January 2016 Graduates

Congratulations on your recent graduation from USD! As a January graduate, your degree will be posted on your transcript by the second week in February to show proof of completion before May. Diplomas are mailed in mid-to-late February and should arrive within 6-8 weeks. If you have questions about your graduation status or have not yet received your diploma, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (619) 260-2888 or email registrar@sandiego.edu.

Mid-Year Graduates' Celebration Mass and Reception

A special mid-year Celebration Mass and reception will be held on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Founders Chapel for undergraduate, graduate and law students who complete their coursework in January 2016. All are invited to attend and celebrate with the graduates. Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 8 and include your total number of guests to University Events and Promotions at usdevents@sandiego.edu. The Mid-Year Graduates’ Celebration Mass is not a commencement ceremony, so caps and gowns are not worn and diplomas are not presented. A photographer will be at the reception to take individual photos of the graduates. The photography sitting is free-of-charge and caps and gowns will be provided for this purpose.

Mid-Year NROTC Graduates' Commissioning

The NROTC Mid-Year Commissioning will be Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier in downtown San Diego. For more information, contact the NROTC Office at 619-260-4811.

May 2016 Commencement

January 2016 graduates are encouraged to participate in May Commencement ceremonies. Upon completion of your degree requirements and payment of all university fees, you are set to participate in May 2016 Commencement ceremonies. Please refer to the Commencement website and check your USD email account throughout the spring for additional information on May commencement. Also be sure to “like” University of San Diego Commencement on Facebook to view reminders and the most recent updates.

Caps and Gowns

If you will be in the San Diego area and are able to attend, you may place your cap and gown order at GradFest at the USD Torero Store. There is a $25 fee for your cap and gown, which you may keep after graduation. You can also order graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames and have a photo taken in cap and gown. There is no sitting fee and proofs will be forwarded to you via email. Representatives from many university departments will be on hand to answer questions. See the USD Torero Store website, www.usdtorerostores.com, for more information about Grad Fest.

January graduates who will not be in the San Diego area during Grad Fest should visit www.usdtorerostores.com to place their orders online for cap and gown, announcements, and other graduation memorabilia. The last day to order caps and gowns online is March 31. Cap and gown pick up for all students begins May 2 at the USD Torero Store during regular bookstore hours, and at the "Grad Fest II Celebration" at the Degheri Alumni Center. See the USD Torero Store website for more information on dates and times of Grad Fest and Grad Fest II.

Grad Fest II Celebration

If you will be in the San Diego area and are able to attend, come by the Degheri Alumni Center for the Grad Fest II Celebration to pick up your pre-ordered cap and gown and tickets in advance, record your name (10 a.m.-4 p.m. only), check your petition status, and ask questions, all in one place. Join the fun and celebratory atmosphere with free food and music. See www.usdtorerostores.com for the date and time of Grad Fest II.


Undergraduate ceremonies ticket pick up begins May 2 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Students must pick up their allotted tickets in person at the JCP Ticket Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20. January graduates who no longer live in the San Diego area should arrange for ticket pick up ahead of time by contacting the JCP Ticket Office at (619) 260-7550 or e-mail tickets@sandiego.edu.

Students graduating from the undergraduate ceremonies (both the morning College of Arts & Sciences ceremony and the afternoon School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering afternoon ceremony) are allotted seven (7) tickets each. Tickets are not needed for the Law School or Graduate Schools ceremonies, the NROTC Commissioning ceremony, or any of the Commencement masses.

Law School and Graduate School ceremonies do not require tickets. They are not as large as the undergraduate ceremonies.

Name Pronunciation at Commencement

To facilitate the reading of names at Commencement, students may record their names using a name pronunciation software program set up at Grad Fest, at a kiosk on campus, or by utilizing the online recording option if they do not live in the San Diego area. The deadline for recording your name is Friday, May 13. For more information, please see www.sandiego.edu/its/pronunciation/instructions/online.

Commencement Photos

Grad Images Photography will be taking photographs of each graduate on stage during the commencement ceremonies.  Each graduate will be sent no-obligation proofs of the commencement photographs via email and text after the event. Proofs will also be sent via postal mail. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints after you have seen your proofs.  Prior to the ceremony, visit www.gradimages.com/preregistration. Enter your email and up to 6 emails who you would like to share in your accomplishment by allowing them to view and order your photos. If you have any questions about your commencement ceremony photographs, please visit www.gradimages.com/universityofsandiego or call toll-free 1-800-261-2576.

Commencement DVD Ordering

The University of San Diego will produce a commemorative DVD of the 2016 ceremonies. Place your order beginning in February by visiting www.sandiego.edu/commencement and clicking on the link "Order Commencement DVDs" under the section "Additional Information." DVDs should arrive by mail 6-8 weeks after commencement. Please email commencementdvd@sandiego.edu if you have questions about your order.

Flowers and Leis

Orchid leis and roses are available for purchase before each Commencement ceremony. A percentage of all sales supports ongoing university programs. Flowers can be reserved online at www.graduationleis.com and picked up in front of the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the day of the ceremony. For more information, contact info@graduationleis.com or call (619) 268-1330.

Contact Information

5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4600

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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