Celebrate UCR's 65th Commencement

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Important Deadlines

Jan 28, 2019
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Winter 2019
March 1, 2019
Undergraduate Grad App Deadline for Spring 2019
March 16, 2019
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Summer 2019
March 27, 2019
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Spring & Summer 2019
April 1, 2019
Undergraduate Grad App Available for Summer 2019
April 10, 2019
Undergraduate Grad App Deadline for Summer 2019
April 18, 2019
Intent to Participate Available
May 6, 2019
Intent to Participate Deadline to be printed in souvenir Commencement book.

Commencement 2019

Welcome to the official Website for UC Riverside's 65th Commencement to be held May 31 - June 1 and June 14 - 19, 2019.

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

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

Graduate School of Education and School of Public Policy graduates, please plan to arrive 1 hour 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 your ceremony. To ensure everyone’s safety, security staff will be performing bag checks at each venue entrance. All bags are subject to search.

Gates will open for guest eating 1 hour prior to the Graduate School of Education and School of Public Policy Ceremony.

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 ucr.marchingorder.com. 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. 

Parking

Starting on Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16 complimentary commencement parking is available in all parking lots EXCEPT Lot 6, 19 and residence hall Lots 14, 15, 21 and 22. On Monday, June 17, 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 empty 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 on complimentary copy when they check-in for their ceremony.

Commencement Virtual Rehearsal

In lieu of a rehearsal ceremony, we have created UCR Commencement's Video 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.

Gift for Your Grad
The Class of 2019 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!

Leave Your Legacy

Leave your mark at UCR by making a contribution to the 2019 Senior Class Gift Campaign. Generations of Highlanders before you helped pave the way for the class of 2019 by giving back to UCR through philanthropy and service.

Help us get 100 grads to make a gift - at any amount - before Commencement!

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.

 

Getting Started

Schedule of Ceremonies

 

Friday, May 31, 2019

6:00 p.m. School of Medicine - Commencement / Hippocratic Oath Ceremony
M.D. degree recipients
Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium

Saturday, June 1, 2019

9:00 a.m. Graduate Division Hooding Ceremony
All Ph.D. degree and M.F.A. degree candidates
Location: Student Recreation Center North, main gymnasium

Friday, June 14, 2019

6:00 p.m. School of Business
Master's and Bachelor’s degree candidates
Location: Pierce Lawn

Saturday, June 15, 2019

8:00 a.m. College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Master's and Bachelor’s degree candidates
Location: Pierce Lawn

6:00 p.m. College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Group 1
Master's and Bachelor’s degree candidates in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, History and Political Science
Location: Pierce Lawn

Sunday, June 16, 2019

8:00 a.m. College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 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, Interdisciplinary Studies, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Music, Religious Studies, Theatre, Film & Digital Production
Location: Pierce Lawn
 
6:00 p.m. College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Group 3
Master's and Bachelor’s degree candidates in the departments of Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology
Location: Pierce Lawn
 

Monday, June 17, 2019

9:00 a.m. Graduate School of Education and School of Public Policy
Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates and Teacher Credential candidates
Location: Pierce Lawn

6:00 p.m. Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering
Master's and Bachelor’s degree candidates
Location: Pierce Lawn

Tickets
 


2019 Commencement Ticket Information

To ensure adequate seating all ceremonies will be ticketed. All guests attending must have a ticket for entry. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.

The actual number of guest tickets available to each candidate will depend upon the number of candidates attending each ceremony. Please visit your ceremony webpage for information specific to your ceremony.

UCR Commencement tickets are the property of the University and are issued to participating graduates at no charge. The sale, purchase, or duplication of Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. 

Ordering Tickets

If you file your graduation application on time (see your checklist for deadlines) and are approved by your College/School or the Graduate Division to participate at Commencement, you may register for Commencement online via the Intent to Participate form. A link to the Intent to Participate form and login instructions will be emailed to eligible students starting Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

Starting May 15, 2019, please log back into Marching Order to order your guest tickets. Please note that the maximum number of tickets available vary by ceremony and ticket ordering is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Each student is guaranteed the maximum number of tickets for their specific ceremony.

Once you submit your ticket order, you will be given the option to either print or electronically distribute your tickets via email. Each ticket will have a unique barcode and may only be scanned once for admittance. Duplicate tickets will be denied entrance. 

Please note, you will no longer be able to order the maximum number of tickets for your ceremony after Monday, June 3, 2019. We will be distributing unclaimed tickets as additional tickets to other students beginning, Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Commencement Ticket Distribution

When you order your UCR Commencement tickets, you will be given the option to either print or electronically distribute your tickets via email. Each ticket will have a unique barcode and may only be scanned once for admittance. Duplicate tickets will be denied entrance. 

Additional Tickets

Information regarding the availability of additional tickets will be announced via e-mail on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Information for Guests

 

Directions and Parking

Directions

UC Riverside is located near the convergence of the 91-60-215 freeways in the city of Riverside.

Parking 

Student Recreation Center Ceremonies (May 31 - June 1, 2019): General guest parking is available in Lot 13. Parking for guests who require mobility assistance is available in Lot 24. Shuttles will be available to transport these guests to and from the Commencement venue.

Pierce Lawn Ceremonies (June 14 - June 17, 2019): Starting on Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16 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 17 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.

Please visit the Commencement Parking and Directions site for more information on parking or refer to the 2019 Commencement Parking Guide

Seating and Protocol

Tickets and Seating

Tickets are required for entrance to all UCR Commencement ceremonies. Please see the Tickets page for more information. Seating for all ceremonies is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Indoor Simulcast & Live Webcast 

Guests who are sensitive to heat and sun may view the ceremony in University Lecture Hall or Watkins 1000 for the Pierce Lawn ceremonies. These lecture halls have climate-control and will show a live video-feed of the ceremony on a large screen. No tickets are required for entrance into these locations. 

In addition, each of UCR's Commencement ceremonies will be webcast live. Links to each ceremony's webcast will be provided on the Commencement home page.

Provisions for Guests with Disabilities

  • Student Recreation Center Ceremonies (May 31 - June 1, 2019): Parking for guests who require mobility assistance is available in Lot 24. Shuttles will be available to transport these guests to and from the Commencement venue.
  • Pierce Lawn Ceremonies (June 14 - June 17, 2019): 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.
  • The university does not provide wheelchairs. If you or a family member attending needs the assistance of a wheelchair, we urge you to use your own or rent one to bring to campus for the day.
  • An American Sign Language interpreter will be present at each ceremony.
  • If you are an individual with a disability, or you are inviting a guest who needs special assistance, and have additional questions about Commencement, please email Laura Blevins or call (951) 827-3144.

Audience Courtesy

UCR is very proud of the accomplishments of each and every student, so we want the ceremony to be a pleasant experience for everyone. This time-honored ritual includes traditional academic regalia and requires proper decorum. We ask you to respect the rights and feelings of other participants and guests by remaining in your seat until all of the graduates have been recognized and the ceremony has concluded. In consideration of the speakers, the graduates, and so that guests' views of the platform are not obstructed, no air horns, beach balls, balloons, signs of any size or other distracting objects will be allowed into the venue. Pagers and cell phones should be turned off or to silent mode during the ceremony. Please consider the safety of others and do not stand in or block the aisles or walkways of the venue.

Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on university property.

Overnight Accommodations

Many Riverside area hotels offer special rates to UCR visitors. Please inquire about receiving a UCR rate when you make your reservations. Visit the Riverside Convention Bureau web site for a list of area hotels.

For Your Safety

Although UC Riverside does not anticipate any security problems during Commencement, we will be taking special measures to ensure the safety of everyone who attends Commencement.

The following items are prohibited on campus:

  • Tobacco products
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Weapons of any kind including firearms and knives
  • Drones (UAS - Unmanned Aircraft Systems) or other model aircraft
  • Animals except for service dogs

Security will be screening at the venue.

These policies are subject to change without notice.

Gifts for your Graduate

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. Participating graduates will receive one complimentary copy when they check-in for their ceremony.

The Class of 2019 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

The UCR Campus Store will be open for Commencement and offers a wide selection of UCR gear, memorabilia and gift items. Store hours for Commencement weekend will be announced during Winter Quarter.

UCR Dining Hours

The UCR Dining hours for Commencement weekend are as follows:

Friday:
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Subway: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Habit: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Scotty's at HUB: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Subway: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Habit: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Scotty's at HUB: CLOSED

Monday:
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Subway: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Habit: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Scotty's at HUB: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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."

Download a PDF of the music and lyrics of the alma mater.