University of California, Riverside


Information for Family & Friends


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

Guests who are sensitive to heat and sun may view the ceremony in University Lecture Hall or Watkins 1000. 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. 

Live Webcast

Each of UCR's Commencement ceremonies will be webcast live. A link to the webcast will be provided from the Commencement home page.

Provisions for Guests with Disabilities

  • 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.

Directions and Parking


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


Starting on Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17 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 18 and Tuesday, June 19 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.

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 2018 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 are as follows:

  • Friday, June 1, 2018
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 15, 2018
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 16, 2018
    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018
    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 18, 2018
    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

UCR Dining Hours

The UCR Dining hours for Commencement weekend will be announced during Winter Quarter.

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