Guests FAQs

 

Do we 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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What will the weather be like?

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June in Los Angeles is usually quite warm, with daytime highs in the upper 70s to mid-80s. Mornings can be chilly with the typical Southern California "late night and early morning low clouds". The campus at UCLA is fairly large and we recommend wearing comfortable shoes. You should dress in layers or wear a light jacket or wrap that can be easily removed as the temperature rises. Please visit www.atmos.ucla.edu for current weather conditions.

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What should I wear?

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There's no dress code for this event though we suggest that guests dress for comfort and for weather changes. Please, no large hats and definitely no umbrellas. After all we want everyone to be able to see the ceremony right?

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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 UCLA. 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 drop-off my passengers before parking?

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Yes, provided space is available. The nearest drop-off location to Wilson Plaza is near the entrance to Structure 4. Out of consideration to others we ask that drivers not use this area as a parking space. Once your passengers are safely unloaded please move onto your parking destination.

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Where is the closest parking lot?

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The closest parking structure to Wilson Plaza is Lot 4 which is located on Westwood Plaza just south of Sunset Blvd. All parking lots and structures on the UCLA campus will be open and staffed throughout Commencement Weekend. Parking is $12 per vehicle. Oversized vehicle parking is available at Lot 36 at the corner of Wilshire and Veteran Boulevards. Pre-paid parking permits may also be purchased in advance either from the UCLA Central Ticket Office (CTO) or from UCLA Parking Services.

Don't forget to take note of the parking lot and level that you parked on. UCLA has many parking lots and structures and all structures are multi-level complexes. We suggest that you write down the lot and level number of where you parked. Or better still, take a photo from your smartphone of the area. This will help you find your way back to your car.

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Are there provisions for guests with disabilities?

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Yes, Wilson Plaza is ADA-compliant. 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 wilson plaza by?

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We ask that guests be seated no later than 3:30 p.m. The processional of our graduates will start shortly thereafter with the ceremony itself beginning at 4:00 p.m. and concluding by 6:00 p.m.

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Is there shade at wilson plaza?

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Sorry, but there is no shade at Wilson Plaza. Guests should dress accordingly. Bring sunscreen but no giant hats and no umbrellas please. We would like everyone to be able to see the show, right?

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Is there reserved seating?

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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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Can I bring balloons?

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While balloons are allowed at outdoor venues, sometimes the person sitting behind you will be most appreciative if you leave the balloons in your car. We understand that balloons are festive and celebratory; perhaps they are better presented at dinner or at home.

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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 here.

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Can I photograph and videotape the event?

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Why of course! All we ask though, for fire and life safety reasons, is that you not bring tripods.

Professional photographers from GradImages, Inc. Photography, will be on hand to photograph each graduate at the ceremony. They will email each graduate within a few days with links to their website where pictures will be available for purchase.We think you'll be impressed with the quality of these professional photographs so there's no need to squeeze past the barricades of the student seating area to take that one special photo. We insist.

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

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We want our guests to be comfortable so there will be water dispensers and cups available for no charge at Wilson Plaza. Bottled water (as well as soft drinks and snacks) may be purchased at one of the UCLA Storelocations throughout the campus.

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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Are there restrooms at wilson plaza?

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There are no portable restrooms. However Kaufman Hall, which is just north of Wilson Plaza, will have restrooms available on the 1st floor of their main entrance (best for ADA accessibility) as will the Student Activities Center building on the opposite side of Wilson Plaza. The Anderson School restroom facilities will also be available though they will be a bit of a trot from Wilson Plaza.

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Can I bring a stroller?

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Why yes. Out of consideration for others however, we ask that strollers not be left in aisles or walkways.

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How will I see my loved one 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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Can I have more programs?

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Each family will be provided with one program from the house staff when they arrive. You'll be welcome to take any extras after the ceremony ends.

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What will you be serving at the reception afterwards?

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Guests will be able to toast to their grad's 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 many 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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