Tickets & Registration
Ticket Information for UCI’s Fall Commencement in December

TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for admission to all Commencement Ceremonies.

Graduates need to reserve guest tickets in early November.

The guest seating location is assigned when the graduate downloads their tickets beginning November 28th at 10 a.m.

Online Ticket Reservations for Commencement open on:

    • Wednesday, November 1st at 10 a.m.

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All ticket reservations close November 9th at 5 p.m. Late reservations are only accepted based on availability. The ceremony has a maximum ticket allocation of 6 tickets per graduate.

Downloading & Printing

  • Tickets must be printed electronically by each graduate prior to the ceremony day. Tickets are assigned with seat information printed on the ticket.
  • After downloading your tickets November 28, View your ticket location here: Bren Events Center seating chart »
  • Ticket seating locations can not be changed unless the change is being made due to an accommodation request based on a disability.
  • Graduates who previously reserved tickets will receive instructions by email when their guest tickets are available to download.
  • Online ticket printing is available via Bren Events Center Ticketing starting November 28th at 10 a.m.
  • Tickets must be given to graduates’ guests prior to the lineup time. There will be no further interaction between guests and graduates until after the ceremony. Only graduates are in the line up area. Guests can not enter the graduate line up area.

Important Details

  • Graduates who have contacted the Commencement Office to reserve special accommodation seating for their guests due to a disability will not download their tickets. Their tickets will be sent directly to them via email.
  • Forgotten or lost tickets cannot be replaced.
Bren Events Center Seating

Bren Events Center seating chart »

Guests enter the arena from the top and will take stairs down to their assigned seating. Elevators are available in the lobby for those assigned to the accessible seating area near the floor.

The arena has 2 large video boards to project live video during the ceremony and make it easy for guests to see the stage.

When graduates download their tickets in late November, The Bren ticketing system will automatically assign the 6 best seats available at that time. It may assign 4 tickets together in a row with 2 seats together in the row directly in front of or behind the other row. This setup is best for families to be able to talk to each other before the ceremony begins. Seats may become more scattered if graduates register and download their tickets late. Seat assignments cannot be changed unless it is due to a change in guest accommodation needs. It is best to verify if guests have any accommodation needs ahead of time so that you can reserve the correct seating for them before downloading tickets. Information on accessible seating can be found below.

Graduates with reserved accessible guest seating WILL NOT download their tickets since these seats are in pre-assigned areas. Accessible seating tickets will be emailed directly to the graduate around November 28th.

Special Services & Accommodations for Graduates and Guests

Accessible seating accommodations are available for graduates and their guests who use a wheelchair  or have restricted mobility.

  • Wheelchair Accessible seating is stationed throughout the Bren Events Center

  • Restricted Mobility seats are reserved in the last 2 rows of the Bren Events Center. When Guests enter the arena, these are the closest seats to the entrance and exit of the venue. 

American Sign Language interpretation services are available. Graduates-Please contact the Commencement Office to make an accommodation request for these services. Services can be available for graduates and guests.

Assistive Listening Devices for guests may be checked out from the front desk of the Bren Events Center.

Animals are prohibited with the exception of Service animals.

Arrangements for these services must be made in advance by each graduate during the ticket reservation dates in early November. Graduates should email the Commencement office to make an accommodation request.
  • The Commencement office will try to accommodate late requests when available. 

  • The day of Commencement, requests to change guest seating for wheelchair accessibility seating or limited mobility seating, must be made at the Bren Events Center box office. For your convenience, the Bren Box Office is staffed 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. The staff of the Bren Events Center will attempt to exchange your tickets for appropriate seating, depending upon availability.

Parking Permits

Permits are not required for disabled parking, and advance arrangements are not needed. Notify the on-duty parking attendant when you arrive. Please do not contact Parking and Transportation Services.

Disabled/elderly parking for ceremonies held in the Bren Events Center will be located on the 2nd floor of the Mesa Parking Structure and parking lot 14A. Traffic directors will be available to guide drivers needing accessible parking.

Cart Service

Available to and from parking lot 14A and the Bren Events Center. Cart service is limited to the disabled/elderly guest and one family member.

Drop-Off Area

For ceremonies held in the Bren Events Center, disabled/elderly passengers may be dropped off in designated areas near the facility.

Guests arriving in ride share services or their own vehicles, should directly go to the 2nd floor of the Mesa Parking Structure. There you will be directed to the designated ADA/Drop-off area to park as an ADA patron or be dropped off. 

Graduates and participants should anticipate heavy traffic and plan accordingly to get to their designated staging area.

For everyone’s safety, please do not drop off passengers in the middle of the road or curbside.