General Guest FAQ
Do I need a ticket?
Tickets are not needed for our ceremony. However, due to space limitations at Wilson Plaza, we are allowing up to four guests per graduate. 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.
Do I need to go through a COVID-19 verification process?
No. However, all guests are asked to complete a Daily Symptom Monitoring and Surveillance Survey before arriving at UCLA. When using the app, please select “Non-UCLA community member.
Guests 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/.
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.
What must I leave at home?
Please observe the following restrictions for our graduation celebration activities:
- No large hats or umbrellas
- No balloons
- No pets
- 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.
Where should I park?
The closest parking structure to Annenberg Stadium and 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 tickets in advance via Bruin ePermit System.
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.
Will there be anything to drink? Can I bring alcohol?
We want our guests to be comfortable, so there will be water dispensers and cups available at no charge at Wilson Plaza. 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.
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.