Read about 2017 commencement
Friday, May 12, 2017
Beginning at 3:30pm
Commencement lasts about two hours, and is immediately followed by an informal reception in an adjacent quad.
Held in Dickson Court North
Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Paul J. Watford '94, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read more
Students: Please check the Graduation Checklist for important updates and deadlines
View the 2016 Commencement Videos
Tickets are not required. There is usually sufficient seating available for all of your family and friends and there is unlimited standing room. However, we recommend early arrival in order to secure seats in the shade, especially if your guests are sun-sensitive.
Commencement is held outdoors, in Dickson Court North (adjacent to Perloff Hall) so hats, visors, water, and the use of sun-block are highly recommended. Umbrellas and balloons will not be permitted as they will block the view of others.
CAMPUS FACILITIES AVAILABLE ON COMMENCEMENT DAY
The law building will be open from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Flowers will be available on Commencement day at a stand located near Dickson Court North. On Commencement day, Jimmy’s Coffeehouse at LuValle Commons will be open from 7:00am to 6:00pm. LuValle Store will be open from 7:30am to 5:30pm. (Hours subject to change)
Many nearby hotels offer UCLA Commencement-related discounts. For a list of nearby hotels, visit the UCLA Commencement website. For reservations or information about the UCLA Guest House, call (310) 206-3751 or visit http://www.guesthouse.ucla.edu/. Please note that we do not investigate, endorse, or guarantee any of the hotels or motels mentioned.
Parking is available in Parking Lot 2 and Parking Lot 3 for a $12 charge per vehicle (amount subject to change). Parking staff will be stationed at the entrances to both parking structures to assist you purchase a parking pass. Please visit the parking information kiosk located on the corner of Hilgard and Westholme in order to ask for directions or to resolve any parking-related issues. From Parking Lot 2, walk north on Charles E. Young Drive toward the law school until you reach Dickson Court North, to the left of Dodd Hall. From Parking Lot 3, walk south on Charles E. Young Drive toward the law school until you reach Dickson Court North located next to Dodd Hall. Both parking structures are equidistant to the commencement ceremony location.
GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES
A $6 parking permit will be available for disabled persons with valid DMV-issued disabled placards (red or blue) by visiting the parking information kiosk located on the corner of Hilgard and Westholme, which will enable you to park in disabled spaces on the perimeter of Dickson Plaza. Guests without disabled placards but who are elderly and/or mobility-impaired may purchase vehicle permits for a $12 charge per vehicle (amount subject to change). Parking for disabled or elderly persons is also available in Lot A, which is behind Murphy Hall. The entrance is just past the Faculty Center on Charles E. Young Drive. Inform the attendant at the Westholme parking kiosk that special parking is needed, and s/he will direct the vehicle to the appropriate gate.
A sign language interpreter will be provided.