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Fall Commencement

December 16, 2017 - 11:00am

We are pleased to share that in response to student demand, we are beginning a new tradition of Fall Commencement.

The ceremony, which will be held at 11 a.m. on December 16 in The Art Kamangar Center at the historic Merced Theatre downtown, will include all the pomp and circumstance you expect at commencement — caps and gowns, full regalia and crossing the stage in front of your friends and family.

Fall graduates have the option of participating in this new Fall Commencement, or in the Spring Commencement for their school. Fall participants will not be eligible to participate again in spring.

For additional information, please email


Q: Will there be two Fall Commencement ceremonies, like there are in the spring?

A: Fall Commencement is a combined ceremony for all schools and degree levels. Spring Commencement will remain two ceremonies — one for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, and one for the School of Engineering and School of Natural Sciences.

Q: Will Fall Commencement include a full commencement experience?

A: Yes. Protected from the elements in The Art Kamangar Center at The Merced Theatre, graduates will dress in traditional cap and gown, they will hear from a keynote speaker, and they will cross the stage in front of friends and families as their names are read.

Q: Can a fall graduate participate in both the fall and spring ceremonies?

A: No, students must choose one ceremony or the other.

Q: How many tickets will be available for Fall Commencement?

A: Four guest tickets per graduate will be issued, and graduates may submit an appeal for additional tickets. Additional tickets will be granted based on availability.

Q: Will there be a traditional hooding ceremony for Ph.D. candidates in the fall ceremony?

A: Yes, there will be a hooding ceremony.


The Art Kamangar Center at The Merced Theatre

Contact Information

Commencement Office
5200 N. Lake Rd
Merced, CA 95343
United States
301 W. Main Street
Merced, CA 95340
United States