Congratulations to the Class of 2017!


Please join us for our 52nd annual Commencement Ceremony on
 

Monday, June 19, 2017


featuring Distinguished Executive Speaker 

  

William Wang
Founder, CEO and Chairman
VIZIO, Inc.

and
 

Mark C. Kehke '83, MBA '93

as our UCIAA Mace Marshal

 

 

Chancellor Howard Gillman, presiding


Graduate Check-in Time for Class Photos: 7:30 a.m.
Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bren Events Center, UC Irvine Campus

 


Reception immediately follows on the Merage School grounds


The Paul Merage School of Business is pleased to be graduating new business leaders at all levels -- including our Undergraduate business majors, our Full-Time, Fully Employed, Executive and Health Care Executive MBAs, our Masters of Professional Accountancy and our Doctorate candidates.

Please see our FAQ page that covers a variety of information not found on other pages.

 

FOR ALL MERAGE SCHOOL GRADUATES:

PLEASE NOTE:  Our Commencement Ceremony is conducted differently than other school ceremonies and many of the procedures are different. Please follow all instructions below and those emailed to you by your Merage School Program Office (NOT those instructions from UCIAA).  Contact us if you have any questions.
 
NO GUEST TICKETS NEEDED:
Unlike some other schools' ceremonies, no guest tickets are needed for the Merage School ceremony. Please see our FAQ page for more information.

VIP RESERVED SEATING: For all graduates who join the Dean’s Leadership Circle by May 12th, you will receive VIP front row seating for your family and friends and be recognized in the commencement program.

NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER: Please see the directions on the UC Irvine Commencement website to sign up before April to audition to sing the National Anthem at our ceremony.


STUDENT SPEAKER: The Merage School is pleased to invite auditions for a graduating student speaker to represent the Class of 2017. Please download the Student Commencement Speaker Instructions for 2017 early to meet the initial April 5, 2017 deadline.

SELFIE SHOUT OUT VIDEO: Have some fun and film a shout out to your guests on your big day. While you are outside the Bren Center lining up for the procession, we’ll show all the Shout Out Videos to the audience inside the Bren Center so everyone can hear and see you thank your loved ones for their support. Videos are due May 15, 2017. Download Instructions here.

UNDERGRADUATE INSTRUCTIONS

 
CAP & GOWN PURCHASING AND PICKUP:  Undergraduates participating in Commencement are required to purchase their Cap and Gown through UCIAA.  See the UCI Alumni Association website for more information and pricing. All undergraduate gowns must be purchased at Grad Expo in April.
 

CAP & GOWN AFTER GRADUATION: Undergrad regalia is non-returnable; your cap, tassel and gown are yours to keep.

CEREMONY CHECK IN TIME: Please plan to arrive no later than 7:30am. Signs at the Bren Center will direct you where to meet for class photos and procession lineup by the tennis courts. Please wear your cap and gown. Your class will be asked to split up into two lines for the procession. Grads are in no particular order so you can sit with your friends to celebrate the day. See the FAQ page to help your guests know where to look for you.

PHOTOS:  GradImages is the official event photographer that will be taking several different shots of each graduate. Starting in May 2017, you can pre-register to receive more information at www.GradImages.com; search on "Irvine" and select the Merage School.
 

MASTERS PROGRAMS INSTRUCTIONS

 
CAP & GOWN RENTAL ORDERING:  All graduates must have proper regalia to participate in the ceremony. MBA regalia orders should be placed online between February 27 and March 26, 2017:   
CAP & GOWN DISTRIBUTION
: Your Program Office will contact you with instructions when regalia is ready to be picked up at your Program Office (approximately June 5). All graduates must have proper regalia to participate in the ceremony. Please download instructions on how to wear the regalia.

GOWN & HOOD RENTAL RETURNS: Your cap, tassel and commemorative Anteater zipper pull are yours to keep; gowns and hoods must be returned immediately after the ceremony in one of the drop boxes outside the Bren Center. Any rentals not returned directly after the ceremony will be assessed a $400 fee.

CEREMONY CHECK IN TIME: Please plan to arrive no later than 7:30am. Signs at the Bren Center will direct you where to meet for class photos and procession lineup by the tennis courts. Please wear your cap and gown; you can download instructions on how to wear the regalia or assistance will be provided at the Bren Center. Your class will be asked to split up into two lines that will each walk down the center aisle to your seats. Grads are in no particular order so you can sit with your friends to celebrate the day. See the FAQ page to help your guests know where to look for you.

PHOTOS:  GradImages is the official event photographer that will be taking several different shots of each graduate. Next May, you can pre-register to receive more information at www.GradImages.com; search on "Irvine" and select the Merage School.

PHD INSTRUCTIONS


CAP & GOWN ORDERING:  PhDs participating in Commencement are required to purchase their Cap and Gown.  See the UCI Alumni Association website for more information and pricing.

CAP & GOWN DISTRIBUTION: The PhD Program Office will contact you with instructions when regalia is ready to be picked up at the Program Office (approximately June 5). All graduates must have proper regalia to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

HOODING CEREMONY IS ON JUNE 19: Although the University holds a graduate hooding ceremony, the Hooding Ceremony for Merage School PhD candidates takes place on stage at our Commencement Ceremony.

CEREMONY CHECK IN TIME
: Please plan to meet in the Koll Room (lower level of the Bren Center) no later than 8:30 am for hooding and pictures.  PhD graduates march in the procession with the faculty and sit in the front row facing the stage.

PHOTOS:  GradImages is the official event photographer that will be taking several different shots of each graduate. Next May, you can pre-register to receive more information at www.GradImages.com; search on "Irvine" and select the Merage School.

CAP & GOWN AFTER GRADUATION: PhD regalia is non-returnable; your cap, tassel, hood and gown are yours to keep.
Looking for Grad Gifts?
Check out the UCI bookstore for Merage School apparel and accessories or visit the FAQ page on this site for flowers and leis at the ceremony.

Gift for Your Grad
Giving from recent graduates and their families is a treasured tradition at all prominent Universities. Today you can pay it forward and pave the way for the next generation by making a donation to the programs that helped shape your experience at the Merage School.

Merage School Alumni Network
Your membership is free; just keep in touch to receive the latest news, benefits and events invitations.

Dean's Leadership Circle
Graduation is just the beginning. Continue to invest in your career, connect with global leaders and grow your network as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Circle. (Members receive reserved VIP seating for their family and friends at commencement)

UC Irvine Alumni Network
The UC Irvine campus offers additional alumni benefits for a small fee to expand your network even further.