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Sixth College Commencement


Congratulations Class of 2021!

This has been an academic year unlike any other. Throughout the pandemic, you have demonstrated resilience, adaptability and a willingness to try new ways of engaging. You have affirmed UC San Diego’s mission — showing us, with optimism and courage, that we must work together to shape an innovative and equitable future.

Graduates will have the opportunity to attend ceremonies in person on RIMAC Field, with no more than two guests. All participants should be fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID-19 test within 24 to 72 hours prior to the ceremony. Participants will be required to complete a symptom screening upon entry. All health and safety measures will be observed, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and county guidelines for travel and gatherings, including continuous masking. For graduates not able to participate in person, Commencement ceremonies will be offered online via livestream for all graduates, families and friends.

Sixth College Commencement will be on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 1:00pm (PDT) on RIMAC Field. View ceremony here (student tribute at 1:03:15 mark)Each registered graduate will be individually recognized whether joining remotely or in person, and the university will officially confer degrees upon all graduates. 

Student registration closes Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Registered students will receive an email to print their ceremony ticket starting May 20th, for the in-person ceremony.

Order Regalia by May 1st 

Specifically, the official UC San Diego cap, gown and tassel — are required at all Commencement 2021 ceremonies. 


Commencement 2021 Undergraduate Student Participation Eligibility

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and capacity requirements for in-person ceremonies, the Commencement 2021 ceremony  are for the UC San Diego Class of 2021: graduates with 135 units by the end of winter 2021 who are completing their degree in fall 2020, winter 2021, spring 2021, summer 2021 or fall 2021. Do not forget to File your Degree & Diploma Application (DDA) one quarter before your scheduled quarter of graduation. 

If you graduated as part of the Class of 2020 — which includes those who graduated in winter 2020, spring 2020 or summer 2020 — you are not eligible to participate in Commencement 2021; however, there will be opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2020 at UC San Diego Alumni events in the future.

Commencement 2021-eligible students will not be able to participate in Commencement 2022.

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Class of 2020 Highlights


Here is a video made by one of our Sixth College 2020 alumnus, Isaiah Maylad, song by Rex Orange County - 10/10


Sixth College Turning the Tassel Celebration 2020


View Virtual Commencement  on - Saturday, June 13, 2020