Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 16, 2023
4:00 p.m.
Wilson Plaza
Reception to follow

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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?

Where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Where do I return my rented gown and hood?

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.


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

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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

Student FAQ for June 16, 2023 Commencement

Do I need a ticket?

Do my guests need tickets?

Do I need to go through a COVID-19 verification process?

Will there be lots of traffic?

Where do I park?

Is there special seating for my wheelchair-bound guests?

When do I need to be at the Anderson complex?

What should I wear underneath my gown?

What side does my tassel go on?

I’m an honors student. Will I receive any special recognition?

Where should I line up for the ceremony?

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

Can I bring alcohol?

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

How long is the ceremony?

Where should I return my gown and hood?

How can I view my graduation photos from GradImages?

Guest FAQ for June 16, 2023 Commencement

Do I need a ticket?

What will the weather be like?

Are there any security concerns?

What should I wear?

Will there be a lot of traffic?

Where should I park?

Is there special seating for my wheelchair-bound guests?

When do I need to be at Wilson Plaza?

Is there shade at Wilson Plaza?

Is there reserved seating?

Can I bring balloons?

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

Can I photograph and videotape the event?

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

Are there restrooms at Wilson Plaza?

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

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

How long is the ceremony?