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2015 Commencement Ceremony

UC San Diego has a long tradition of holding separate commencement ceremonies for each of the undergraduate colleges. Sixth College's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 5:00pm on RIMAC FIeld.

Please check back with this page often, as we add more information as the Commencement date draws near.

Sixth College Commencement Apparel

Purchase your graduation essentials as well as some other great Sixth College apparel online at the Sixth College E-Store. Merchandise can be picked up in the Sixth Collge HUB on the 2nd floor of Pepper Canyon Hall. Items can be purchased at the Sixth College E-Store.

Due to merchandise subsidies, Sixth College apparel is only available to Sixth College students. If you are a parent, family member, or friend that would like to purchase Sixth Collge apparel for a Sixth College student please contact the Sixth College E-Store at sixthstore@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5953 to coordinate pick up information. Your Sixth College student will need to pick up the merchandise. 

Purchase your stole and tie in time for the Commencement ceremony. Please note, the dated stole is only available for purchase through Friday, May 15th. The teal ties will be available in both plain teal and with the Sixth logo printed on it. 

Dated StoleSixth Teal Tie Plain

Student Eligibility

  • Students who will have completed 135 units by the end of Winter 2015 may participate in commencement. 
  • Participation in the commencement ceremony is voluntary, and does not impact a student's degree conferral.
  • Students who would like their name to appear in the commencement program, must register by the deadline Thursday, May 1, 2015. Students must indicate whether or not they would like their name included in the commencement program at http://degree.ucsd.edu. Students who miss the May 1st deadline may still participate in the ceremony, but will not have their name included in the program.
  • Students who are not graduating Fall 2014 - Summer 2015 may still participate in the ceremony and have their name in the commencement booklet. Please go to the “Graduation” tab in the Virtual Advising Center for more information
  • See our Graduation Checklist.

Exception Requests

Students must petition for approval to participate in another college's commencement.

Submit your written exception request via e-mail by midnight Friday, May 15, 2015,with supporting documents described below, to commencement@ucsd.edu. You will be notified in writing of the committee's decision. Please visit the Exception Requests page for a list of exceptions considered by the committee.

Student Participation

Student Commencement Speaker

The commencement committee is seeking a student speaker for this year’s Sixth College Commencement. On that day, a special opportunity will exist for one graduating senior to speak about UCSD, the college experience and his or her hopes for the future of the graduating class. Members of the graduating class are invited to apply to be considered for the role of student speaker.

Application Deadline is Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Send your application to sixthcat@ucsd.edu, and include the following items:

  • Subject line on the email MUST BE  “commencement speaker”
  • A cover email with your name, local address, and local phone number.
  • The draft for a speech of no more than five minutes (2.5 pages double-spaced). It should be complete, though revisions of the chosen speech may be suggested by the committee.
    • Your name should not be on the draft itself.

Students whose speeches are selected for final consideration will be asked to present their speeches orally to the committee, and eligible students will be informed of available audition times.

The selection committee will use the following criteria to rank speeches in the order of preference:


  • Embracement of the spirit and mission of Sixth College
  • Creativity and originality
  • Inspirational tone
  • Rhetorical effectiveness
  • Clarity of message
  • Quality of thought and expression appropriate for achievement of bachelor’s degree


  • Stage presence (confidence, poise, eye contact with audience)
  • Enunciation, articulation and projection
  • Rhetorical skill
  • Evidence of practice and preparation

Please avoid profanity or overtly political messages.

Student National Anthem Performer

All Sixth College students in good academic standing are invited to audition.

Application Deadline Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Auditions will be held April 6-8.

To register for the audition:

  • Email sixthcat@ucsd.edu
  • Subject line on the email MUST BE “anthem performer”
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Statement about your experience performing music (no more than a paragraph)
  • Short Essay (200-400 words) on what performing at the commencement means to you, and why the committee should select you

Once you have registered you are eligible to audition for the selection committee. Vocalists should be prepared to sing a capella, without amplification. Instrumentalists should provide their own instruments and any necessary amplification. 

The chosen musician will be selected for their overall appeal, considering the following factors: Short Essay, familiarity with the National Anthem and performance ability, including poise, clarity, and pitch.


The Sixth College Leadership and Service awards are designed to recognize students whose undergraduate careers have included distinguished accomplishments in leadership, service,  involvement, and academic achievement.  Please see below for award descriptions.

Students who would like to be considered for these awards will need to submit a complete application by Friday, April10th, 2015 at 11:59pm. Unless otherwise noted, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to be considered for these awards.

As part of the application, a resume and letter of reference in PDF format will need to be submitted. In addition, please be prepared to answer 2 essay questions.

You can start the application, save it, and come back to it if needed.

Call for Nominations: Provost Award

This award recognizes the Sixth College graduating senior whose academic coursework or faculty-mentored research best exemplifies the college’s commitment to exploring the intersections of culture, art, and technology.  Criteria will include: 1) academic excellence, 2) commitment to experiential learning or public service, 3) contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion in communities on or off campus.

Candidates must have a letter of nomination from a faculty instructor or teaching assistant and a personal statement (1-2 pages).

To nominate a student, please email Ethel Regis Lu at erlu@ucsd.edu by Friday, April 17th.  

The Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service

The Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence, outstanding leadership, and significant service contributions to Sixth College through academic and/or co-curricular activities.  The award recipient will have demonstrated leadership and active participation within the Sixth College community.

The Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award

The Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award is awarded to a graduating senior who has 1) achieved academic excellence (minimum of 3.0 GPA) and 2) has brought distinction to Sixth College and UCSD through leadership, service, civic engagement, and involvement in the campus and San Diego community. 

Outstanding Transfer Student Award

The Outstanding Transfer Student award is awarded to a graduating senior who has made significant contributions to the Sixth College and UCSD transfer communities through outreach and demonstrated leadership to meet the specific needs of transfer students on the UCSD campus. 

Oceanids Service and Leadership Award

The Oceanids Service and Leadership Award is awarded to a student in Junior class standing (90 credits completed) who has demonstrated leadership and service to the UCSD campus community at the college or campus-wide level.  Examples of such service might include, but are not limited to, significant contributions  of service to UCSD through student organizations, Athletics, campus-wide Advisory Boards, or student government.



  • No tickets are required for guests. There is no limit on number of guests.
  • All graduates must have a ticket to gain admittance to their college's commencement ceremony. Tickets are issued by the Bookstore at the time of cap and gown rental.
  • Family members applying for Visas: If you have a family member or guest who will be traveling from another country in order to attend your commencement ceremony they may need proof that you are graduating and that is the reason for the Visa Application. If you are an international student, please contact the International Center for assistance.

    If you are not an international student, Sixth College can supply a letter written and signed by the Dean stating that you will be participating in a commencement ceremony.  Please send in an email to sixthfrontdesk@ucsd.edu stating your First and Last Name, and PID number. You will be notified when the letters are complete and when you can pick them up from our office. You will be responsible for mailing the letter to your family member - our office will NOT send the letter internationally to your guest.

Caps, Gowns and Graduation Announcements

  • UCSD's Bookstore provides cap and gown sales and referrals for personal announcements. Caps, gowns, and ceremony tickets will be available for pickup at the bookstore beginning June 1st through June 14th during regular business hours.  The cost is $99. Please bring a photo ID and/or your PID #. If you've purchased one of the Triton Grad Packs, please bring the cap & gown paid voucher.

For Disabled Students and Guests

Commencement is an exciting day for our graduates to share with their families and friends. We hope that the following information will help guests with special needs to enjoy the day with their graduate.

  • Disabled parking for those with handicap placards will be available in the Hopkins Parking Structure. Please follow the parking attendants' directions and have your placard easily viewable.
  • The commencement site is approximately 1/4 mile from the parking lot. We regret the university is not able to provide wheelchairs for guests. The first/last chair of each row may be removed to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • ASL interpreters will be on stage throughout the ceremony.
  • There is limited shaded seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. This seating is available to those in need and one additional guest.

Please contact our office at (858) 246-0428 for any other special arrangements to accommodate your guests' needs.

Arrival Time/Parking

  • Allow at least an hour to park and arrive at the commencement site.
  • Parking for commencement is free and plentiful, but heavy traffic is expected. No permits required. You will be directed by an attendant when you arrive on where to park. Check back closer to the date of the ceremony for updated parking information.
  • Graduates must report to the Spanos field (west of the Spanos Athletic Training Facility north of RIMAC) by 4:00pm sharp on Sunday, June 15, 2014, with a Bookstore-issued ticket
  • Guests should be seated in the RIMAC field (north of the RIMAC Arena) by 4:30pm for the best view of the stage.

Commencement Ceremony

  • Sixth College's ceremony will include a processional of faculty and students, remarks by the Provost and Chancellor, presentations and awards, a senior student address, a commencement address, the presentation of our graduates, and a recessional.

  • The ceremony will last about two hours.
  • To show respect for all graduates, please remain seated until all graduates have crossed the stage and recessional has begun.
  • Watch the weather forecast, afternoons near the ocean can range from very warm to quite cool. Seating is outdoors, mainly in unshaded areas. Depending on the weather, it is recommended to bring sunscreen, a hat, and an extra layer of clothing.
  • Please do not bring your graduate any leis that contain alcohol. Graduates will be asked to remove anything containing alcohol before and during the ceremony.
  • Please note: No animals allowed. Service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome.


  • Guests should use a powerful zoom lens to memorialize this special day, as they will not be able to get close to the stage to take a photo.
  • Photos will be taken of students as they cross the stage. Students will receive a proof photo a few weeks after commencement, and may decide then whether to order prints and enlargements.
  • Graduates may also elect to have a professional senior portrait snapped in advance at the UCSD Bookstore.

Commencement Booklet

  • All students who wish to have their name in the Commencement Booklet, and are eligible, must go to http://degree.ucsd.edu and verify that their name is in our system for the displayed majors to be printed in the booklet.

We are excited about this upcoming joyous occasion!

  • Seniors should check their @ucsd email for announcements about commencement.
  • For additional campus information, see the UCSD Commencement web site.
  • For information about accommodations in the San Diego region, see the Visitor Guide to UCSD.
  • For more information, contact Sixth College.
  • Graduating seniors are invited to participate in a number of celebrations.
    • The Sixth College Graduate Reception is a college tradition. This year's reception will be held on June 5, 2015 at the Faculty Club from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Contact Us

Pepper Canyon Hall (map),
2nd Floor
Phone: (858) 534-9001
Fax: (858) 822-5999

Mailing Address

Sixth College
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0054
La Jolla, CA 92093-0054

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