2022 Commencement Celebration

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m


Commencement holds special significance for the School’s degree candidates, their families and friends, and friends of the School. Our congratulations to the Class of 2022!

On May 27, 2022, the School of Veterinary Medicine conferred degrees to its DVM and MPVM candidates and certificates to its residents who completed their terms at the school.

View the recording of the ceremony

Commencement Address Dr. Roxann Brooks Motroni, National Program Leader for Animal Health at US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Faculty Speaker Dr. Kevin Woolard, Professor

Student Speaker Humphrey Lin

School Medal Recipient Claire Stuhlmann

Master of Ceremonies Dr. Karl Jandrey, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Programs

Marshal Dr. Peter Dickinson, Chair of the Faculty

Administration of the Veterinarian’s Oath Dr. Elisabeth Klapstein, President, California Veterinary Medical Association

Land Acknowledgement Melissa Rubinow

Class School Flag Bearers
Jamie Sebastian 
Briana Hamamoto and her dog, Remmington

Additional Officials
Dr. Joshua Stern, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Dr. Janet Foley, Chair of the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine Program
Dr. Joie Watson, Associate Dean of Professional Education
Dr. Phil Kass, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs
Dr. Kevin Johnson, Dean of the School of Law
Dr. Helene Dillard, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Lauren Lindstrom, Dean of the School of Education
Dr. Mark Winey, Dean of the College of Biological Sciences
Scott Judson, esq., Vice President and President Elect, Cal Aggie Alumni Association

The following information will acquaint you with our commencement traditions and provide answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Admissions and Student Programs Office at (530) 752-1383.

  • The academic attire for participants in the ceremony is a doctoral gown and cap with a gray tassel.

    What to Wear:

    1. UC blue/gold doctoral gown, available for rent through 
    UC Davis Stores
    Blue “keeper” cap and gray tassel
    3. DVM hood with gray velvet and blue/gold lining, provided by the School of Veterinary Medicine

    How to Order:

    Online ordering is available through UC Davis Stores commencement site.
    DVM Rental fee through March 25: Paid by SAVMA!
    MPVM Rental fee through March 25: $66.00
    Rental fee if order placed after March 25: $81.00

    Your gown rental payment (limited to $66) is being paid by SAVMA! Gown orders placed by March 25 will have the entire price covered.

    Grad Pack price will be reduced by $66. Pricing will be adjusted at time of online order.

    The $15.00 late processing fee added to all orders after March 25 will not be covered. Orders placed after March 25 are not guaranteed to arrive in time for Senior Luncheon. Students placing orders after March 25 should confirm with the bookstore where and when their attire will be delivered.

    Candidates who order their cap and gown by March 25 may pick up their attire at the Senior Luncheon on May 11 at Valley Hall. If your order includes a Grad Pack, it will be made available for pick up with your gown.

    Cap and gown pick-up day is May 11 in Valley Hall (lunch will be served).

    Your academic attire will be ordered for you by the VMTH Director's Office.


    DVM students: The academic hood is a symbol of your professional achievement, reflecting your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California. The satin lining of the hood is the official colors of the University, while the gray velvet indicates your DVM degree. You will be invested with a School of Veterinary Medicine hood when your degree is conferred and you walk across the stage at the ceremony. The hoods are property of the School and are loaned free of charge for your use during the ceremony. Hoods must be returned after the ceremony to the Studio Theater (where you lined up for the procession).

    MPVM students and Residents: The School will loan you a hood signifying your veterinary degree to wear at the ceremony. Hoods must be returned after the ceremony to the Studio Theater.

    Candidates may purchase their own doctoral hoods to keep by linking to the UC Davis Store. Please allow 8-10 weeks to complete your order.

    Returning Attire: To avoid a late charge, gowns must be returned to the Studio Theater immediately following the ceremony, or to the UC Davis Bookstore at the Memorial Union no later than May 31. The cap and tassel are yours to keep. Hoods, which are property of the School, must be returned to the Studio Theater immediately following the ceremony.


  • Tickets to the commencement ceremony are free of charge and will be distributed to candidates during the Senior Luncheon on May 11. Every person (including infants and toddlers) attending the ceremony must have a ticket. Tickets are general admission and open seating.

    DVM Candidates: Each student will be allocated nine (9) tickets.  

    MPVM Candidates: Each student participating in commencement may request up to four (4) tickets for their guests. You may pick up your tickets from Christi Boyter mid-May.

    Residents: Each resident participating in commencement may request up to four (4) tickets for their guests. Please let Corey Vermilion know if you would like tickets when you order your attire.

    If space in the Mondavi Center permits, additional tickets will be available at the entrance prior to the ceremony.

    University policy prohibits the selling of commencement tickets for money or commercial value. Violation will result in referral to Student Judicial Affairs.


  • The UC Davis Bookstore sells official UC Davis commencement announcements, blank notes, thank-you notes, envelope seals and certificates of appreciation. Personalized announcements may be purchased via UC Davis Stores


  • University policy prohibits possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages at the commencement ceremony.


  • The School Medal will be presented at the ceremony to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding academic and clinical performance. Members of the veterinary honor society, Phi Zeta, will wear medallions signifying their academic achievement.


  • DVM: Immediately following the ceremony, diplomas will be distributed to candidates who have completed all clinical, school and campus requirements for May degrees. Distribution will be in the Studio Theater after you have returned your hood.

    MPVM candidates: A card commemorating the ceremony will be presented to each participant at commencement. Diplomas are available from the Registrar’s Office four months after the end of the quarter in which all degree requirements are complete (including presentation of research project).

    Residents: A card commemorating the ceremony will be presented to each participant at commencement.


  • Graduation Day Flowers will be outside of the Mondavi Center for guests that wish to purchase flowers for their graduate.


  • Grad Images is the official photographer for our commencement. They will take a photo of you as you cross the stage and a photo immediately off stage. You will be given a name card to present to the Associate Dean to announce as you walk across the stage. You must fill-out the card with your contact information so proofs can be emailed to you. Proofs will be available within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online.


  • Parking is free in designated areas for those attending the commencement ceremony. Directional signs reading "Commencement Parking" are placed at all entrances to the campus. A portion of South Entry Parking Structure, ground level is reserved for vehicles displaying disabled person placards or plates. Click here to view the map for parking areas. (The parking structure and lots #1 and 2 are the most convenient).


  • For the convenience of all guests with limited mobility, please ask them to arrive as early as possible to locate their seating. If special accommodations are necessary for unique situations (including sign language interpreters), contact the Student Programs Office at 752-1383 no later than April 30.

    If an individual has a state disabled parking permit, parking is available in South Entry Parking Structure. Guests with limited mobility may be dropped off and picked up in front of the Mondavi Center.


  • Degree candidates and residents will assemble prior to the ceremony at 2:45 p.m. in the Studio Theater located in the Mondavi Center. Commencement instructions will be provided in early May.


  • The ceremony will include remarks by the dean, student speaker, faculty, commencement speaker and provost; the presentation of awards; the conferring of degrees and hoods; and the administration of the Veterinarian’s Oath.

    At the designated time in the program, DVM candidates will rise for presentation to the provost. Following degree conferral, candidates will hand their name cards to the announcer and walk across the stage to the faculty marshal who will invest their veterinary hoods. Graduates will then be congratulated by the provost and the dean and then return to their seats to be led in reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath.

    The ceremony will last approximately two hours.


  • Immediately following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served outside the main Mondavi entrance for degree recipients, their families and friends, and friends of the School.

    Ceremony: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 


  • Out-of-town guests are encouraged to make reservations for accommodations early as commencement events mean many visitors to Davis and lodging becomes scarce.

    Yolo County Visitor's Bureau / Lodging

    Downtown Davis Businesses

    References or pointers on this page do not represent endorsement.


  • The guidance in this section is based on state, county, and campus recommendations and may be updated based on revisions to CDC requirements. Last campus revision to COVID event policy was made March 23, 2022.
    Face Coverings
    Face coverings are not required. They are, however encouraged for large events and ceremonies.

    No other protocols will be required for this event at this time. Please continue to check back for updates as we continue to monitor COVID positive numbers in the county. 

  • Questions?

  • Contact the Student Programs Office, 530-752-1383 or email