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Graduates: While Commencement 2020 will not be in person this June, your tremendous accomplishment must be celebrated—now, virtually, and again, in-person, when it is safe to gather. Our Marshall College Virtual Commencement is scheduled to be held at 9:00am (PDT) on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Register by May 26, 2020 to receive a commemorative graduation keepsake, have your name recognized at Virtual Commencement and stay informed about future plans.

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For general questions regarding UC San Diego's virtual commencement ceremonies, visit or email

Graduation Information

Official graduation and participating in the Commencement Ceremony are two seperate 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. Students must complete a Degree and Diploma Application (DDA) to file for graduation. 
  • 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.

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 for only $20! Limited quantity available.

Stoles will be shipped free of cost. The stoles will arrive by Finals Week. In your order, please include:

  • Your shipping address in the notes BEFORE you select the "Check Out" button
  • Your email address in the "Contact Information" as you are entering your payment info

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's Academic Excellence Award
  • Thurgood Marshall Award of Academic Distinction
  • Academic Advising Leadership Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Outstanding Senior Award
  • Allan Havis Scholar, Citizen, and Distinguished Artist 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.

  • Dr. Joseph Watson Provost Award for Exemplary Leadership and Community Service
  • Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service
  • Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award
  • Transfer Leadership Award
  • Oceanids Service and Leadership Award
  • Distinguished Senior Service Award

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