up yourself when you arrive on campus for your ceremony. Will Call tickets will be available for pick-up 90 minutes prior to your ceremony start time at the Ticket Information Booth outside of the Student Recreation Center.

Step 4: Purchase your Cap and Gown

M.D. candidates: M.D. regalia packages (cap, tassel, hood, and gown) may be rented at for $76.45. School of Medicine ceremony organizers will pick your regalia up for you and will have it ready when you arrive for your ceremony.

Following the ceremony, you may keep the tassel, but rental caps, hoods and gowns must be returned. You may return your regalia anytime during the post-ceremony reception at the regalia return table located in the SRC South MAC gym, or you may return it to the UCR Campus Store during their regular business hours.

If you wish to purchase an M.D. hood, gown, and cap, you may purchase it through the UCR Bookstore. The cost for the hood is $122.00, gown - $205.00, cap - $39.00 and tassel - $7.98.

Step 5: Attend Grad Fair

Grad Fair will be held Tuesday, April 25 through Thursday, April 27 in HUB 302. At Grad Fair, M.D. candidates may choose class rings, graduation announcements and diploma frames. Please note that M.D. regalia will not be available for rental at Grad Fair. See information under Step 3 above regarding ticket distribution.

Grad Fair hours:
  • Tuesday, April 25: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Step 6: Attend the School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony on June 9, 2017

M.D. degree candidates will participate in the School of Medicine ceremony on Friday, June 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center North’s main gymnasium. Please arrive on campus no later than 3:00 p.m., and check-in at the Student Recreation Center MPR-C, 1st level, SRC North. School of Medicine ceremony organizers will have your regalia for you when you check-in. Refer to the School of Medicine ceremony page for additional details.

Step 7: 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.

Step 8: Diplomas

Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. You will receive a rolled up and ribboned copy of the Hippocratic Oath during the ceremony. For information regarding the distribution of diplomas, please visit the Registrar's website.

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