On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced that UC Riverside will be holding limited, in-person Commencement activities for the graduating class of 2021 and 2020, consistent with public health guidance, assuming local SARS CoV-2 infection data do not worsen significantly between now and the end of Spring Quarter. Click here to see the Chancellor's full announcement. Graduates from the Classes of 2021 and 2020 will be provided the opportunity to sign up for blocks of time to walk cross a stage individually as their name is read, have their photo taken in academic regalia on stage, and exit the opposite side of the venue. This activity will take place Saturday, June 5 and from Saturday, June 12 through Monday, June 14. Please see the full schedule under "Schedule of Ceremonies" below.
Per Chancellor Wilcox's latest announcement on Friday, May 7, 2021, we are pleased to announce that the Chancellor is granting an exception to our current campus policy prohibiting visitors to allow each student to bring no more than two guests with them into the venue. Once inside, students will remain at all times with their guests, who will cross the stage with them and join for a professional photograph. These activities will still be livestreamed for family and friends to watch online. Click here to see the latest Chancellor's announcement made on May 7.
As previously described, participants will line up with households socially distanced and all individuals wearing face coverings, as required by campus and public health guidelines. To protect the safety and health of fellow students and guests, as well as staff and volunteers who assist with the events, all participants must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in, with a completed COVID Vaccination Record Card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unvaccinated individuals must arrive with a negative result from a SARS CoV-2 PCR test or rapid antigen test, performed no more than 72 hours prior to arriving on campus.
Consistent with California Department of Public Health guidance anyone who tests positive, is feeling ill, has symptoms of COVID-19, or has potentially been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, may not attend the graduation event and should follow public health recommendations.
Any student or guest traveling or visiting from outside California and who is not vaccinated should self-quarantine per public health guidelines. All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
Any student or guest who is not vaccinated and who has come in contact with anyone with COVID-19 must quarantine per public health guidelines. Any student or guest who has symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the event will not be able to attend the event, whether vaccinated or not. All attendees are expected to wash hands often or use hand sanitizer per CDC guidelines on the day of the Commencement activity.
The formal ceremony will remain as a virtual event, with remarks and greetings by university, Academic Senate, alumni, and student leadership delivered as a prerecorded program of approximately 30 minutes and released at the beginning of commencement weekend. Students and their families may watch this at a convenient time and enjoy a tassel-turning or hooding moment with their loved ones at home.
Students eligible to participate have been e-mailed their Intent to Participate form which confirms that you will be participating in this year's Commencement activities.
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Per the Chancellor's announcement on April 7, 2021, UCR is planning to hold limited, in-person Commencement activities for the graduating classes of 2021 and 2020. Remarks and greetings by university, Academic Senate, alumni, and student leadership will be delivered as a prerecorded program of approximately 30 minutes and released at the end of Spring Quarter. Students and their families may watch this at a convenient time and enjoy a tassel-turning or hooding moment with their loved ones at home.
Graduates from the Classes of 2021 and 2020 will be provided the opportunity to sign up for blocks of time to walk cross a stage individually as their name is read, have their photo taken in academic regalia on stage, and exit the opposite side of the venue. This activity will take place Saturday, June 5 and from Saturday, June 12 through Monday, June 14. Please see the full schedule here on the homepage.
Because there will be no academic procession or in-person program, UCR faculty members who wish to celebrate with the graduates may participate by volunteering to help staff these in-person activities. Faculty members without an assigned volunteer position will not be able to attend the in-person activities due to limited capacity and COVID guidelines. Please note, rental regalia is not required and will not be provided to faculty volunteers.
To protect the safety and health of all participants, our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, volunteers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before arriving at either venue. Those who are unvaccinated must have a PCR-based coronavirus test performed no more than 48 hours before coming to campus. Please click here for additional information.
If you have any questions, please contact Kodi Klein by email: Kodi.Klein@ucr.edu.