UC San Diego Thurgood Marshall College 

Commencement Ceremony 2017

The 2017 Thurgood Marshall College Commencement Ceremony will held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 11:30am-1:00pm on RIMAC Field, UC San Diego campus. 

The Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony for all graduating seniors from the six undergraduate colleges, as well as to grad students from the Graduate Division, the Rady School of Management, and the School of Global Policy and Strategy on Saturday, June 17th — 9 a.m., RIMAC Field. More Information available here. 


Marshall General Information (2017)

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. 

Order your cap, gown, tassel and ticket at the UC San Diego Bookstore

Apply to be the Senior Speaker, nominate friends for awards, vote on award recipients, and purchase your MarStole. Information announced winter quarter. 

Commencement Day Information (coming soon)

Graduation Information (2017)

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. 

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.

All Campus Commencement Ceremony

UC San Diego is reviving a time-honored tradition to celebrate and unify all graduates together.  For the first time in 16 years, a campuswide commencement featuring an internationally-renowned speaker will be held in tandem with the undergraduate and graduate school ceremonies. We invite all graduates, families and friends to attend both ceremonies to fully experience the pomp and circumstance, and joy and pride, that marks one of the most memorable times in a student’s life. This two-part celebration will include the 90-minute All Campus Commencement during which Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will officially confer degrees by academic division upon graduates gathered as one student body on RIMAC Field. In addition, the six undergraduate colleges, Graduate Division and professional schools will host personalized Graduation Ceremonies for their students, where graduates will be recognized by name as they walk across the stage. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Learn more at

When is the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

The All Campus Commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at RIMAC Field. Visit the Commencement website for the complete commencement weekend schedule.

What is the difference between the All Campus Commencement ceremony and the college or graduate program commencement ceremonies?

The All Campus Commencement will feature a keynote speaker and the official conferral of degrees by the Chancellor will happen during the All Campus Commencement. Following the All Campus Commencement, the colleges and graduate & professional programs will host personalized graduation ceremonies, where students will walk across stage as their names are read.

Will I need a ticket for the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

Students will need a ticket to participate in both the All Campus Commencement ceremony and their college ceremony. The commencement fee will include both tickets. 

Is the All Campus Commencement ceremony mandatory?

While participation in both the All Campus Commencement ceremony and college commencement ceremonies is voluntary, attendance is encouraged for all graduates to be part of a very special new tradition on campus that will celebrate all graduates as one community.

How am I eligible to participate in the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

Undergraduate students must meet the standard commencement participation requirement of having at least 135 units completed by the beginning of spring quarter. Graduate students should check with their program advisors to determine graduation eligibility.

Will I need to wear my cap and gown to the All Campus Commencement ceremony?

Yes, students will process in for the All Campus Commencement ceremony and are required to wear their caps and gowns at both ceremonies.

College Awards

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
  • Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Outstanding Senior Award


Leadership Awards

In addition, the following Thurgood Marshall College Leadership and Service awards are designed to recognize students whose undergraduate careers have included distinguished accomplishments in leadership, service, involvement, and academic achievement. Please see below for award descriptions.

Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service
The Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence, outstanding leadership, and significant service contributions to Thurgood Marshall College through academic and/or co-curricular activities. The award recipient will have exhibited leadership and active participation within the Thurgood Marshall College community and demonstrated commitment to the Thurgood Marshall College philosophy.

Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award
The Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award is awarded to a graduating senior who has 1) Alumna or alumnus of an undergrad who has rendered outstanding service, or personal achievements brought honor and distinction to the University, 2) spring graduate, 3) achieved academic excellence (minimum of 3.5 GPA) 4) involvement in campus or community service and 5) plan for post-baccalaureate (grad or prof) school.
Transfer Leadership Award
The Transfer Leadership Award is awarded to a graduating senior who transferred to UCSD and has demonstrated service to the college and commitment to the Thurgood Marshall College philosophy. The recipient must have been involved for at least two consecutive years.
Oceanids Service and Leadership Award
The Oceanids Service and Leadership Award is awarded to a student in Junior class standing (90 credits completed) who has demonstrated leadership and service to the UCSD campus community at the college or campus-wide level reflecting the Thurgood Marshall College philosophy. Examples might include, but are not limited to, significant contributions of service to UCSD through student organizations, athletics, campus-wide advisory boards, or student government.
Distinguished Senior Service Award
The Distinguished Senior Service Award is awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated the Thurgood Marshall College philosophy through involvement. The requirement is a minimum of three years of service to the college or, if a transfer student, a minimum of one.



Senior Speaker Information (Coming soon)


Thurgood Marshall College invites all interested seniors to write a graduation address. Two speakers will be selected: one will present at the Scholar & Citizen Reception on Thursday, May 19th, and the second will present at Commencement on Sunday, June 12th. The speaker selected for each occasion will be determined based on the appropriateness of the speech in respect to the venue and audience.

All speeches should be submitted to TMC Student Affairs ( with the subject line "TMC COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERno later than Wednesday, April 13th 12:00pm (Week 3). The speeches should be typed (double spaced) and include, on a separate page, the applicant’s name, UC San Diego email address, and phone number.

A maximum of 10 individuals will be chosen to continue to the next judging phase, where they will deliver their speech in the TMC Administration Building. If you are selected to audition, you will be contacted to schedule your audition time which will take place during Week 4 on either Tuesday, April 19 (1:00-2:00pm) or Wednesday, April 20 (3:00-4:00pm). The oral presentation of the commencement speech should not exceed 5 minutes.

The speeches will be judged in two main categories: content and delivery. The selection committee will use the following criteria:

CONTENT: The selection committee will read the written speeches (the author’s name will not appear on the copies to be read by the committee), and rank them in order of preference keeping in mind the following:
1. Content should embrace the spirit of Thurgood Marshall College
2. Creativity and originality
3. Upbeat/inspirational tone
4. Clarity of message
5. Connect with the audience

DELIVERY: The selection committee will hear the oral presentation of the speeches by the applicants and rank them in order of preference keeping in mind the following:
1. Stage presence (i.e. eye contact with audience), confidence, poise etc.
2. Enunciation, articulation, and projection
3. Practice and preparation

Speeches should be five minutes or less. We encourage you to be as creative and original as you wish, with the message being clear and relevant to the occasion. If you have any questions, please email or call (858) 534-4390. 

MarStole Tradition (Coming soon)


Commencement parking is free, but expect heavy traffic. Follow these tips:

  • Anticipate severe congestion and plan your commute accordingly.
  • Allow at least 45 minutes to park. (See the commencement schedule for graduation ceremony dates and times.)
  • Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
  • No permit or payment will be required at parking meters or in spaces marked VP, V, S, B, or A.
  • Important: Follow the instructions of parking staff on commencement day. You may be redirected to alternative areas once a lot is full.

More information 

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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.

Please note: No animals allowed.  Service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome.  

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


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.

Helpful Links

2015 Commencement Ceremony



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