From Chancellor Gary S. May
We are saddened to share UC Davis Commencement Ceremonies will not take place in the same way as previous years. In consultation with public health experts and given the serious health concerns, we could not risk the safety and security of our students, parents and families. While some may believe the COVID-19 pandemic will subside in a few months, given the rapid and evolving nature of the virus, the risk is too great to the community to assemble large gatherings such as UC Davis Commencement. As such, we have shifted our planning to host a virtual Commencement celebration for our graduates in June AND are exploring options to also convene a more traditional, in-person Commencement ceremony in late 2020.
We are actively looking at alternatives to celebrate our graduates in an appropriate manner and want your feedback. As we explore these options, we have developed a survey to gather your feedback on ways to honor and celebrate your journey as an Aggie as well as options for the best timing to host the postponed, in-person ceremony. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, April 15, and we look forward to celebrating together in the best way we can.
We know you may have specific questions related to commencement right now. To help address those questions, UC Davis has developed a list of frequently asked questions. We encourage you to check this FAQ often, as it may update frequently.
Each year, UC Davis Graduate Studies, together with the Graduate Council and the Graduate Student Association, hosts the UC Davis Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony. Although this year's in-person ceremony has been canceled, details about the virtual and fall 2020 ceremonies will be announced later in April.
For more information about this year's Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony, please visit the sections below or visit our frequently asked questions page.