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UC Davis Graduate Studies Commencement

UC Davis Graduate Studies Commencement

2020 Graduate Studies Virtual Celebration

Social distancing may have postponed our official 2020 Graduate Commencement Ceremony, but nothing can take away the achievements of our newest master's, doctoral, and credential graduates. Join Graduate Studies in celebrating our graduates by viewing our virtual celebration, which will open for graduates, friends, and family members this Thursday, June 11.  Please note, this celebration is pre-recorded and can be viewed at anytime - it is not "live" or synchronous. Graduates, friends and family can view the celebration anytime after 10:00 a.m. on June 11, 2020 through June 11, 2021.

Starting on June 11, you will be able to:

  • Browse, download and share grad announcements
  • Hear messages from Chancellor May and Vice Provost and Dean Delplanque

View the Virtual Celebration on
June 11 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

View the Virtual Celebration Program

You did it! Let's celebrate!

Social distancing may have postponed the official commencement ceremony, but nothing can take your achievement away. Let’s make this occasion count. To help share your joy with friends and family, we’ve planned an online celebration AND assembled this kit of digital goodies and printable party favors.

Break out the decorations

Let’s get the party started! In this Class of 2020 Celebration Kit, we’re giving you a whole bunch of branded downloads and customizable memorabilia you can print or have printed. Download your celebration kit on the main UC Davis commencement website.

  • Virtual backgrounds
    Use our selection of Zoom backgrounds for grads and family members to host your next video call—or virtual house party—with style and pride.  Didn’t get a chance to pose in front of your favorite Aggie landmark? Make one of our five campus locations the background of your selfie
  • Handheld props
    Add zip to your victory pics. Print these props, cut ‘em out, glue on some cardboard backing with a popsicle stick handle, then pose with visual distinction.  
  • Handheld photo frames
    Steal the scene in any setting with commemorative 24” x 36” photo frames. 
  • Animated GIFs and Stickers
    Give your social some UC Davis flair. To find celebratory reactions and grad related stickers, search for #UCDavisGrad in the GIF section of your social channels. We will be adding more every day.
  • Lawn signs
    Pair your pride with curb appeal. Customize these photographic 36" x 24" lawn signs for UC Davis Grads, Proud Parents and Proud Grandparents. Send them to your local printer, then pick ‘em up and show the neighborhood why the good mood. (You can also print them yourself for a standard photo frame.)  

Celebrate and humblebrag all day long 

If you’ve gotta shelter, shelter socially! We want to see how you're celebrating your big moment. 

For Students

Use #UCDavisGrad on your social posts to join the conversation and show the world you’re now an Aggie alum. We might even feature your posts on our virtual celebration wall and in our UC Davis social channels.

For Parents/Friends/Faculty/Staff/Supporters/Alumni

Show your support for our graduating class in this unprecedented moment by leaving a heartfelt message to the Class of 2020 or to your individual grad. If you’re already active on social media, use #DearUCDavisGrad in your posts so we can help share the love. You can also submit a written message or pre-recorded video. It may be shared on the UC Davis commencement website or social channels.

More Information

To help address further questions, UC Davis has developed a list of frequently asked questions.  We encourage you to check this FAQ often, as it may update frequently.

  • License and Release:
  • I understand that photograph(s) of me or video or audio recording(s) of me (collectively, “Content”) submitted to employees or third party contractors of The Regents of the University of California (hereinafter “University”) may be used in connection with the University's virtual graduation ceremonies.  Such Content may be hosted by third party contractors and then disseminated to the general public as part of the University's virtual graduation ceremonies.  I hereby provide this license to, and irrevocably authorize, the University and its third party contractors to copy, exhibit, publish, display, archive, or distribute any and all such Content containing my voice, image, or likeness in any type of media or format for purposes of hosting and publicizing the University’s virtual graduation ceremonies or for any other lawful purpose. In addition, I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product or website wherein my voice, image, or likeness appears.  I hereby hold harmless and release and forever discharge the University, its employees, and its third party contractors from all claims, demands and causes of action which I, my heirs, representatives, executors, administrators or any other persons acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate have or may have by reason of this authorization.