Graduation CapStudents are strongly encouraged to attend both graduation ceremonies.

SDSU Commencement

The SDSU (College of Science “hooding” ceremony) usually occurs on the third weekend in May.  For more information about SDSU’s Commencement, visit the following website:  Please Note:  Doctoral students AND hooding professors will be required to attend a rehearsal the Wednesday before graduation.  More details can be found at the website above.

  • Email the Program Coordinators the name of your hooding professor no later than by April 15 if attending.

Tickets: To order tickets remotely, you will need to complete the Commencement Ticket Request Form. This form can be found on the commencement website listed above under students/tickets.

Regalia: You can order your PhD regalia (including your cap and gown) after April 1st online at

UC San Diego Commencement

The UC San Diego Graduate and professional school graduation ceremony is typically held in mid-June.  For more information about UC San Diego’s Commencement, visit the following website:

  • Online registration is required to attend.
  • UC San Diego College for the JDP is “Graduate Division”
  • Email the Program Coordinators the name of your hooding professor.

Tickets: No tickets are required for UC San Diego Graduate Division Commencement
Regalia:  You may order PhD regalia at the UC San Diego Bookstore

NOTE:  Your name will be printed in the SDSU commencement booklet the year you graduate.  For UC San Diego, your name will ONLY be printed in UC San Diego’s commencement booklet if you register online to attend the Grad Division ceremony; Otherwise, your name will not be printed in the booklet until the following year.