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Commencement 2014


UC San Diego has a long tradition of holding separate commencement ceremonies for each of the undergraduate colleges. Sixth College's Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, June 15, 2014, at 5:00pm at RIMAC field (map).

Student Eligibility

  • Students who will have completed 135 units by the end of Winter 2014 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, 2014. 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 2013 - Summer 2014 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.

Caps, Gowns and Graduation Announcements

  • UCSD's Bookstoreprovides cap and gown sales and referrals for personal announcements.
  • Sixth College graduation stoles are the perfect addition to your graduation regalia! The stoles are white with teal embroidery. Stoles may be purchased at the Sixth College Hub, Pepper Canyon Hall, second floor (while supplies last). More information to come!

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.


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

Student Participation

Student Commencement Speaker

Student Commencement Speaker 2014

The commencement committee is seeking a student speaker for this year’s Sixth College Commencement on Sunday, June 15th, 2014. 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 5pm Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5pm.

Send your application to crcondliffe@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 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 speeches will be judged in two main categories: content and delivery. 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

We encourage graduates to submit a speech, and to be as creative as they wish. Your message should be clear and relevant to the occasion and the audience. Please avoid profanity or overtly political messages.

Student National Anthem Performer

National Anthem Performer 2014

The Sixth College Commencement Committee is seeking a student singer or musician to perform the National Anthem for this year’s Sixth College Commencement on Sunday, June 15th, 2014, to be held outdoors on the RIMAC field. All Sixth College Students in good academic standing are invited to audition.

Auditions will be held in Pepper Canyon Hall – Academic Programs (exact audition times TBD)

You must register to audition by Friday, April 25, 2014.

  • Email crcondliffe@ucsd.edu 
  • Subject line on the email MUST BE “anthem performer
  • Name and 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 to perform at commencement.

Once you have registered you are eligible to audition for the selection committee. Specific times and dates to be announced after registration. 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.


This spring, Sixth College will recognize during its Commencement exercises four graduating Sixth College students whose undergraduate careers have included exceptional accomplishments characterized by leadership, service, and involvement.

Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service

Sixth College recognizes with the Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or service to Sixth College, UCSD, and/or the greater San Diego community. The award consists of an engraved plaque and includes a monetary prize funded by Sixth College.

Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award

Sixth College recognizes with the Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award a graduating senior who (1) has achieved academic excellence and (2) has brought honor and distinction to the College and UCSD through leadership, involvement, and/or services activities. The award consists of an engraved plaque and includes a monetary prize funded by the UCSD Alumni Association.

Oceanids Service and Leadership Award

Sixth College recognizes with the Oceanids Service and Leadership Award a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College and the University community. The award consists of an engraved plaque and includes a monetary prize funded by Oceanids.


Sixth College recognizes with the START award a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the transfer student community. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a monetary prize provided by Sixth College.

The selection committee seeks nominations for these awards. To nominate a graduating senior, complete the online nomination form by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 11th, 2014. Self-nominations will be accepted.

If you have any questions about these awards, please contact Diane LeGree, Dean of Student Affairs, at dlegree@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5953.

Arrival Time

  • 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. 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.

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.


  • 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 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, in June, 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 note: Accredited Guide Dogs and/or Service animals for people with disabilities are permitted (with Service License) but must be on leash at all times and muzzled, if necessary. No other animals are permitted.

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. Save the date: Wednesday, June 4, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Faculty Club (map).

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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