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The Ceremony

Commencement for the Class of 2015 is set for Friday, May 15, 2015 at 4:00p.m. at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the UC Davis campus.


Map to Mondavi Center and South Entry Parking.  Free parking will be available in the South Entry parking structure.


Candidates will assemble at 2:30 in the Studio Theater at the Mondavi Center. Your guests will use the Mondavi Center main lobby entrance. Lobby doors open at 3:00p.m. and auditorium doors open at 3:30p.m. The ceremony begins at 4:00p.m. Tickets are general admission seating. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO THE CEREMONY. THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS YOU CAN HAVE. The ceremony usually lasts about 2 hours.  Campus ATS Mediaworks will provide Live Commencement Video for friends and family who wish to view the ceremony online.


Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held for degree recipients, their families and friends, and friends of the School. Some families stay at the reception the entire time and others mingle quickly and leave. Finger food and beverages will be served at the reception. The reception will be held in the lobby of the Mondavi Center.

2015 Commencement Speakers:
Welcoming Remarks: Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Student Speaker: JP Wallis
Faculty Speaker: Professor Ashutosh Bhagwat
Presenting the Law School Medal: Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Commencement Address: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Conferring the Degrees: Provost Ralph Hexter
Marshals - Professor of Law: Professor David Horton
Professor of Law: Professor Edward Imwinkelried


Grad Images is the official photographer for our commencement. A photographer will take your picture immediately off stage. Proofs will be available three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online. Family and friends wishing to take photographs of candidates are requested to do so either before or after the ceremony. During the ceremony family and friends will not be allowed to approach the stage or stand in the aisles.

Videotaping the ceremony is allowed as long as the equipment does not obstruct the aisles and other guests' view.


The UC Davis Campus vendor for commencement flowers is:  Graduation Day Flowers

Special Assistance

Wheelchairs are not provided by the Mondavi Center. However, wheelchairs are allowed at the Mondavi Center. Disabled parking spaces are located close to the Mondavi Center.

General Information

For general information, the UC Davis Commencement Handbook is available online here.