MBA, EMBA, FEMBA, Ph.D. Commencement

Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony

 
Friday, June 14, 2024
4:00 p.m.

Caps and Gowns

Each graduate must order their cap, gown and hood online from Graduation, Etc. The website and ordering will open on April 1st and orders must be placed no later than May 19, 2023.

How do I order my cap and gown?

Each graduate must order their cap, gown and hood online from Graduation, Etc. (website link:  https://www.uclastore.com/students/students-graduation-resources/graduation-essentials?page=1). The website and ordering will open on April 1st and orders must be placed no later than May 19, 2023.

Cap & Gown Rentals
The rental fee for the master’s degree cap, gown and hood is $44.90 (tax included) and Ph.D. regalia rental fee is $47.09 (tax included). Online ordering begins April 1 and students must place their rental orders no later than May 19, 2023.

Cap & Gown Purchases
Purchase prices begin at $307.00 and orders must be placed by Friday, April 8.


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Where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Orders may be picked up as early as May XX at the Student Cap & Gown distribution center at Ackerman Union (Level A) 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. M-F, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. on Saturday; closed Sundays. Please be sure to take your student ID with you for verification. For other questions, you may contact the UCLA Store at (310) 825-2587 or (310) 206-2884

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Where do I return my rented gown and hood?

Immediately following the ceremony’s conclusion, a Graduation Etc. representative will be at the reception to proves gown and hood returns (you may keep your mortarboards and tassels). If you are unable to drop off your grown and hood that day, you have until June 17 by 5:00 p.m. to return them to the Graduation Etc. Store in Ackerman Union before a $50 late fee is applied.

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Stage Instructions and Ceremony Photography

 
Students during commencement 2021

Doctoral Candidates

Each doctoral candidate and his/her dissertation will be announced by the director of the doctoral program on stage, and their photos will be taken. Doctoral candidates will return to their seats on stage after being hooded.

EMBA/FEMBA/MBA Candidates

Ushers will indicate to all graduates when to stand and when to walk towards the stage. Names will be called from both the left and right sides of the stage. Each graduate will first be photographed near the base of the steps leading to the stage.

After your initial photo has been taken, proceed to the stage and hand your reader card to the name reader on your side of the stage (please do not stop to shake the name reader’s hand). Your name will be announced as you walk towards center stage where you will accept a certificate commemorating the day from either Dean Bernardo or the commencement speaker (depending on which side of the stage you are located). Shake hands with the one who is stationed on your side of the stage and pause briefly for another photograph then descend the center stage staircase and return to your seat. To avoid a back-up of graduates on stage, continue walking as you are being photographed.

Parking & Directions

For Driving Directions to UCLA Anderson Please Click Here.

Pre-paid commencement parking permits will be available at Transportation & Parking Services lobby beginning April 24, 2023 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or on commencement day for $14.00.

The UCL Central Ticket Office is also selling pre-paid permits after May 23, 2023 and is open Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

By purchasing your permits in advance, you and your guests can avoid the expected long payment lines at parking kiosks the day of commencement. We recommend parking in Lots 3,4 and 7, the closest lots to the ceremony. Parking permits may be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Parking Permits

UCLA Transportation & Parking Services (main office)
555 Westwood Plaza, Suite 100
310-794-7433

Guest FAQ for June 16, 2023 Commencement

Do I need a ticket?

No tickets are needed for our ceremony, and there is no limit on the number of guests, so come one, come all. 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?

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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Are there any security concerns?

Although UCLA does not anticipate any security problems during the graduation celebration, we are constantly monitoring the events to protect the safety and security of our guests. Please observe the following restrictions for our graduation celebration activities:

  • No large bags, backpacks, large purses or items larger than 12” X 12”
  • No firearms, knives, explosives or other weapons
  • No cans, coolers or other containers, except in cases of medical need, as certified by a physician
  • No artificial noise-makers, air horns or megaphones
  • No large signs, flags, poles, banners or laser pointers
  • No promotional items with commercial slogans or identification
  • No food or drink, except bottled water
  • Inspections of small receptacles (e.g., bags) might be required as you enter event venues.
  • These policies are subject to change without notice.
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What should I wear?

There’s no dress code for this event, although we suggest that guests dress for comfort and for weather changes. Please do not wear any large hats or bring any umbrellas. We want everyone to be able to see the ceremony.

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Will there be a lot of traffic?

You can count on it, so we ask that you allot extra time to travel to campus.

 

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Where should I park?

The closest parking structure to Wilson Plaza is Lot 4, which is located on Westwood Plaza just south of Sunset Blvd. You can purchase tickets in advance via Bruin ePermit System.

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Is there special seating for my wheelchair-bound guests?

There will be house staff on-site who can assist with seating needs for any wheelchair-bound guest.

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When do I need to be at Wilson Plaza?

We ask that guests be seated 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. The processional of our graduates will start shortly thereafter, with the ceremony itself beginning at 3:00 p.m. and concluding by 3:45 p.m.

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Is there shade at Wilson Plaza?

Sorry, but there is no shade at Wilson Plaza. Guests should dress accordingly. Bring sunscreen, but please do not wear any giant hats or bring any umbrellas. We would like everyone to be able to see the ceremony.

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Is there reserved seating?

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?

We understand that balloons are festive and celebratory, but guests sitting behind you may not think so. 

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

Sorry, but pets are not allowed at the ceremony. They can, however, watch it live from the comfort of their beds via our livestream.

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Can I photograph and videotape the event?

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

Professional photographers from GradImages will be photographing 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 photographs.

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

Bottled water (as well as soft drinks and snacks) may be purchased at one of the UCLA Store locations throughout 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?

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

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How will I see my loved one on stage from so far away?

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

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I can’t attend in person. Will the event be broadcast live? Can I view it later?

Yes to both! Guests can watch the ceremony live from the comfort of their homes. The live ceremony will be broadcasted here on the day of the event.

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How long is the ceremony?

We estimate that the ceremony should take approximately 45 minutes.

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Student FAQ for June 16, 2023 Commencement

Do I need a ticket?

Do my guests need tickets?

There are no tickets needed for our ceremony, and there is no limit on the number of guests, so come one, come all. 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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Do I need to go through a COVID-19 verification process?

No. However, all grads are asked to complete the Daily Symptom Monitoring and Surveillance Survey before arriving at UCLA. When using the app, please select “Non-UCLA Community Member”.

Everyone must adhere to masking and COVID-19 vaccination verification protocols issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and UCLA. These protocols are subject to change without notice, so please visit their websites to familiarize yourself with current requirements: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ and https://covid-19.ucla.edu/information-for-visitors/.

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Will there be lots of traffic?

You can count on it, so we ask that you allot extra time to travel to campus.

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Where do I park?

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. You can purchase a parking permit in advance via the Bruin ePermit system.

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Is there special seating for my wheelchair-bound guests?

There will be house staff on-site who can assist with seating needs for any wheelchair-bound guest.

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When do I need to be at the Anderson complex?

Graduates need to be at UCLA in their full regalia no later than 2:00 p.m. Do not arrive at the Anderson complex with your regalia still wrapped in the Graduation Etc. package. Take a steam iron to it at home, and then carefully get dressed in it when you exit your vehicle at campus.

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What should I wear underneath my gown?

There’s no dress code for the graduation celebration (other than your cap, gown and hood). After the ceremony concludes, you should return your gown and hood to Graduation Etc., so make sure you’re wearing something appropriate underneath.

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What side does my tassel go on?

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. Will I receive any special recognition?

Your name will be given special notice in the program.

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Where should I line up for the ceremony?

Immediately after your class photo is taken at the bottom of Janss Steps at 2:15 p.m., make your way over to the south walk (between Anderson and Kaufman) to line up for the processional.

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

Sorry, but pets are not allowed at the ceremony. They can, however, watch it live from the comfort of their beds via our livestream.

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Can I bring alcohol?

While we understand that the consumption of alcohol may help enhance the celebratory mood of the day, it is not allowed at our ceremony. 

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My name is difficult to pronounce. What should I do?

If your name is not easy to pronounce, 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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How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony should end around 3:45 p.m.

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Where should I return my gown and hood?

The staff from Graduation Etc. will be at the south entrance to Collins Center immediately after the ceremony concludes. If you don’t turn it in on the 8th, you’ll have to come back to campus the following week and drop it off at the Graduation Etc. office in Ackerman Union.

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How can I view my graduation photos from GradImages?

GradImages will email you at the address you provide on your reader card, so make sure you print it. Log in to the GradImages website and enter your last name, followed by "UCLA" and "2020" in the lower sections, and you should see your photos.

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