Graduate Stage Moments
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The Graduate Stage Moments focus on giving each graduate individual recognition on the Commencement stage. This process will be similar for graduates crossing the stage in a traditional ceremony. Graduates who chose to participate will wear their regalia and individually cross the Commencement stage while their name is announced.
Graduate Stage Moments Schedule

Graduate Stage Moments will take place daily from June 13-17, from 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Graduates are able to reserve one spot during any available 15 minute reservation. Reservations will not be set by specific school or degree for our baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The entire experience is expected to take about 30 minutes from arrival to the end of the celebration. This is not a seated program.

  • Graduates must pre-register for a time frame to be able to attend. Registration opened on Tuesday, May 11 and closed Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. PDT. 

  • No walk-ins will be permitted. 

  • Only those graduates cleared for graduation and with a confirmed reservation QR code will be allowed to participate.

  • Graduates may have a maximum of 2 guests accompany them for their Graduate Stage Moment. 

Graduates in the Paul Merage School of Business should receive an email from their school with information for their Graduate Stage Moments as some details may be different.

Grad Hooding Stage Moments

M.F.A., D.N.P. and Ph.D. candidates eligible for the Grad Hooding Ceremony have a specific date and time frame for their Grad Hooding Stage Moments.

Grad Hooding Stage Moments will be held only on Sunday, June 13 between 4-7 p.m.

As part of the registration process these graduates will need to identify their hooder. Graduates and their hooders will then be assigned a specific 15 minute time frame between 4-7 p.m. Both the graduate and the hooder will continue to wear their mask on stage for the hooding.

Graduate Stage Moment Registration

Registration opened on Tuesday, May 11 and closed Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. PDT

Email [email protected] with registration questions.

What to expect for your Graduate Stage Moment

Graduates of the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 are able to sign up to participate in our Graduate Stage Moments – a special in-person procession and individual commemoration – at which they will have their names read aloud, proceed across the Commencement stage inside the Bren Events Center and have their photographs taken. Registration opened on Tuesday, May 11 and closed Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. PDT

These recognitions will be carried out in accordance with public health guidelines and will be offered over the course of several days from June 13 - 17.

Appropriate regalia is required for all in-person celebrations. Graduates will need to purchase their regalia and allow ample time for delivery.

Check-In & Security Screening
  • Graduates will receive a QR code for their check-in reservation prior to their arrival. 

  • No physical tickets will be distributed. 

  • Graduates and their 2 guests must check in together at least 15 minutes prior to their reserved time. Allow additional time for parking.

  • Guests will not be permitted to enter without accompanying their graduate during their check-in. Graduates and guests must navigate stairs. If a graduate or their guests will need an accommodation based on disability, the graduate can share that information during registration.

  • At check-in, the group will go through a security screening and symptom screening process. 

  • No large bags or items, alcohol, gifts, balloons, noisemakers, confetti or other props are permitted. Backpacks are not permitted beyond the check-in area. Guests will be asked to return these items to their car. Additional prohibited items »

  • Masks are required on campus and groups must remain physically distanced from other groups.

Crossing the Stage
  • After checking in, graduates and their guests will join the line to enter the Bren Events Center by way of the Anteater Tunnel accompanied by “Pomp and Circumstance.” 

  • When the graduate and their group reach the stage, the guests will separate from their graduate and proceed to the viewing area on the floor in front of the stage. The graduate will scan their QR code sending their information to the reader who will read their name as they cross the stage.

  • Commencement photographers will take photos of the graduate and then proceed off the stage to join their guests before exiting the Bren Events Center. 

  • The entire Graduate Stage Moment will be streamed live for those guests watching from home.

  • Commencement photographers will capture photos on and off stage that will be available for purchase. Grads' guests will be permitted to take photos from the viewing area.

  • As the group exits the venue, they will be routed to the Anteater statue for their own photo opportunities before returning to the car. 

Flowers & Gifts
  • Graduates and guests can pre-order leis and flowers for pick up prior to check-in.

  • The Hill (bookstore) will be open for last minute souvenir purchases. Pre-orders are also available online for in-store pickup.

  • The UCI Alumni Association will also be on site to welcome graduates as our newest alumni.