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UC San Diego Thurgood Marshall College 

Commencement Ceremony 

Following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, we are carefully monitoring COVID-19, Coronavirus, and the situation in locations where the university has scheduled events and programs. We appreciate your consideration that the situation is fluid and we will be in touch should any changes or cancellations become necessary. Please continue to check for the latest updates as they relate to Commencement weekend. If you have more specific questions regarding details for Commencement 2020, email 

The 2020 Thurgood Marshall College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on RIMAC Field, UC San Diego campus. Beginning March 2020, students can register online at with their PID and password. 

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 tradition on campus that will celebrate all graduates as one community! 

TMC Commencement Registration & Day-of Instructions


Thurgood Marshall College Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2020, 3:00 pm. Undergraduates must register through to receive a ticket to participate in their college ceremony. A commencement fee will be charged to your student account within 24 hours of registering for your college commencement and/or All Campus Commencement ceremony.  Tickets are not required for guests attending college ceremonies. 

Student registration for the Thurgood Marshall Commencement Ceremony will open from Wednesday, March 4, 2020, through Wednesday, May 20, 2020. However, students registering after May 1 will NOT be eligible to have their name included in the TMC Commencement Booklet.

TMC Commencement Booklet: If you would like to add your name to the Commencement Booklet for Thurgood Marshall College, you must do so through the Commencement Registration site by no later than May 1No exceptions. 



All graduates should arrive to Triton Track at 1:30PM on Sunday, June 14 in preparation for procession.

All graduates must wear appropriate commencement regalia, including a cap, gown, and tassel.

Make sure to review Commencement 2020 transportation and security details, as special accommodations for the event may impact your standard experience on campus, including information about the specific lot and road closures, accessibility routes, traffic impacts, and move-out instructions.

Preferred graduate entrances (security checkpoints) are the Main Entrance in Parking Lot P357 or South Ridge Walk Entrance. Enter at either of these locations shown on the map and then proceed to the student check-in station that is located above and west of Triton Track inside the secure area (blue line).

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.


All Campus Commencement Ceremony

The 2020 All Campus Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at 9:00am, on RIMAC Field. For details, and to register, please click HERE

Note: A fee will be charged to your student account within 24 hours of registering for your college commencement and/or All Campus Commencement.

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's Academic Excellence 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 21, 2019 (audience: Marshall staff, faculty, senior leaders, and award recipients), and the second will present at the Marshall College Commencement Ceremony on June 14, 202020 (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 15th 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 in Week 3 to schedule your audition during Week 4. 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 for only $20! 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. The stoles will be available to pick up beginning Week 7 at specific drop in times. You will be notified via email of when these drop in times are. Please be sure include your UCSD email address as you are checking out. Please enter it in the "Contact Information" (NOT your phone number).

Parking & Security

Please see the Transportation and Security section of the Commencment website for details.

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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.

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

Complimentary drinking water will be provided to those who bring a reusable bottle. A limited quantity of reusable bottles will also be available for purchase from the UC San Diego Bookstore booth located on RIMAC Field. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the commencement hospitality village located on RIMAC Field.

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.

Leis and bouquets will be sold at commencement. However, preorders are encouraged for pick-up before the ceremony so that students can wear leis onstage and in pictures. Order directly from The Commencement Group.  

We will be web streaming the Commencement Ceremony live.Please visit for more information.

Guests with Disabilities

If you need to request special accommodations, please contact us at 858-534-4004 or email  

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

  • Disabled parking will be available near RIMAC Field and a shuttle service to the ceremony location will be available; check the Commencement website for parking locations and details
  • The University does not provide wheelchairs for guests. For guests in wheelchairs, the end chair of each row may be removed for seating accommodations. A security or production individual can assist with this request.
  • There will be limited seating with shade that will be available on a “first-come” basis.
  • American Sign Language interpreters will be on stage during the ceremony. There are seats in the front row of the guest seating section dedicated to deaf or hard of hearing guests who require interpreting services.
  • Service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome. No other animals are allowed.
  • Reserved seating is not available for guests needing special assistance.

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