Celebrate UCR's 67th Commencement

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Important Deadlines

Jan 25, 2021
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Winter 2021
Feb 8, 2021
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Spring 2021
March 1, 2021
Bachelor's Grad App Deadline for Spring 2021
March 16, 2021
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Summer 2021
April 1, 2021
Bachelor's Grad App Available for Summer 2021
April 22, 2021
(Extended) Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Spring and Summer 2021
April 22, 2021
(Extended) Bachelor's Grad App Deadline for Summer 2021
May 5, 2021
(Updated) Intent to Participate Form Opens
May 17, 2021
Intent to Participate Deadline to select Name to Be Listed in the commemorative Commencement e-program and your Name to Be Read for your personalized graduate slide and in-person name reading.
May 27, 2021
(Updated) Intent to Participate Deadline to submit your completed form. The form will close at 11:59 p.m.

Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Commencement E-Programs

Please click on the links below to download the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Commemorative Commencement E-Programs. The commemorative e-programs recognize and list each graduate of the respective UC Riverside graduating class.

UC Riverside Class of 2020 E-Program

UC Riverside Class of 2021 E-Program

Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 In-Person Graduate Recognition and Name-Reading Livestreams

UCR Class of 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

UC Riverside Class of 2021, congratulations on your graduation!

The UC Riverside Class of 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies will begin on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Please see the links below and click on your respective College link to be directed to your Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Once the Virtual Ceremony pages are live at 5:55 p.m., please click the play button on your "Virtual Commencement Ceremony" video and get settled in for the program to premiere at 6:00 p.m. Please feel free to click on the "full screen" icon at the bottom right corner to watch the program full screen once the video has premiered.

Graduate Division Hooding Virtual Commencement Ceremony

School of Business Virtual Commencement Ceremony

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Virtual Commencement Ceremony

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Group 1 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Group 2 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Group 3 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Graduate School of Education Virtual Commencement Ceremony

School of Public Policy Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Commencement 2021

Welcome to the official Website for UC Riverside's 67th Commencement.

If you are a graduating student, congratulations on your achievement! You have worked hard to get to this point in your life and UC Riverside is honored to have been part of your journey.

Making this day a memorable occasion for you and your proud family members and friends is very important to UC Riverside, so we have developed this website for everything Commencement. 

Getting Started

Schedule of Virtual Ceremonies

 

School of Medicine Virtual Commencement and Hippocratic Oath Ceremony

Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. 
M.D. degree recipients
Location: Zoom Webinar
Click here for more information.

Class of 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies by College

Friday, June 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Graduate Division Hooding Ceremony
All Ph.D. degree and M.F.A. degree candidates
Click here to watch the Graduate Division Hooding Virtual Commencement Ceremony

School of Business 
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates 
Click here to watch the School of Business Virtual Commencement Ceremony

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences 
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates
Click here to watch the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Virtual Commencement Ceremony

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 1 
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, History and Political Science
Click here to watch the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Group 1 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 2
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Creative Writing, Dance, English, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, Hispanic Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Music, Religious Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Theatre, Film & Digital Production
Click here to watch the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Group 2 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 3
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology
Click here to watch the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Group 3 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Graduate School of Education
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates and Teacher Credential candidates
Click here to watch the Graduate School of Education Virtual Commencement Ceremony

School of Public Policy
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates
Click here to watch the School of Public Policy Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates
Click here to watch the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering Virtual Commencement Ceremony
 

Schedule of In-Person Graduate Recognition and Name-Reading Events

 

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

School of Medicine Photo Op
M.D. degree recipients
Location: University Theatre
Click here for more information.

Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Graduate Division
All Ph.D. degree and M.F.A. degree candidates
**NOTE: All in-person events will be touch-free, so graduates will not be hooded in-person**
Location: University Theatre
Click here to watch the Graduate Division in-person event livestream

Saturday, June 12, 2021

School of Business | 9:00 a.m.
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates 
Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium
Click here to watch the School of Business in-person event livestream

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences  | 4:00 p.m.
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates
Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium
Click here to watch the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in-person event livestream

Sunday, June 13, 2021

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 1 | 9:00 a.m.
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, History and Political Science
Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium
Click here to watch the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 1 in-person event livestream

Graduate School of Education and School of Public Policy | 1:30 p.m.
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates and Teacher Credential candidates
Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium
Click here to watch the Graduation School of Education and School of Public Policy in-person event livestream

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering | 5:00 p.m.
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates
Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium
Click here to watch the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering in-person event livestream

Monday, June 14, 2021

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 2 | 9:00 a.m.
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Creative Writing, Dance, English, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, Hispanic Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Music, Religious Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Theatre, Film & Digital Production
​​​​​​Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium
Click here to watch the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 2 in-person event livestream

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 3 | 4:00 p.m.
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates in the departments of Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology
​​​​​​Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium
Click here to watch the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) Group 3 in-person event livestream
 

Schedule of College Virtual Celebrations

 

Graduate School of Education Virtual Celebration

Friday, June 11, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom 
Students have been sent the invitation to register via Zoom.
Guests can watch the virtual event on YouTube Live using this link here.

CNAS Graduation Celebration

Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
LocationGuests can watch this live virtual celebration here or the CNAS YouTube page.  
CNAS graduates will be sent a Zoom link for the event.
Additional CNAS Departments Graduation Celebration Schedule is posted here.

Tradition & Symbols

 

The UCR Pipe Band

The UCR Pipe Band performs on the campus and surrounding community at formal and informal events, including parades, memorials, highland games, athletic events, alumni events, Chancellor's events and Commencement. The band encompasses a diverse group of musicians and performers offering a wide variety of Celtic music played on bagpipes and drums. Visit their website to find out more about the UCR Pipe Band.

The Regalia

In 1895, American Universities adopted a code for uniformity in academic dress. These codes, handed down from European academic ceremonies, represent different degree levels, field of study, and the institution from which the degree was earned. Each color, worn on tassels, hoods, velvet and satin trimmings, represents a specific educational discipline:

  • Arts, Letters, Humanities: white
  • Commerce, Accountancy, Business: drab
  • Economics: copper
  • Education: light blue
  • Engineering: orange
  • Music: pink
  • Philosophy: dark blue
  • Public Administration: peacock blue
  • Medicine: green
  • Science: golden yellow
  • Theology: scarlet
  • Social Work: citron

The Seal of the University of California

UCR Seal

The present seal, designed by Tiffany and Company, has been used since 1910. The seal incorporates symbolic icons and phrases that represent the image of the University. Symbols used include:

  • The open book, which symbolized the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge.
  • The letter "A", representing the beginning of wisdom.
  • The five-pointed star above the book represents the discovery and sharing of knowledge.
  • The University motto, "Fiat Lux", or "Let There be Light", displayed on a scroll, represents the coming of light and knowledge in to the world.

The Chancellor's Medal

Chancellor's Medal

The Chancellor's Medal is worn at ceremonial observances as a part of the chancellor's regalia. At the center is the University of California seal. The back of the medal displays the names of the campus' chancellors and year he or she was inaugurated.

 

 

 

The UC Riverside Mace

UCR mace

The academic mace, first used in the 14th century, is descended from the club of Hercules. The scepter on the mace stands for lawful power and regal authority, and was carried by Zeus, the Greek God of moral law and order.

Most academic maces take the same general shape. At the top is an ornament placed on a bulbous head; ring-shaped enlargements are found on the shaft; and the base is a round, foliated ornament.

The UC Riverside Mace was first suggested by Ramon J. Rhine, Chair of the Academic Senate, to represent the dignity and history of the campus. Professor Emeritus George Helmkamp designed and constructed the ceremonial mace, with Eugene L. Ethridge of the Chemistry Department contributing metal work.

The UC Riverside mace was hand crafted with inlaid woods, with the head and shaft made out of Hawaiian Koa wood. The light inlaid wood is Yellow Fir from Canada, and the dark inlays are Desert Ironwood  collected by Professor Helmkamp throughout Southern California. The mace has ornaments at the top and the base. The base is in the shape of a citrus fruit, representing UCR's Citrus Experiment Station. The top   ornament is the bear of the State of California. Seals of California and the University are mounted on opposite sides of the mace's head. Below the seals are the mottos of California and the University, respectively,   along with the years 1850 (the year California was admitted in to the Union), and 1868 (the year the University of California was founded).

UC Riverside Alma Mater

Singing

Professor of Music Byron Adams joined the UCR faculty in 1987 and was dismayed to discover that the university did not have a school song. To promote school spirit and engender institutional pride, Adams held  an informal competition for the text of the song and selected the verses written by the late Bob Wild, a beloved physics professor. He then set forth to create "Hail Fair UCR".

"I sat down one beautiful winter afternoon and, inspired by the hills surrounding the university, the bell tower and the orange groves, composed Hail Fair UCR," he said. "It is meant to be sung in full - every word   and every note - at Commencement and other solemn, and not so solemn, university events."


Zoom Backgrounds for Celebrations


We have created UCR Zoom backgrounds that you can use for any Zoom celebrations with your friends and family! Please feel free to download any of our Zoom backgrounds below.

Zoom Background 1 - Bell Tower

Zoom Background 2 - Bagpiper 

Zoom Background 3 - Pipe Band

Zoom Background 4 - Stage


UCR Class of 2021 Lawn Signs


Show your support for the UCR Class of 2021! Honor your graduate or show support for the Class of 2021 by displaying a custom lawn sing in your yard. Choose one to print at home or send to a local vendor to celebrate our graduating Highlanders!

Class of 2021 Lawn Sign - 8.5" x 11"

Class of 2021 Lawn Sign - 12" x 18"

Class of 2021 Lawn Signs - 18" x 24"