Does the graduating student need a ticket?
Graduates do not need a ticket. However, they must register
to participate in their ceremony by April 23 in order to
receive guest tickets. All guests need tickets.
Do guests need tickets?
Tickets are required for all family and guests (including infants
and toddlers). Seating is general admission. Graduating students
have been sent an email with directions for ticket pickup. Please
contact School of
Education graduation staff if you have not received your
Only graduating students can reserve tickets for their
family or guests. Each student will receive an allotted number of
tickets based on space availability. Tickets are not
available to the general public and can only be
obtained from a graduating student.
Guests must obtain tickets from their graduate PRIOR to the
graduate’s ceremony line-up time.
Does my resident teacher need a ticket?
Resident teachers do need a ticket, but will receive a
separate invitation and instructions from the School of
Education on how to RSVP and pick up their ticket.
Students do not need to count their resident teacher as part of
their allotted tickets.
Are additional tickets available?
email School of Education graduation staff to see if any
extra tickets are available. We also encourage graduates to ask
other students if they have unneeded tickets.
How do I request the provisions for graduating students with
If you are a student who requires any special accommodations,
please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org
as early as possible. We are able to offer special accommodations
to students only.
You can also visit the Student Disability Center for more
information on available accommodations.
What if my guest has limited mobility or special needs?
Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off directly in front
of the Mondavi Center and wheelchair access is available.
For guests with limited/no hearing, assisted listening devices
are available to check out at the patron’s services desk located
in the lobby. A driver’s license or credit card is required as
security until the device is returned.
For full facility information, visit the Mondavi
Center accessibility page.
Cap and Gown
Where do I get my cap and gown?
Regalia (cap, tassel, gown and hood), announcements, diploma
frames, and graduation gifts can all be purchased online through
the Herff Jones
Where do I return my gown?
Collection stations will be located at Mondavi Center
approximately ½ hour before the end of each ceremony until
approximately 1 hour afterward. Gowns not returned either after a
ceremony or to the MU Campus Store by the Monday following the
ceremony weekend will be subject to late return fee, beginning at
$5.00 and increasing by $5.00 each week, max: $20.00.
If you need to extend the rental period, contact
email@example.com to make special arrangements.
I am a teaching credential candidate with an advanced
degree, which cap and gown should I order?
Graduates should always display the highest level of degree held,
or are receiving.
What if I have other questions about cap and gown rental?
firstname.lastname@example.org with other questions about cap and
What time should I arrive and where do I go?
For Graduating Students
Please plan to arrive at the Mondavi Center between 2:30
– 3:30 p.m. with your regalia for check in. If you miss
this call time, you may not be able to walk in the ceremony.
Check in tables will be located outside along the north side of
the building (facing the Law School). Only graduates will be
permitted to enter the Mondavi Center prior to 3 p.m.
For Family and Guests
The Mondavi Center lobby will open at 3
p.m. for guests. No restroom facilities are
available until the doors open. Doors to Jackson Hall, where
the ceremony takes place, open at 3:30
p.m. for seating.
What is the ceremony program?
The ceremony will be approximately 2 hours.
- The procession will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.
- Guests will not be seated five minutes prior to the ceremony
or during the processional.
- After a short program, each graduate goes on stage as their
name is read.
- Professional photographs are taken as the graduate is
- The event ends with a recessional.
Can graduating students leave the ceremony early?
No. Out of respect for other graduates and their guests,
graduating students are asked to remain for the duration of the
Will the ceremony be livestreamed?
A livestream will be available for watching during the graduation
ceremony, and a recording will be available afterwards.
What should/shouldn’t I bring with me?
Graduating students should arrive with regalia for check-in.
Students should not bring valuables into the Mondavi
Center. Please leave your purses, backpacks, etc. in
your car or with your family. There is not a secure location for
them and you will not be allowed to bring them with you into
Jackson Hall during the ceremony.
In consideration of the graduates, speakers, and the safety of
all guests, the following is prohibited:
Children or infants seated with graduates or going on
- Air horns, beach balls or other distracting items
- Tobacco products
- Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
- Weapons of any kind including firearms and knives
- Drones (UAS – Unmanned Aircraft Systems) or other model
- Animals except for registered
Any prohibited items found in the venue will be confiscated.
Additionally, pagers and cell phones should be turned off or to
silent mode during the ceremony.
UC Davis makes a special effort to ensure that our commencement
is a memorable and enjoyable occasion for everyone involved.
Students, parents, faculty and alumni have indicated their wish
to have commencement conducted in an appropriately ceremonial
atmosphere, and we ask for the cooperation of you and your
Is there another graduation ceremony that School of Education
graduates may attend?
School of Education master’s and doctoral students have the
option of attending two ceremonies (this does not apply for
credential students) – one
hosted by Graduate Studies for graduate students earning
degrees from all UC Davis graduate programs, and one hosted by
the School of Education for our students only. Students may
attend one or both of these ceremonies.
Do we need to wear masks or be vaccinated to attend?
No. There are no longer restrictions on events or expectations
for visitors or volunteers.
Where should I park?
Beginning at 2 pm, free parking is available across the street
from the Mondavi Center in the Gateway Parking Structure, Visitor
Parking 1 and Visitor Parking 2. Detailed information about
directions, parking and accessibility is available on the
Center Parking & Directions page.
Will there be photography?
Images will be taking individual photographs of each
candidate as they cross the stage and a portrait off-stage before
returning to risers to be seated for remainder of ceremony.
Family members and friends should take photographs of candidates
either before or after commencement.
What about bringing children?
All are welcome to come and celebrate the graduation ceremony as
guests. Children, including infants, will need a ticket to
attend. They may not sit with graduating students and are
not allowed on the stage with them.
International Students: How do I request a visa support letter
for my family members?
If you will need a visa support letter in order to have relatives
living outside the U.S. attend the commencement, contact your
program coordinator. For full information about the steps that
will be required, visit the UC Davis Global Affairs
webpage on services for international students and scholars.