It’s that time of year again: graduation ceremonies will be taking place all over San Diego, including some this weekend.
This time, it's the University of San Diego's (USD) turn to take the spotlight.
USD students will graduate over the next two weekends: one group on Saturday and the others on May 27 and May 28. The ceremonies will be held at the university's Jenny Craig Pavilion, located at 5998 Alcala Park.
On Saturday, students graduating from USD’s School of Law will walk toward their futures in 9 a.m. ceremony. Grads and their families are welcome to attend the School of Law Commencement Reception held immediately after the graduation ceremony at the Hahn University Center.
One week later, on May 27, USD’s graduate students from multiple schools will have their ceremonies from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
On Sunday, May 28, some of USD's undergraduates will get their turn in the graduation spotlight. The College of Arts & Sciences will have its commencement ceremony from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Then, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., students from the Undergraduate School of Business & Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering will take that walk to receive their degrees.
USD said guests may enter campus from the east or west entrance to campus.
Parking personnel will be at each entrance to direct guests to parking areas located in the Mission Parking Structure just inside the east entrance. Parking will 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. USD tram service will shuttle graduates and guests to and from the Mission and West parking structures and the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
USD will also be broadcasting each of the graduation ceremonies on their website.
The last major San Diego-area university to close out graduation season will be the University of California San Diego.
On Saturday, June 17, the class of 2017 will gather at RIMAC Field for the All Campus Ceremony, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Keynote address will be given by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Following the All Campus Commencement ceremony, all of UC San Diego’s six colleges will hold their individual ceremonies on RIMAC Field as follows:
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
John Muir College
Saturday, June 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thurgood Marshall College
Sunday, June 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt College
Sunday, June 18 at 8 a.m.
Sunday, June 18 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.
UC San Diego says parking passes are required to park on campus or at the off-site parking location at Qualcomm Stadium for the All Campus Commencement ceremony.
Warren, Muir, and Graduate Division graduates will receive an on-site permit for parking on Saturday.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Marshall, Revelle and Sixth graduates will receive an off-site permit for Saturday morning.
For those with limited accessibility, UC San Diego says attendees who have an officially issued handicap placard or license plate will be allowed to park in Hopkins Parking Structure, located on Voigt Drive.
They must enter the campus from Campus Point Drive and follow the direction of the parking attendants. A motorized cart service will be available for individuals requiring assistance and one guest, according to UC San Diego. Others will be asked to walk and meet their party at the entrance to RIMAC Field nearby.
Last weekend, San Diego State University (SDSU) students were the first group of local grads to kick off the season in San Diego. More than 10,000 Aztecs walked across the stage at the Viejas Arena over several ceremonies.