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Black Graduation

At the end of every academic year, the Black Resource Center partners with the Black Student Union to host our annual Black Graduation Ceremony.  The Black Graduation Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor Black students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree from the University of California San Diego.  The event recognizes their accomplishment and provides an opportunity for graduates to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goal.  The ceremony reinforces the bonds of scholarship and extends the sense of community and belonging.  The intimate ceremony is representative of African and African-American culture and culminates with a Kente Stole presentation.

2024 Ceremony

The 2024 Black Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday June 14, 2024 at 4pm at the LionTree Arena on campus. Black Graduation occurs prior to UC San Diego commencement ceremonies.  More details will be shared at a later date.

Directions To  LionTree Arena:

  • From Interstate 5, exit Genesee Avenue
  • Head west on Genesee
  • Turn left on North Torrey Pines Road
  • Turn left on Northpoint Drive
  • Continue through two stop signs. As the road curves to the right it becomes John Hopkins Drive.
  • Park in Hopkins Parking Structure, which will be on your right. LionTree Arena is directly north of the parking structure.

Parking permits are required seven days per week on the UC San Diego campus. For UC San Diego Parking information, click here or download the Parkmobile smartphone or web application.


  • You must be a registered undergraduate or graduate/professional student
  • You must complete your degree requirements by the end of Fall 2024 to participate in the 2024 Ceremony.
  • You must fill out the registration form by no later than May 10, 2024 for Black Grad 2024.
  • Registered graduates must attend a Black Graduation Rehearsal meeting (time and date to be determined).



Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

2023 Black Graduation Ceremony Recording

2023 Black Graduation Program