Tickets are required for all family and guests (including infants
and toddlers).Seating is general admission.
Only graduating students can reserve tickets for their
family or guests. Each student will receive an allotted number of
tickets based on space availability.
Guests must obtain tickets from their graduate PRIOR to the
graduate’s ceremony line-up time.
Does the graduating student need a ticket?
Graduates do not need a ticket. However, they must register to
participate in their ceremony. All guests need tickets.
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?
When you register please indicate if you would like to be placed
on a wait list for additional guests tickets. Additional tickets
are not guaranteed.
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.
Regalia (cap, tassel, gown and hood), announcements, diploma
frames, and graduation gifts can all be purchased online through
the UC Davis
Stores. Please visit UC Davis Stores for price lists,
ordering, and information.
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.
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.
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. Check in tables will
be located outside along the north side of the building (facing
the Law School)
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.
How long will the ceremony be?
The Ceremony will be approximately 2 hours.
General ceremony program:
The procession will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.
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 I leave the ceremony early?
No. Out of respect for the graduates and their guests, attendees
are asked to remain for the duration of the ceremony.
Will the ceremony be available for live stream?
A live stream will be available through ATS/Mediaworks for
individuals who would like to view the commencement but are
unable to attend in person. Following the live stream, the
content will also be archived on the same website. Live stream
On the left hand navigation column look for Spring
Commencement – School of Education.
What should I bring with me?
Students should arrive with regalia for check-in.
Do Not Bring Valuables Into Mondavi! 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 seated with graduates
Air horns, beach balls or other distracting items
Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
Weapons of any kind including firearms and knives
Drones (UAS – Unmanned Aircraft Systems) or other model
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
Are there provisions for graduating students with disabilities?
Yes. Special arrangements can be made for students with
disabilities. If you require any special accommodations, please
notify us at email@example.com
as early as possible. We are able to offer special accommodations
to students only.
Lot 1 and Lot 2: Lot 1 is located directly
behind the Gateway Parking Structure and has a flow through
behind and to the east of the Shrem Art Museum. Lot 2 is located
behind Lot 1. There are a limited number of handicapped places
designated in this lot.
Gateway Parking Structure is located across
from the Mondavi Center off Old Davis Road. There is a garage
elevator with access to all parking levels.
Parking is free starting at 2 p.m.
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. In consideration of the graduates, speakers, and the
safety of all guests, children will not be permitted to sit or
cross the stage with graduates.
International Students: How do I request a visa support letter
for my family members?
International Students wishing to request a visa support letter
from the School of Education in order to have relatives living
outside the U.S. attend the commencement, need to e-mail their
request to firstname.lastname@example.org and
include the following information:
Degree candidate’s name
Degree candidate’s gender (for referencing in letter)
Degree candidate’s Graduate Program
Degree candidate’s degree upon completion
Name(s) of guest(s) and relation to degree candidate
Once your eligibility is reviewed and approved you will be sent a
PDF letter that can be forwarded via e-mail. If you
would like a hard-copy letter please let us know and
you will be notified when the letter is ready for pick-up at
the School of Education. (If you would rather have the letter
mailed to a U.S. address, please state this in your e-mail and
include your mailing address. We do not mail letters outside the