Student FAQs

 

Do my family/guests need tickets?

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There are no tickets needed for our ceremony and there are no limits on the number of guests so come one, come all. Aside from a roped-off section for our VIP guests, grads and dignitaries, all seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Saving seats will be allowed as space permits.

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I won’t be finished with my studies until fall. Can I still participate?

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Yes you can. Please make sure you bring this to the commencement director's attention so your name will appear in the printed program.

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Will there be lots of traffic to/from campus?

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You can count on it so we ask that you allot extra time to travel to campus. Undergrads will be moving out of the dorms AND there will be other graduation ceremonies and celebrations occurring so many guests will be arriving throughout the day - and most won't be familiar with campus.

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Can I use my parking pass that day?

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Yes, as long as you have paid for the month of June you'll be fine.

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Is there special seating for my wheelchair-bound guests?

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Wheelchair-bound guests may sit at the end of rows. There will be house staff on-site who can assist with removing seats at the ends of rows to facilitate accessibility.

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When do I need to be at the anderson complex?

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Graduates need to be at the Anderson complex in their full regalia no later than 2:45pm. Please don't arrive to the Anderson complex with your regalia still wrapped in the Grad Etc. package. Take a steam iron to it at home then carefully get dressed in it when you exit your vehicle at campus.

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Do I need to wear my cap and gown for the class photo?

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Of course you do. The last thing we want you to do is get dressed while the rest of your class boos you for holding up their photo op.

And speaking of photo op: Please note that you will be facing into the sunlight for your class photo so try to adjust your eyes by removing your sunglasses before the photo is taken.

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What should I wear underneath my gown?

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There's no dress code for commencement (other than your cap, gown and hood). After the ceremony concludes you should turn your gown and hood back to Grad Etc. so make sure you're wearing something appropriate underneath for the reception afterwards.

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What side does my tassel go on?

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Your degree tassel is always worn on your left side. When in doubt remember that you wear your degree over your heart.

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I’m an honors student. Does the anderson school give me any special recognition?

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Your name will be given special notice in the program.

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Where will we line up for the ceremony?

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At 3:15 make your way down the main steps to the south walk (between Anderson and Kaufman) to get lined up for the processional. MBA students will stand in the line closest to the Anderson complex. FEMBAs will be across the aisle. Don't get in the wrong line!

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Do we walk in alphabetical order? By height? Can I stand with my friends?

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We want you to enjoy your day so get in line with the classmates you want to sit with. Just make sure you're in the same line as the rest of your class!

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Can I bring my pet with me? She’s really cute!

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Sorry but pets are not allowed at the ceremony. They can however watch it live from the comfort of their bed from our live broadcast at here.

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What do we do when the national anthem is sung?

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Everyone should remain standing during the singing of our national anthem and men should remove their mortarboards and put them on again immediately afterwards.

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Will there be anything to drink? Can I bring in alcohol?

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We will have a bottle of water at each of the seats of our degree candidates. There will also be water dispensers and cups available at Wilson Plaza for our guests. And while we understand that the consumption of alcohol may help liven up the celebratory tone of the day; it is not allowed at our ceremony and is best left at home.

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How will everyone see me on stage from so far away?

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Through the miracle of electronic media there will be two giant screens (one on either side of the stage) which will broadcast the ceremony for all to enjoy.

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People say my name is hard to pronounce. What should I do?

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If your name is not easy to pronounce by others please make sure to print it phonetically and legibly in the section provided on the reader card located on your seat.

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What time will the ceremony end?

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The ceremony should end around 6:00 p.m. Afterwards everyone is welcome to a reception immediately following to celebrate your success.

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Where do I return my gown and hood afterwards?

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The staff from Graduation Etc. will be onsite at the reception to check in the regalia after the ceremony concludes. If you don't turn it in that evening, you'll have to come back to campus the following week and drop it off at the Grad Etc. office in Ackerman Union.

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What will you be serving at the reception afterwards?

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Guests can toast to your success with Prosecco and non-alcoholic beverages and nibble on an assortment of crackers, cheeses, veggies and other appetizers.

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How long does the reception last?

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There is no formal structure to the reception and guests may leave when they wish though start making their way to their cars around 7:00-7:30pm to continue the celebrations elsewhere.

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Can I get a copy of the ceremony?

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Sorry, but copies of the ceremony are not available for purchase nor download. The broadcasts will be available on our YouTube Channel

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Why can’t I find my graduation photos from gradimages?

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GradImages will email you based on the information provided on your reader card so make sure you print clearly. Log into the GradImages website and type in your last name where asked followed by UCLA and 2018 in the lower sections and you should see your photos.

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When do I get my diploma?

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The Registrar's office will mail out diploma information approximately six weeks at the end of your degree term (winter graduates will receive their information in June; spring graduates will receive their information in August). Diplomas can be picked up in person at the Registrar's office approximately three months after you graduate (winter graduates can pick up their diploma in June; spring graduates can pick up their diploma in September/October). If you would like your diploma mailed to you, go to UCLA's Graduation & Diploma, download and print out the form. Fill in the required information and send it to the address on the form along with your choice of payment options.

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