If you missed the first survey to provide your ticket preferences for the fall in-person ceremonies, please complete this survey.  You will be asked for your preferences for ceremonies that still have tickets available.

When this new survey has been processed, you will receive a notification indicating your ceremony and how many guest tickets you will receive.  You will also be prompted to respond to a questionnaire to begin the process of claiming your tickets.

If you completed the initial ticket preference survey, you have already received a MyUCLA Notification with information about your tickets. Please submit the questionnaire that appears as a link in the notification, so that your tickets can be released for you to claim. Your tickets cannot be traded for other ceremony dates and times. Please note that you continue to have the option of waiting until June 2022 to attend commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020, if you cannot join us in the fall. You can indicate that decision by not claiming your assigned fall-ceremony tickets or by stating this intention during the ticket-claiming process (that process will be explained in the MyUCLA Notification). More information about the June 2022 ceremonies will be available during January 2022.

Please check below to find answers to frequently asked questions and to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to participate in the 2020 Commencement ceremonies this fall.


PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR CEREMONY INFORMATION (UPDATED JULY 2, 2021)


Dear UCLA Class of 2020:

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring, we promised graduates in the Class of 2020 that we would honor them with in-person commencement ceremonies as soon as it is safe to do so with their families and friends present. Today, we are writing to share information about UCLA Class of 2020 in-person ceremonies, the first of which will take place in early fall of 2021.

On June 22, 2021, the College will announce the dates when we will hold the first of these in-person ceremonies for your graduating class, as well as how many ceremonies will be offered on those days. We will also announce at that time when and how to request tickets. The ceremonies will be held indoors on the UCLA campus, during weekends (days and evenings), at Royce Hall – where we had hoped to celebrate your accomplishments at the end of spring 2020. They will be livestreamed as well. These ceremonies will operate under campus safety guidelines and possibly under restrictions from the California State Department of Public Health. Confirmation of vaccination or a health waiver for both participating graduates and their guests may be required. We hope to share those details soon.

Undergraduate and master’s-level degree recipients from all departments and programs in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, the UCLA International Institute, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, the UCLA School of Nursing, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television are invited to participate in the ceremonies if they received their degrees in fall 2019, winter 2020, spring 2020, and summer 2020. If you completed your degree in fall 2020 and received approval for a special inclusion petition to participate in the 2020 College Commencement, you will be included, too. Initially we will be able to offer four free tickets to each graduate for family and friends. Depending on the indoor location on campus, more tickets may be available upon request during the ticketing period.

The ceremonies are being developed based on feedback from the survey of UCLA College graduates we conducted in the spring of 2020. There will be an individual recognition with names read as the graduates cross the stage, and we plan to offer the opportunity for all graduates at these ceremonies to celebrate with faculty representing their academic area. We will closely follow the style of the smaller ceremonies that were held in person before the pandemic at which individuals were recognized; however, all ceremonies will be open to every member of the Class of 2020 (bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients) without regard to the degree or program completed (i.e., there will be no ceremonies held for separate departments, programs, or professional schools). A professional photographer will be present to record the moment each graduate crosses the stage.

Caps, gowns, and sashes will be available for order in advance of the ceremonies, and an announcement about the ordering process will be posted on June 22. Our goal is to be flexible and to invite our graduates to celebrate in business attire, in caps and sashes, or in other regalia combinations if they prefer not to wear gowns. What we want most is for you to gather with us at one of these ceremonies with your family and friends. That was our promise to you in spring 2020, and we intend to honor you in this way.

Please note that the number of ceremonies held will depend on the demand for them, and dates after fall are being considered for additional ceremonies. After we have held ceremonies for the Class of 2020, we will hold similar in-person ceremonies for the Class of 2021, which will remain separate from those offered to your graduating class. Any questions you may have about these ceremonies will be answered after June 22. Thank you for your patience as our planning process moves forward.

Sincerely,

David Schaberg
Senior Dean of the College
Dean of Humanities

C. Cindy Fan
Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement

Tracy Johnson
Dean of Life Sciences

Miguel García-Garibay
Dean of Physical Sciences

Darnell Hunt
Dean of Social Sciences

Adriana Galván
Dean of Undergraduate Education

Eileen L. Strempel
Inaugural Dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Jayathi Murthy
Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean of the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

Linda Sarna
Dean of the UCLA School of Nursing

Brian Kite
Interim Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television


CEREMONY INFORMATION

Can I participate? You are invited to participate if you are a member of the Class of 2020 and have received your bachelor’s or master’s-level degree from the UCLA College of Letters and Science, the UCLA International Institute, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, the UCLA School of Nursing, or the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and your degree must be posted in the student records system with one of the following terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020. If your degree is posted with Fall 2020 as the term, you need to receive a special inclusion petition (SIP) to participate as a member of the Class of 2020. If you have received a SIP already, you can participate as a member of the Class of 2020. Technically, the Class of 2021 includes graduates who completed their degrees in Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021, and in-person ceremonies are being planned for the Class of 2021.  More information about those 2021 events will be available in the coming months and will be posted on a page similar to this one.

What about COVID? The campus does not yet know what the COVID conditions will be in Los Angeles County this fall; therefore, the plans made for these ceremonies may have to change if restrictions are imposed by the public health authorities. As the ceremony dates approach, we will continually update this site with the most-current information regarding these ceremonies and any rules that the campus and our ceremony participants must follow.

Where and when are the ceremonies?  All ceremonies will be held in Royce Hall. The dates of the ceremonies are as follows:

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Either one, two, or three ceremonies will be offered each day, with ceremonies available in the morning, afternoon, and/or evening.

An additional ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be offered during commencement weekend in June 2022, for graduates who cannot attend a ceremony this fall.

How do I get my tickets? On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, a link will appear at the top of this page to lead eligible graduates to the ticket preference survey. This survey will be available for one week, and then it will close. A limited number of graduates will have access to the survey at any time, to avoid crashing the survey system because too many graduates access it at once. On the survey you will be able to request one FREE ticket for yourself (to a single ceremony) and up to four FREE tickets for your guests at the ceremony. You will also be able to indicate how many additional FREE guest tickets you would like to receive if any are available. On the survey you will provide four preferences for your ceremony: Your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choice date and time.

After the survey closes on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, a lottery will be held to determine which ceremony choice each graduate receives. Given demand per ceremony, the number of guest tickets each graduate receives will be determined. Your odds in the lottery are the same whether you complete the preference survey on the day it opens or on the last day it is available, so please complete it before the deadline, but also please be patient: It may take several attempts for you to successfully enter the system and submit your response. If all four of your preferred ceremonies are full, you will be assigned to a ceremony where there is space available.

On July 16, 2021, a MyUCLA notice will be posted to your account with your assigned ceremony and how many guest tickets you will receive. In August, your mobile (electronic) tickets will be sent to you via email — both your graduate ticket and your guest tickets — and you will be able to distribute your guest tickets to your family and friends, one ticket per guest.

How can I be a student speaker or musical performer at one of these ceremonies? The College has selected undergraduate student speakers for a few of the ceremonies already. In the coming weeks, we will post information on how to audition to be a student speaker or singer/musician for the available ceremonies. The music performed will be the National Anthem and the Alma Mater (“Hail to the Hills of Westwood”), and singers/musicians will be scheduled to perform either one or both of the songs at the ceremonies. Student speeches must be no more than four minutes long.

What can I wear to the ceremony? Graduates can choose to wear business attire — or they can wear the traditional gown — along with any combination of UCLA regalia. If you have your cap, sash, and other regalia from spring 2020, you can wear it for the ceremony. You can also order regalia starting July 25, 2021, at Graduation Essentials.

Where can my guests and I park for the ceremony? Parking information will be posted on this page at the beginning of August.

Am I on the email list for these ceremonies? There are no plans to send any further email announcements about these ceremonies. If your degree has been awarded, if it was posted with one of the correct terms for you to be in the Class of 2020, and if it was awarded by one of the participating academic areas of campus, you will be able to request tickets (see above: “Can I participate?”). All information about the ceremonies will be made available on this page, and the heading at the top of the page will indicate when the page was last updated. Regardless, please be certain to keep your email address up to date in MyUCLA, because your tickets will be sent to the email address that we have in our records. Check your email account’s spam or junk folder when you expect to receive the tickets in August.

I’ve read this page thoroughly, but I have a question. Whom can I ask? This webpage is updated with all of the available information about these ceremonies as it becomes available. The event organizers can be reached in Message Center at the following links for student questions and public questions.

Why aren’t you offering individual ceremonies for each major and degree program? Our goal is to provide our graduates with equity in the experience of these ceremonies – meaning all ceremonies will include the same celebratory moments – as well as equity in the opportunity for all graduates to participate. To ensure all ceremonies are similar, the College plans to hold them in the same venue. If we were to have program-level ceremonies, this decision would require some very large departments to hold multiple events to accommodate all of their participating graduates, and as a consequence, their graduates could choose from multiple ceremony dates and times. All other programs would need to be grouped with other majors and degrees to fill their time slot, and students in these smaller programs would have only one date and time offered for their celebration. If these small-program graduates (and their families and friends) are not available at their ceremony’s only time, they would be excluded from celebrating in person. Consequently, there would be inequity in participation when comparing the opportunity provided to graduates from larger vs. smaller departments. The College, which includes the largest majors/programs on campus, could not offer intimate ceremonies to a specific list of very small programs but offer larger, combined ceremonies to everyone else. That approach would create inequity in the experience of our graduates.