Thurgood Marshall College

Commencement Ceremony 2015

The Thurgood Marshall College 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be held at 8:00 am on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at RIMAC Field, UC San Diego.

Plan to watch the 2015 Commencement Ceremony live here on June 14th

Watch the 2014 TMC Commencement Ceremony video

Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement Ceremony Check List 2015

A short list of things to do before your big day.

  • Review important information about official UCSD graduation and deadlines.
  • Log into and specify if you would like your name printed in the official commencement program before Friday, May 1, 2015 at midnight.
  • Order your cap, gown, tassel and ticket at the UC San Diego Bookstore
    • Grad Nite will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm
    • Grad Fest will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22-23, 2015 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
    • Marshall College Senior Week will be May 14-17th.  The Senior MarStroll will be on Friday, May 15th.
    • Apply to be the TMC Senior Speaker – application process opens March 30th, check the Marshall website for details.

Commencement Day Information

  • Graduates MUST report with their tickets, cap and gown by 6:30 a.m. for check-in at Spanos track and field. The College will have coffee and bagels waiting for you.
  • Once graduates check-in they will not see family members until after the ceremony
  • Students do not process in by major or name. You can walk with your friends, but you must line up with them in that order in Spanos Track
  • Disabled parking will be available in Hopkins Parking Structure. Contact if you are a graduate with specific requirements
  • The ceremony is scheduled to take approximately two hours - from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. 
  • One printed Commencement Program will be provided to each graduate at the ceremony. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide family members with a printed program.

Graduation Information

Official graduation and participating in the Commencement Ceremony are two different things. Make sure to review all important graduation information here.

  • Graduation is the term used to describe when a student has completed all requirements and his/her degree has been officially posted to the academic record.
  • Commencement is the annual ceremony in which eligible students participate. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute official graduation from the University

To participate in the Marshall College commencement ceremony, you must have at least 135 units completed. 

Students must complete a Degree and Diploma Application (DDA) to file for graduation and request to have their name in the printed commencement program. The deadline is Friday May 1, 2015 (Midnight)

If you would like your name printed differently than automatically listed, please email to request a name change for the program. If you would like your name printed differently on your UCSD diploma, you will need to complete an official name change with the UCSD Registrars Office.

Commencement Events

  • Grad Nite will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at the UCSD Bookstore
  • Grad Fest will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22-23, 2015 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. at the UCSD Bookstore
  • Marshall College Senior Week will be May 14-17th. The Senior MarStroll will be on Friday, May 15th.

Check back for more information to come!

Accommodations for Guests with Disabilities

For Students and Guests who Need Special Accommodations:

If you need to request special accommodations, please contact us at 858-534-4004 or email  If you need handicapped parking, notify the parking attendant when you arrive on campus. You will be directed to the nearest available lot. Shuttles are available to take disabled guests from the parking areas to the field. We are unable to reserve seating for guests.

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.

At all of its commencement ceremonies, UC San Diego accommodates disabled individuals in these ways:

  • Wheelchair seating: the end chair in each row can be moved to fit a wheelchair. Please ask a security or production individual (yellow jackets) for help removing chairs. All seats are available on a first come-first served basis. UCSD does not provide rental wheelchairs. We recommend students contact a local hospital supply company if a rental is required.

  • Sun sensitivity: two 40’ canopied tents, one on each side of the general seating sections, accommodate those with sun sensitivity. Seats are available on a first come-first served basis. It is STRONGLY suggested parties needing this seating arrive at least 2 hours prior to the ceremony, which is when guests begin arriving.

  • American Sign Language interpreters will be on stage throughout the ceremony

  • Mobility

    • Handicap parking is available at the Hopkins Parking Structure (

    • ADA carts assigned for those with wheelchair needs and walking impairments. For those who cannot walk the distance from the street to the mid-field (200 yards on grass), the ADA cart can drop off your guests near the stage area.  Alert the ADA cart driver of the walking impairment. The guest must walk from the drop-off point to the guest-seating area. Shuttle wait is between 1 and 15 minutes. We advise wearing flat shoes as RIMAC Field is a grassy field.

    • Handicapped parking spaces for those with handicapped parking permits



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.

UCSD Campus Map

UCSD Campus Parking Office

Families and Guests

If you would like to begin planning your visit to San Diego in June, you can find information about hotels located near campus here

There are no tickets needed for guests to attend the Marshall College Commencement Ceremony. However, because seating is limited, we ask that students have no more than 6 seated guests. 

Seats are available only on a first come-first served basis. Guests are not permitted to save seats for others arriving late.

We will be web streaming the Commencement Ceremony live.

There will be limited shaded tents for guests at a first come-first served basis.

Water will be provided for TMC graduates only; therefore, family members should bring their own water with them.

Once your graduate is checked in to the graduate arena, you will be unable to contact them until the end of the ceremony.  Please, keep all aisles open during procession and recession.

Parents and families may order leis and flowers through Graduation Day Flowers.

Marshall College Awards

Marshall College, in partnership with a number of UC San Diego departments and organizations, presents several awards to students who show dedication to their studies and a commitment to the activities and mission of Marshall College.

  • Provost Award
  • Thurgood Marshall Award of Academic Distinction
  • Academic Advising Leadership Award
  • Dean’s Service Award
  • Transfer Leadership Award
  • Distinguished Senior Service Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Outstanding Senior Award
  • Alumni Association Outstanding Senior
  • Oceanids Service Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Award


MarStole Tradition

Participate in a wonderful Marshall tradition by wearing a Marshall Stole of Gratitude as you walk across the Commencement stage. Many students have also given their "MarStoles” to special supporters whom they felt had been key contributors in the achievement of college graduation. This stole will be worn over your regalia to showcase your pride in Marshall College. 

Check back for more information soon.


Helpful Links



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Mailing Address

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La Jolla, CA 92093


Marshall College Admin Building, Room 134

Office Hours

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