Commencement

2019 Commencement 

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

ROBERT and MARGRIT MONDAVI CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS 

Commencement holds special significance for the School’s degree candidates, their families and friends, and friends of the School.  Our congratulations to you and our best wishes for a memorable day!

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.

CEREMONY WEBCAST:  Campus Mediaworks will have both live and “on-demand” on-line versions of the commencement ceremony.  The live webcast will be available at 3:25p.m. on May 24th, and the on-demand file can be viewed at a later time.  Link to the webcast at:  http://commencementvideo.ucdavis.edu/.


ACADEMIC DRESS
ADMISSION TO THE CEREMONY
GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
AWARDS AND HONORS
DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES
FLOWER SALES
PHOTOGRAPHY
PARKING
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS
ASSEMBLY PRIOR TO CEREMONY
ORDER OF THE CEREMONY
RECEPTION
VISITOR LINKS


ACADEMIC DRESS

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

DVM and MPVM Candidates:

What to wear:

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

How to order
Online ordering will be begin February 12, 2019 at the UC Davis Stores commencement site

DVM Rental fee through March 28th:  Paid by SAVMA!

MPVM Rental fee through March 28th: $64.50

Rental fee if order placed after March 29th:  $78.00

DVM students: 

This season your gown rental payment (limited to $64.50) is being paid by SAVMA! 

Gown orders placed by March 28 will have the entire price covered.

Grad Pack price will be reduced by $64.50.

Pricing will be adjusted at time of online order.

The $15.00 late processing fee added to all orders after March 28 will not be covered.

Candidates who order their cap and gown by March 28 may pick up their attire at the Senior Luncheon on May 9 at Valley Hall. Orders placed after March 28 are not guaranteed to arrive in time for Senior Luncheon.  Students placing orders after March 28 should confirm with the Bookstore to where and when their attire will be delivered.  If your order includes a Grad Pack, it will be made available to be picked up with your gown.

Cap and gown pick-up day is May 9 in 1023 Valley Hall (lunch will be served).

Residents:

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

Academic Hoods

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.

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 Tuesday, May 29. 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.


ADMISSION TO THE CEREMONY

Tickets to the commencement ceremony are free of charge and will be distributed to candidates during the Senior Luncheon on May 9. Every person (including infants and toddlers) attending the ceremony must have a ticket. Tickets are general admission and open seating.

DVM Candidates: Each student is allocated eleven (11) tickets initially.  In April, the Student Programs Office will send out a Google doc for you to indicate if you need more (or fewer) tickets.  Based on your responses, tickets that are not needed by students will be redistributed to those who need more than 11 tickets.  While there is no guarantee that students will receive as many tickets as requested, every effort is made to give guests of graduating students ticketing priority.  Tickets will be available for pick-up at the Senior Luncheon (May 9). 

MPVM Candidates: Each student participating in commencement may request up to three tickets for their guests. You may pick up your tickets at the Senior Luncheon (May 9).

Residents: Each resident participating in commencement may request up to three tickets for their guests. Please let Cory 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.


GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. 


ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

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


AWARDS AND HONORS

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.


DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES

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.


FLOWER SALES

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


PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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).


SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

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 May 2.

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.


ASSEMBLY OF CANDIDATES PRIOR TO CEREMONY

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.


ORDER OF THE CEREMONY

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.


RECEPTION

Immediately following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served in the Mondavi lobby 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. 


VISITOR LINKS

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.


Questions?

Contact the Student Programs Office, 530-752-1383 or email spoteam@ucdavis.edu.