Commencement

Drop Shadow

Guest Guide

Parking and Tram Service
Parking for Disabled Guests
Ceremony and Seating
Hotels
Dining on Campus
Flowers and Leis
Commencement Photos
Commencement Information
Graduation Gifts and Memorabilia
Parent Relations
Commencement DVD

Parking and Tram Service

The USD campus is located off Linda Vista Road. Guests may enter campus from the east or west entrance to campus (see map). Parking personnel at each entrance will direct guests to parking areas located in the Mission Parking Structure just inside the east entrance. Parking is also available on the west side of campus in the West Parking Structure. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before ceremony start-time to avoid traffic congestion. Free USD tram service will shuttle graduates and guests from the Mission and West parking structures to the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Parking for Disabled Guests

Vehicles displaying a DMV-issued disabled person parking placard or license plate will be directed by parking personnel to park in a reserved area on the third floor of the Mission Parking Structure. If a temporary disabled parking permit is needed, please contact the Office of Parent Relations by May 1 at (619) 260-4808 or email parents@sandiego.edu.

Please note that guests are not permitted to drop off or pick up passengers in front of the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD Tram Services will transport disabled and elderly guests from the third floor entrance of the Mission Parking Structure.

For more information on parking, please visit www.sandiego.edu/parking or call (619) 260-4518.

Ceremony and Seating

The Jenny Craig Pavilion opens one hour before each Commencement ceremony start-time. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are required for the Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, but are not needed for the Law School or Graduate Schools Commencement ceremonies.

Seven (7) tickets are allotted to each student for the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate morning ceremony and eight (8) for the smaller School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering undergraduate afternoon ceremony. Children who are two years-old or younger do not need a ticket if they sit on an adult's lap. Children who are 3 years-old and older must have their own ticket.

The University does not encourage or support the selling of Commencement tickets. Selling Commencement tickets is prohibited.

Guests without tickets may view a closed-circuit broadcast of the ceremonies. The Arts and Sciences morning ceremony and the School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering afternoon ceremony will be broadcast in the Hahn University Center Forums. Guests may also view the live webcast online at http://www.sandiego.edu/commencement/live/.

Guests who are hearing impaired may request special seating from a commencement usher. Disabled guests may request that a companion sit with them. Video screens are located on either side of the pavilion.

For more information on disabled or special needs accommodation for guests, please contact the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office at (619) 260-7550 or at tickets@sandiego.edu.

Hotels

Guests are encouraged to make hotel reservations early. Mission Valley, Old Town and Hotel Circle offer a wide selection of hotels and motels from which to choose.

USD partners with Bartell Hotels, owned by a USD alumnus, for special discounted rates. To make reservations or for more information on Bartell Hotels’ properties, visit www.usdpartnership.com or call (800) 345-9995 and ask for the USD rate.

Dining on Campus

La Gran Terraza restaurant, inside the Hahn University Center, will be open for Sunday brunch (10:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.). Advance reservations are recommended and can be made online. For parties of 9 persons or more, please make reservations by calling the restaurant at (619) 849-8205. Tu Mercado, a natural foods grocery store located on the second floor of the Student Life Pavilion, will be open from 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m both days.

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.

Commencement Photos

A professional photographer from California Candids will take two photos of each graduate, one photo receiving the diploma case and a second photo holding the diploma case. Guests are not permitted to approach the stage area to take photos. Graduates will receive online photo proofs with ordering instructions within a week of the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase. Additional information is available at http://www.gradphotos.com/information/ or call toll-free (866) 882-2897 to check the status of your proofs or order.

Commencement DVD

The University of San Diego will produce a commemorative DVD of the 2014. ceremonies. Ordering information can be found on the Commencement DVD ordering page. DVDs should arrive by mail 6-8 weeks after commencement. Please email commencementdvd@sandiego.edu if you have questions about your order.

Graduation Gifts and Memorabilia

Information about graduation gifts, diploma frames, regalia, announcements, class rings, and alumni merchandise can be found on the USD Torero Store’s website. The USD Torero Store, located on the ground floor of Loma Hall, will be open Saturday, May 24 from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 from 7:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Parent Relations

Parents and families of graduates can find additional information on the Parent Relations website. Also check for commencement-related updates in the monthly Parent Relations E-Newsletter.

Commencement Information

For additional Commencement information, please refer to the Commencement website at www.sandiego.edu/commencement.