Commencement

San Diego County COVID-19 Tier Level: Orange 
Currently, San Diego County is in the orange tier, which limits the number of people who would be able to attend any in-person Commencement ceremony at the University of San Diego. The university continues to monitor county and state regulations regarding hosting in-person events. If the tier level changes, the university will adjust its Commencement protocols in accordance with restrictions recommended by State of California and San Diego County. Additional information on red-tier guidelines and restrictions, including for live events, can be found here.

2021 Commencement Dates*

Saturday, May 15

Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 Graduate Programs (9:00 a.m. PDT):
School of Law

Class of 2021 Graduate Programs (2:30 p.m. PDT):
School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Professional and Continuing Education

Sunday, May 16

Class of 2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Programs (9:00 a.m. PDT):
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Professional & Continuing Education
School of Business
School of Leadership and Education Sciences
 
Class of 2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Programs (2:30 p.m. PDT):
College of Arts and Sciences
Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

Friday, May 21

NROTC Commissioning Ceremony (10:00 a.m. PDT)**

Saturday, May 22

Class of 2021 Graduate Programs (9:00 a.m. PDT):
College of Arts and Science
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
School of Business
Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
 
Baccalaureate Mass (4:00 p.m. PDT)

Sunday, May 23

Class of 2021 Undergraduate Programs (9:00 a.m. PDT):
College of Arts and Sciences
 
Class of 2021 Undergraduate Programs (2:30 p.m. PDT):
School of Business
Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

*The University of San Diego continues to monitor county and state regulations. The current plan is to host in-person ceremonies, rain or shine, on the field of Torero Stadium for both the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020. Attendance will be very limited. Due to space restrictions and health and safety guidelines, only two guest invitations may be extended per graduate. Please continue to monitor this website for the most current details, protocols and safety measures regarding Commencement 2021. We will update the site regularly as state and local regulations continue to evolve.

**The Commissioning ceremony will be virtual for family and friends, but graduating seniors are to be commissioned on board the USS Midway.


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