UC San Diego Thurgood Marshall College 

Commencement Ceremony 2019

The 2019 Thurgood Marshall College Commencement Ceremony will held on Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 3:00pm-4:45pm on RIMAC Field, UC San Diego campus. 

Student Registration & Ticketing

All Campus Commencement Ceremony Check back for registration information in March.
Thurgood Marshall College Commencement Ceremony Sunday, June 16, 2019, 3:00 pm: Undergraduates must register through to receive a ticket to participate in their college ceremony. Tickets are not required for guests attending college ceremonies.

Ticket pickup: Check back for more information in March. 

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

Any student wishing to participate in the June commencement ceremony must have completed 135 units by the end of Winter Quarter. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute official graduation from the university.

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

The 2019 All-Campus Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 9:00am, on RIMAC Field. For details, please click HERE.

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. 

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.

Undergraduate students must meet the standard commencement participation requirement of having at least 135 units completed by the beginning of spring quarter. Make sure to check the academic advising website for information on deadlines for filing your degree and diploma application and getting your name in the program.

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

Scholar & Citizen Awards

Scholar & Citizen 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 one 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 one graduating senior who (1) has achieved academic excellence (minimum of 3.0 GPA); 2) has made an outstanding contribution to the campus community through demonstrated active involvement in their college; 3) has made an outstanding contribution to the greater UC San Diego campus community through demonstrated active involvement in the University; and 4) has demonstrated leadership within their college or University.

Transfer Leadership Award
The Transfer Leadership Award is awarded to one graduating senior who transferred to UC San Diego 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 one student in Junior class standing (90 credits completed) who has demonstrated leadership and service to the UC San Diego 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 UC San Diego 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. This award will be given to up to ten (10) graduating seniors.


Marshall Senior Speakers

Thurgood Marshall College invites all interested graduating seniors to apply to be a Senior Speaker! Two speakers will be selected: one will present at the Scholar & Citizen Reception on May 23, 2019 (audience: Marshall staff, faculty, senior leaders, and award recipients), and the second will present at the Marshall College Commencement Ceremony on June 16, 2019 (audience: graduates and their families/friends, current students, UC San Diego/Marshall officials). 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 SENIOR SPEAKER" no later than Wednesday, April 17th at 12:00 p.m. (Week 3). The submissions should include the following information: 1) A cover page with the applicant's name, UC San Diego e-mail address, phone number, and for which occasion you wrote the speech (Scholar & Citizen OR Marshall College Commencement). 2) Your typed, double-spaced speech.

A maximum of 10 individuals will be chosen to continue to the next screening phase, during which they will deliver their speeches in the TMC Administration Building. If you are selected to audition, you will be contacted to schedule your audition time during Week 4 on either Monday, April 22 (1:30-2:30pm) or Tuesday, April 23 (3:30-4:30pm). The oral presentation of the 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 names 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 and include a “call to action” for the audience
2. Creativity and originality (please limit quotations from others to 0-2 per speech—none are required)
3. Upbeat/inspirational tone
4. Clarity of message
5. Connect with the audience (please avoid overly personal stories unless there is universality/connection to 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 (e.g. eye contact with audience), confidence, poise, etc.
2. Enunciation and projection
3. Practice and preparation

We encourage you to be as creative and original as you wish, with the message being clear and relevant to the occasion. The selected speakers will work with Marshall College staff to further refine their messages and delivery prior to each event. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call (858) 534-4390.  

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. Buy your commemorative MarStole today! Limited quantity available.

*Limit ONE MarStole per graduating senior. Any orders of quantities greater than one MarStole or multiple orders by the same student will be cancelled and payment will be refunded.

**Stoles will NOT be shipped or delivered. Stoles will be available for pick-up at the Marshall Admin Building on Week 10 and Finals Week (June 3-14) during normal business hours, 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Stoles will NOT be available for pick-up at Marshall College Commencement on June 16. 


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.

  • 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

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.

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