General Information

Academic Dress

Cap and Gown Rental

Graduates must wear appropriate apparel in order to participate in commencement ceremonies. Academic apparel may be rented from the UC Davis Stores. Gown rental includes the cap and tassel, and is available a la carte or with purchase of a Grad Pack, which include other items at discounted prices. Gowns and Packs must be pre-ordered in advance online. Rental pricing is based on date of order, with prices increasing as the ceremony date draws closer.

Online Pre-order:

  • Online Pre-Order is available from October 1, 2016 through the commencement ceremony date, December 10, 2016. Please visit the UC Davis Stores website  for more details to access the Online Pre-Order System

Gown and Grad Pack Pickup in the lower level of the Memorial Union

  • Tuesday - Friday, December 6-9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5;00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10, late gown pickup will be available at the ARC Pro Shop beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Gown Rental Fees:

Gown Rental Fees (based on date of payment):
Please note: Gown rental includes the gown, cap, and tassel
Bachelor gown rental $53.00
Ceremony Tassel alone $5.00
Ceremony Cap alone $10.00
Late Fee for all orders placed after Nov 20th: $15.00

NOTE: Gown Rental is free if purchasing a Souvenir Grad Pack.

See the UC Davis Stores website for details and pack pricing.

Returning Caps and Gowns

Gowns must be returned immediately following your commencement ceremony. The gown collection station will be located in front of the ARC or in the lobby of the ARC in the case of inclement weather.

Late Fee: Gowns not returned either at the ceremony or to the Memorial Union location of the UC Davis Stores by the Monday following the ceremony will be assessed a late return fee of $5.00 for the first week, increasing in increments of $5.00 each week.

Purchase of Regalia

The UC Davis Stores also offer commencement apparel for sale to students, alumni and faculty. See the UC Davis Stores Website for pricing and information, or e-mail questions to the UC Davis Store’s Commencement Coordinator

Wearing Academic Dress

Academic dress is mandatory for graduates and the university reserves the right to refuse admission to students who do not comply with this requirement.

The cap is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear. Undergraduates who have not yet received a degree wear the tassel forward and to the right. After the degree is awarded, the tassel is shifted to the left. Those receiving postgraduate degrees wear their tassel to the left, signifying the possession of an academic degree.

All Davis graduates wear UC Davis blue gowns with gold piping.

It is customary for those wishing to demonstrate respect for their country to remove their caps during the national anthem or when the U.S. flag is passing. Lightweight clothing is usually worn under the gown. Coats are not necessary for men, but a shirt and tie improve the appearance of the gown.

The bachelor's gown has pointed sleeves and at UC Davis is worn without a hood.

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Accommodations/Visitor Links

Out of town guests are encouraged to make reservations for accommodations early as commencement events mean more people will also be visiting the area. Check the sampling of local hotels in and around Davis as a place to start. Also, is a great resource to find local restaurants.

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Admission to the Ceremony

UC Davis students, faculty, family and friends of graduates are welcome to attend the commencement ceremony as space allows. Students must register for the ceremony in order to be eligible for tickets. Admission tickets are required for the ceremony except for children under the age of two. An email notifying you of availability to print  your tickets will be sent the week of November 28, 2016. Undergraduate students who have registered to participate through the website by October 14, 2016 deadline should receive at least 7 tickets.There is no charge for tickets to commencement; university policy prohibits the selling of commencement tickets for money or commercial value, and violations will result in referral to Student Judicial Affairs. Tickets will be distributed only to students who registered by the deadline.

Safety inspections by UC Davis Aggie Host Security Officer personnel are done as guests enter the Pavilion. a safety inspection is a concurrent visual. bag, or pat-down check done with implied consent. We screen for items to advocate for crowd safety. We also inspect for restricted items based on venue or campus policy in addition to State and Federal law.

For those unable to attend the ceremony, it is webcast live!


University and College awards are presented at the June commencement ceremonies held by the individual colleges or division.


There will be one UC Davis Undergraduate Fall Commencement ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in the Pavilion. The ceremony will last approximately two hours and will include short addresses by distinguished speakers, the conferring of degrees and the recessional.  Pavilion doors open one hour before the ceremony.

The ceremony will begin promptly with the entry of candidates and academic procession. Members of the official party will sit on stage; candidates and faculty will be seated in chairs on the main floor facing the stage.

Each graduate will be presented on stage, receive a certificate and return to his or her seat. The stage party and faculty lead the recessional, followed by the graduates.

Specific directions for assembly will be included in each participant’s ticket envelope.

The ceremony is webcast for your viewing pleasure.

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Class Rings

Class rings are available throughout the academic year at the UC Davis Store.

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Commencement Program

All undergraduate colleges issue one commencement program, listing:

Names of students, who registered through their college website by the indicated deadline, provided the student meets the eligibility requirements as indicated by their school or college will have their name printed in the program.

Commencement programs can be pre-ordered on line through the bookstore, but are not available for  pick up until the day of the ceremony. If you can not attend the ceremony, you can pre-order your program and have it held at the bookstore for pick up at a later date.

Families and friends of the 2016 graduates from the colleges —purchase your commemorative commencement program today! Graduates, you will receive a complimentary program at the ceremony. Programs will also be sold on the day of the ceremony.  Cost is $10.00.

Graduation Announcements

The UC Davis Stores sell official UC Davis commencement announcements, blank notes, thank-you notes, envelope seals and certificates of appreciation. For personalized announcements, please allow one week for shipment. Personalized announcements may be purchased via the UC Davis Stores website. If you have questions, or for more information, please e-mail

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Conduct During Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is a time to celebrate and enjoy your achievement. It is also a time to reflect on that achievement and to acknowledge the help and support provided by family, friends, faculty and staff. You are asked to honor the spirit of this important occasion by conducting yourself in a manner that is respectful of your guests and the guests of others, of your fellow graduates and of yourself.

Any student perceived as being under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be detained or removed from the ceremony by staff and/or security for further investigation.

Violations of this policy will result in your being removed from the hall and denied permission to participate further in the ceremony. Thank you for your help in making this day meaningful to all.

University policy prohibits the unlawful use, sale, distribution, dispensing, or possession of alcohol or of controlled substances by students on University premises and official University functions. Students shall not use illegal substances or abuse legal substances in a manner that impairs scholarly activities or student life. (Adapted from UCD P&P Manual Chapter 380, Section 18) Students violating this policy may be excluded from privileges and activities when there is reasonable cause to believe that their conduct 1) threatens the safety of themselves and others on University property or at University functions; and/or 2) disrupts the orderly operation of the campus. (Adapted from UC Board of Regents Policy on Student Conduct & Discipline)


You may have your diploma mailed to you when it is ready, four months after the end of the quarter in which you completed your degree requirements (about four months after the commencement ceremony for those graduating in December). If you choose not to have it mailed, please contact the Office of the University Registrar at (530) 752-3639 before visiting to ensure the diploma is ready. Remember, they take a minimum of four months to prepare. Diplomas are held for pick-up for five years. If you don't pick up the diploma within five years of graduation, you may request a "re-issued" diploma, which will cost $27.50 for domestic address and $36.00 for international address. These diplomas will bear current gubernatorial, chancellor and dean's signatures.

A certificate commemorating the ceremony is presented to each participant at commencement.

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Any student who will receive a degree in March 2016 or June 2016, or who expects to receive a degree in Sepetember 2016 or December 2016, and who has not already participated in the Spring 2016 commencement ceremony, is eligible and welcome to participate in the Fall commencement ceremony. Your graduation application will ensure that your name appears in the commencement program.

If you have completed the units required by your college or school by the end of summer quarter, you need to file on-line to participate in the ceremonies through your college. You still must file a graduation application on-line for the term in which you will graduate during the appropriate filing periods.

While students graduating in September or December may participate in the Spring commencement ceremonies, you are encouraged to participate in the Fall undergraduate ceremony, closer to the completion of your studies. Typically a smaller ceremony, the Fall commencement ceremony allows for students to invite more guests.

All students in the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science must also register online to participate in commencement ceremonies. See Registering to Participate.

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Food and Refreshments

While on campus there are a number of restaurants for you to choose from.  From all-you-can-eat dining rooms, to quick service eateries, you're sure to have great food and exceptional service!  For a complete list of dining locations, visit

Starbucks at the ARC is open before, during and after the commencement ceremony for your convenience.

Water and some snacks are availabe in vending machines are located within the Pavilion.

Graduation Announcements

The UC Davis Stores sell official UC Davis commencement announcements, blank notes, thank-you notes, envelope seals and certificates of appreciation. For personalized announcements, please allow one week for shipment. Personalized announcements may be purchased via the UC Davis Stores website. If you have questions, or for more information, please e-mail the UC Davis Store Commencement Coordinator.

Information and Assistance

The Welcome Center will be open Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To make special accommodations for graduates or guests at commencement ceremonies, see Special Accommodations section under General Information.

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Parking is free in designated areas for those attending the activities. Directional signs reading "Commencement Parking" are placed at all entrances to the campus. For commencements held at the Pavilion, a portion of Lot #25 is reserved for vehicles displaying disabled person placards or plates. See the campus map or the Pavilion map for convenient parking areas. We will have golf carts available to assist limited mobility guest from the parking lots.


Photos taken by family or friends will be permitted from their seats or from the designated photo areas available during the ceremony. Tripods will NOT be allowed into the Pavilion. Photos may be taken outside of the Pavilion after the ceremony.

GradImages is the official photographer for our commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and e-mail within three to five days after graduation. After you register with GradImages, they will provide you with the information needed to deliver your proofs to you. Providing an accurate mailing and e-mail address will allow them to send your proofs to you on the first try. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages may be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or at

Portrait photography is available through a local photographer contracted by the UC Davis Bookstore. For on-campus sitting dates and package pricing, please see

Special Accommodations

Each college can offer special seating arrangements for candidates with mobility problems and arrange for sign language interpretation for those with hearing impairments. Please write or call your commencement coordinator as far in advance as possible to explain your needs.

Special accommodations for guests with mobility problems include shuttle service to and from parking lots, a tent outside Pavilion where elderly and disabled guests may sit while waiting for Pavilion to open, its north east entrance within closer walking distance that allows the elderly and those with disabilities to enter the Pavilion accompanied by one other member of their party. Disabled seating sections are available for guests with limited mobility or who use a wheelchair (who may be accompanied by one other member of their party). There are reserved limited mobility sections in rows E & F or sections 201, 206, 207, 213, 214, 219, 220 and 226.

For those guests with limited/no hearing, assisted listening devices may be picked up in the Pavilion Guest Services Center (located at the NE Lobby corner in the Pavilion) and/or sign language interpretation can be arranged. Please contact the Commencement Coordinator of the specific school/college to arrange for sign language interpretation.

Please note: UC Davis does not provide wheelchairs.

Student Speaker for Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Graduating seniors may apply to be the student speaker at the Fall commencement ceremony.

If you are selected to be the student speaker, you will be seated on stage during the ceremony, will have the opportunity to have pictures taken by a professional photographer, and are eligible to receive additional commencement tickets (based on availability) with VIP reserved seating.  Your name will be printed in the program and you will be given an introduction by the presiding Dean. Your speech must be 3-5 minutes in length.

To qualify students must:

Be enrolled and in good academic standing.

Have a minimum of 150 units completed by the end of Summer Quarter 2016.

Must be in good academic standing.

Have registered to participate in Commencement.

Application Procedure:

Download the commencement student speaker application

Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2015

Applications may be emailed to

They may also be dropped off to Jennifer Voight, College Letters and Science, or mailed to Jennifer at the College of Letters and Science, One Shields Avenue; Davis, CA, 95616.  Applicants will be contacted to arrange for an initial interview.

Past Student Speeches:

iTunes link:
Note: when you first open this you will see only 20 of the most recent videos in the list, but after subscribing, you can get all 62.

Kaltura (campus video portal) link:

YouTube playlist link:

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