University of California, Riverside

Commencement



Virtual Rehearsal


Commencement 2015 Video Rehearsal

Graduating from the University of California, Riverside is a tremendous achievement and we recognize how important Commencement day is to our graduates.  You may have a lot of questions about where to go and what to do when you arrive for your ceremony, so in lieu of a live rehearsal, we have created this Virtual Rehearsal which can be viewed at any time from the comfort of your own home. This video is approximately 10 minutes long and is designed to take you step-by-step through the ceremony and answer all of the most common questions and concerns about the event.

View the Virtual Rehearsal

In addition to the Virtual Rehearsal Videos mentioned above, you will also find all of the same details outlined below.

Commencement 2015 Virtual Rehearsal Outline

Before Commencement

Graduate Arrival Time and Location

Graduates, if you are attending one of the ceremonies held on the Pierce Lawn you should arrive at the Student Services Building one hour prior to the start of your ceremony to check-in. Following check-in, you will proceed to HUB 302 for line-up.

Graduates, if you are attending the Graduate Division / Teacher Education Program ceremony, you should arrive at  the Student Recreation Center MAC gymnasium at 12:00 noon for check-in and line-up.

Name Cards

  • At check-in you will receive a pre-printed name card. This is the card that your name will be read from, so be sure to keep it with you.
  • Check your post-graduation address to make sure it is correct, and edit it if needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree candidates who are graduating with honors will have the honors pre-printed on your name card.

Tassels

Ph.D., Master’s Degree, and Teaching Credential candidates:
Please wear your tassel on the left.

Bachelor’s Degree Candidates:
Please wear your tassel on the right.

Hoods

Ph.D. & M.F.A. Candidates:
You will be hooded on the commencement platform by your research advisor, so bring your hood to the ceremony but do not put it on. During the procession and the ceremony, you will carry your hood over your arm.

Master’s Degree Candidates (with the exception of M.F.A. candidates):
Please wear your hood to the ceremony.

Line-up

  • All graduates should be checked in and ready for line-up no later than 30 minutes prior to your ceremony start time.
  • Read the instructions on the back of your name card, use the restroom and get a drink.
  • Assemble in the section assigned to your major.

Line-up Timeline 

30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time:
Verbal instructions will be given by the line-up coordinator

20 minutes prior to the ceremony start time:
You will be placed into procession lines by degree and major.

15 minutes prior to your ceremony start time:
The first procession line will leave for the Commencement area

Line-up Order

5 minutes prior to the ceremony start time, you will process to the Commencement area in order:

  • Ph.D. and M.F.A. recipients will line up first in the order in which they will be hooded. Your number will be indicated on your name card. It is important that you remain in order, since the hooding faculty members will be lined up in the same order.
  • Bachelor's, M.A., M.S., M.Ed., M.B.A., M.Fin. and M.P.Ac. degree recipients will be grouped and lined up by major.
  • Teaching Credential candidates will be grouped and lined up by credential subject.

The Order of the Procession

  • University of California Flag
  • Grand Marshal
  • Student Marshals
  • Ph.D. Degree Candidates
  • Master’s Degree Candidates
  • Bachelor’s Degree Candidates
  • Teaching Credential Candidates
  • California Flag
  • UCR Pipe Band
  • The Faculty Marshal
  • The Faculty of the University
  • United States Flag
  • The Official Party

What to do During the Procession

Remember the procession is like a parade, and you are in it, so carry yourself with dignity and smile, smile, smile – you will be in a lot of photographs! Make sure to stay within one arm’s length of the person in front of you and please, don’t interrupt the procession by stopping to talk or take photos. Staff will assist you into the appropriate seating row.


Graduate Seating

  • Seating is by degree and major.
  • A complimentary bottle of water will be underneath your seat.

Safety and Courtesy

Please:
  • Do remain seated during the ceremony except when instructed to stand so that you do not obstruct the view of those seated behind you
  • Do not stand in the aisles or on your chair at any time
  • Do use your cell phone before and after the ceremony
  • Do not talk on your cell phone during the ceremony – it is disrespectful to the speakers, and distracting and annoying to those seated around you who are trying to listen to the speakers
  • Do shout and cheer as your friends’ names are announced
  • Do not use air horns or other noisemakers at commencement - each graduate only gets a brief moment on stage and we want to be sure that everyone’s name can be heard clearly
  • Do come to commencement ready to celebrate and have a great time
  • Do not come to your ceremony intoxicated or under the influence - alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited on campus

The Program

  • The National Anthem
  • Introductions
  • University Address
  • Faculty Recognition
  • Salute to New Alumni
  • Student Commencement Address
  • Keynote Address
  • Conferral of Degrees
  • Individual Name Reading
  • Tassel-turning
  • The Alma Mater

The National Anthem

  • Graduates should stand during the National Anthem
  • Men should remove their caps

The Speeches

  • The commencement addresses are a long-standing tradition at UC Riverside
  • Please be quiet and respectful toward those who are speaking from the platform. Keep your cell phone turned off.

The Conferral of Degrees

  • Graduates will be asked to rise
  • The dean will present the graduates to the chancellor
  • The chancellor will confer the degrees
  • Graduates will sit back down until their row is dismissed to the stage for the individual name reading

Dismissal to the Platform

  • Graduates will be dismissed by degree and major, row by row, to the platform for the individual name reading
  • Don’t forget to bring your name card with you

Ph.D. Hooding

Please view this brief video for details and a demonstration on how you will be hooded at Commencement.  

  • After the degrees are conferred, the Ph.D. graduates will be dismissed to the platform. You will queue up in order on the right side of the stage.
  • Present your card to the name reader and when your name is announced, you will proceed to the center of the stage to meet the graduate dean and your adviser. Hand your hood to the graduate dean as indicated in the video mentioned above and then turn around so that your back is to the dean and your adviser and so that you are facing the audience.
  • The dean and your adviser will place your hood over your head. (You may wish to remove your mortarboard to make this easier.) Your photograph will be taken as you are being hooded.
  • After you have been hooded, shake hands with the dean and your advisor and proceed across the stage to shake hands with the chancellor and your college/school dean.
  • Descend from the stage via the ramp for another photo, and return to your seat.

M.F.A. Hooding

Please view this brief video for details and a demonstration on how you will be hooded at Commencement.

  • After the Ph.D. graduates have been hooded,  the Master’s graduates will be dismissed to the platform. M.F.A. graduates will queue up first, in order, on the right side of the stage.
  • Present your card to the name reader, and when your name is announced, proceed to the center of the stage to meet the graduate dean and your adviser. Hand your hood to the graduate dean as indicated in the video mentioned above and then turn around so that your back is to the dean and your adviser and so that you are facing the audience.
  • The dean and your adviser will place your hood over your head. (You may wish to remove your mortarboard to make this easier.) Your photograph will be taken as you are being hooded.
  • After you have been hooded, shake hands with the dean and your adviser and proceed across the stage to shake hands with the chancellor  and your college/school dean
  • Descend from the stage via the ramp for another photo, and return to your seat.

Master’s, Bachelor’s & Teacher Credential Name Reading

  • You will be dismissed row by row to the platform.
  • As you queue up off stage, your first commencement photo will be taken.
  • After ascending the stage, present your name card to the Name Reader. When your name is announced, proceed to the center of the stage to greet the chancellor, receive your certificate and have your second photograph taken.
  • After greeting the chancellor, proceed across the stage to shake hands with your Dean, and then descend from the stage via the ramp where athird commencement photo will be taken.
  • Descend from the stage via the ramp, and return to your seat.

The Tassel-turning

  • After all of the graduates have been recognized, the tassel turner will lead the bachelor’s degree candidates in moving their tassels from the right to left to symbolize the realization of their bachelor’s degrees.
  • Mortarboards should not be thrown, as they have rigid corners and could cause injury.

The Alma Mater

UCR’s Alma Mater is “Hail, Fair UCR.” This hymn was composed by UCR faculty members, Dr. Byron Adams, professor of music and the late Dr. Robert Wild, professor of physics.

The Recession

  • Please remain seated as the official party and faculty recess.
  • Graduates will be recessed to the HUB lawn area on the west side of the bell tower. Please make arrangements prior to your ceremony to meet your family and guests somewhere so that you can find each other easily.

Photographs

  • Proofs of the photographs taken at commencement by GradImages will be sent to your post-graduation address one week after the ceremonies. Proofs are also available online.
  • There is no obligation to purchase commencement photographs.

Diplomas

Diplomas will not be distributed at the commencement ceremonies.  You will be notified by the Registrar’s Office when your diploma is available for pickup; typically four months following your graduation date. For further information, please visit the Registrar’s Office 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
E-mail: commence@ucr.edu

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