Announcement: Cancellation of Fall 2020 Commencement

On October 16, Chancellor May announced the cancellation of the in-person Fall 2020 Commencement ceremonies. “Under public health guidelines, it is just too large an event to be held safely,” said May. “We had been looking forward to this commencement, not only for our fall graduates, but for others who wished to return after missing their in-person commencements last spring.”

Although Graduate Studies will not hold an in-person commencement ceremony or virtual graduation celebration until Spring 2021 at the earliest, degrees will still be conferred as students complete their studies. More information about Spring 2021 to come in the new year.

Graduate Studies knows that a commencement ceremony, particularly one celebrating the completion of a graduate degree, is one of the most important milestones in a student’s academic and professional life. Graduate Studies always looks forward to watching our graduates cross the stage at this momentous occasion with their loved ones present.

We will plan an in-person commencement ceremony as soon as public health conditions allow. Please visit periodically for the latest updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to email

About Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes over 100 dynamic degree programs and a diverse and interactive student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options, bringing students and faculty of different academic disciplines together to address real-world challenges.
UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars become leaders in their fields: researchers, teachers, politicians, mentors and entrepreneurs. They go on to guide, define and impact change within our global community.

For information on Graduate Studies’ current strategic initiatives, visit the Graduate Studies strategic plan page.

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