Sunday Launch Update: June 11, 12:18 p.m.
We listened to your feedback overnight and made changes to the boot process. The students who participated in the return to school on Saturday morning were able to cross the stage and have their names read from 7:30 a.m.
To help ease the start of Sunday, we will follow a similar schedule. On Sunday, the stadium gates will open at 6 o’clock We ask students to arrive and secure a spot on the grounds by 7am when our program begins. Students will begin walking across the stage at 7:30 a.m. and have their names read to each other.
We recommend that you bring a card or a small piece of paper with your name clearly printed on it for the crossing of the stage. There will also be maps on site. Once your name has been read, we encourage you to leave the stadium after collecting your diploma.
Foggers, fans, shade tents and water stations are available throughout the UC Davis Health Stadium.
Family members of graduates are invited to watch a live broadcast of the ceremony in the air conditioning at the University Credit Union Center, which will be open as a cooling center. Our public safety officials recommend people get there before they start to feel bad.
Students who did not have the opportunity to cross the stage on Friday or Saturday will be contacted at a later date for their input on a future ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
Updated June 11, 8:30 a.m.
Today’s ceremony began at 7:30 a.m. The Chancellor welcomed the graduates. Names of graduates will be read until all names have been read or Security Services determine that it is too hot to continue. Speakers record their talks and they will be sent to graduates at a later date.
We took extra steps to mitigate the heat this morning. Family members of graduates can watch a live broadcast of the ceremony in the air conditioning at the University Credit Union Center, which was opened as a cooling center. The security services recommend that people go there before they start to feel sick. During the event itself, there are misters on the sides of the pitch. Fans and shade tents are also on the grounds. We have more water features, tents, misters and shade available for graduates and their families today.
Students who were unable to cross the stage on Saturday will be contacted, as well as students who were unable to cross the stage on Friday, for their input on a future ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
Updated June 10, 7:56 p.m.
To the UC Davis Community:
The weather forecast for Saturday June 11 includes an excessive heat warning. For this reason, we have made adjustments to Saturday’s Opening Ceremony.
Students arriving for the ceremony on Saturday must check in and be seated in the stadium immediately. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. sharp without a procession. We will hear from our keynote speaker, U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-California), and our student lecturer, present awards to students, then Chancellor Gary S. May and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Mary Croughan will present degrees. The ceremony will end at 9 a.m.
We know that walking across the stage and having your name read is one of the most exciting and rewarding days in life for students and families. While we cannot accommodate this aspect of the ceremony on Saturday, we will be inviting all Saturday graduates and Friday ceremony graduates who were unable to make it across the stage to return to campus at a later date. We’ll have more details on this makeup debut soon.
We appreciate the community’s understanding as we continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of our campus community.
Based on heat-related public health and safety concerns and demand from the UC Davis Fire Department, Fire Prevention Services, and Environmental Health and Safety, we had to put end at today’s opening ceremony early.
We deeply regret that some students did not have the chance to cross the stage. Chancellor Gary S. May and Provost Mary Croughan invite all students who were unable to cross to return with their families for a separate ceremony this Sunday. We appreciate your understanding and know this has been frustrating.
We will provide more information later today to graduates and families at www.ucdavis.edu/news.