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WED, APRIL 15 - 4:17 P.M.

Dear Graduating Anteaters,

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First, we want to congratulate you on the upcoming completion of your degree. This is a monumental achievement for you, your family, and your supporters. We hope that you are as proud of yourself as we are of you.

We write to you with updates regarding our Commencement program. We know that these are unprecedented times and we have been working to provide you and your family members several options for participating in the graduation ceremonies.

Virtual Commencement
On June 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. PDT, we are holding a virtual Commencement program that all can watch from any location. You are encouraged to invite family and friends to view the program with you. Participating graduates are required to register. A separate email to eligible graduates will be sent on or around April 20, 2020. Participants will receive a special gift from the campus that will include a mortarboard and tassel, a UCI Alumni Association license plate frame, and additional UCI items.

In-Person Winter Commencement
A Winter Commencement program will be held during Winter Break 2020. This is an in-person Commencement ceremony held in the Bren Events Center. The date of the program is pending. Graduates who participate in the Virtual Commencement can also participate in the Winter Commencement program. 

Commencement 2021
2020 graduates are invited to come back to campus to participate in the traditional in-person UCI Commencement Ceremony scheduled at the end of Spring 2021. Due to capacity limits with our venue, graduates who participated in the Winter Commencement program will not be able to participate in this program. (Please note that the In-Person Winter Commencement and the Commencement 2021 program are pending based on the public health status at that time.)

Again, congratulations on your upcoming graduation and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times. While we are unable to come together to physically celebrate you, your achievements are nonetheless worthy of celebration.

For more information and updates, please visit

— UCI Commencement

MON, MARCH 16 - 6 P.M.

This is a follow up on our announcement regarding the status of the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. As we mentioned in our campuswide email on March 13, we are saddened by the decision to cancel the ceremonies for the graduating class of 2020. 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 that Coronavirus and resulting COVID-19 disease 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 UCI Commencement.

We are in the process of exploring two alternatives at this time. One possibility is a virtual ceremony. This idea is still in early development but updates will be provided in the coming weeks. In place of the June Commencement program, we are beginning our planning to hold in-person Commencement Ceremonies during the Winter 2020 recess that occurs mid-December 2020. This plan is contingent on our public health status at that time. Please keep in mind that there is still a possibility that we would not be able to hold the program.

We understand that the Commencement experience is about celebrating with family and loved ones a significant milestone in your personal and academic development. While the formal pomp and circumstance will not take place in June, we hope that we can create an experience that honors the commitment and sacrifice made by you and your family. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to find solutions during these unprecedented times.

For more UCI Coronavirus resources and updates, please visit You can stay up-to-date with UCI Commencement by visiting this page.

FRI, MARCH 13 - 4 P.M.

We are saddened to share that the UCI Commencement Ceremonies will not take place in the same way as previous years. We advise families not to make arrangements to come to the campus for the Commencement celebrations. We are actively looking at alternatives to celebrate our graduates in an appropriate manner. We understand that commencement is an important part of the UCI experience and we want to honor our students while still keeping our community safe. Graduating students should look for a separate message from the UCI Commencement office with details and information in the coming weeks.

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