Mandatory indoor masking has resumed at UCLA due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. View updated commencement COVID-19 protocols.

COVID-19 Protocols


FAQs

  • What are the COVID health protocols for UCLA Commencement 2022?
  • Please refer to the below tables for a summary of current COVID protocols for commencement ceremony graduates and guests.

  • Do I need to wear a mask at UCLA commencement?
  • In response to a consistent rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and on the UCLA campus, beginning Friday, May 27 the university reinstated a universal indoor masking policy for all students, staff, faculty, affiliates, and visitors to the UCLA campus regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies to, and will be enforced at, all indoor 2022 commencement ceremonies. It will also apply to guests and graduates temporarily going indoors to utilize university facilities or shop at campus retail establishments.

    The below masking exceptions at indoor UCLA commencement ceremonies are permitted:

        
    •  Commencement speakers may remove their masks to deliver their graduation addresses.
        
    •  Graduates may momentarily remove their masks while walking across the stage and while being photographed on or adjacent to the stage.

    In addition to the above ceremony exceptions, those dining indoors at campus restaurants may remove their masks while eating or drinking. However, outdoor dining and to-go options are strongly encouraged.


    A complete list of all current campus protocols addressing COVID-19 prevention, vaccines, testing, exposure management, and isolation/quarantine can be viewed on the UCLA COVID-19 website
  • I am a commencement guest. Do I need to be vaccinated or tested to attend commencement at UCLA? Will tests be available on site?
  • Currently, guests do not need to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to come to campus or enter a commencement venue.   

    As a precautionary accommodation for visiting guests who are concerned about potential exposure during travel, UCLA will have rapid antigen tests available at Bruin Plaza and the Dickson Plaza Flagpole. These tests will be provided free of charge and be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Anyone testing positive must not attend these events and must follow isolation rules. 

  • I am a graduate. Do I need to be vaccinated or tested to attend commencement at UCLA?
  • 2022 graduates must be in compliance with the UC Systemwide COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and must test in accordance with the ongoing UCLA surveillance testing program and receive a negative result prior to their ceremony. Alumni returning to participate in 2022 ceremonies are strongly encouraged to take a self-administered test prior to participation.

    More information on the established Spring Quarter COVID requirements for faculty, staff, and students can be found on the UCLA COVID-19 website

  • What if I have COVID symptoms?
  • Anyone who is symptomatic must not attend commencement events. 

    UCLA students, faculty, and staff must complete the campus daily symptom monitoring survey prior to arriving on campus.

  • What if I am traveling to UCLA from out of state?
  • Those who plan to attend should stay informed about the California Department of Public Health’s and LA County Department of Public Health’s most recent guidelines.    

  • What happens if Los Angeles County moves back into more restrictive COVID tiers between now and commencement weekend?
  • The situation with the pandemic is fluid. If Los Angeles County moves back into more restrictive tiers, the State and County guidelines could introduce new requirements for the events to be held. Information on protocol updates will be communicated to guests by email or other appropriate mediums.



UCLA Commencement 2022 – COVID Event Protocols Summary for Non-Affiliated Guests
 

  Outdoor Events Indoor Events Indoor Mega Events (Commencements in Pauley Pavilion, Royce Hall, and Ackerman Grand Ballroom)
Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test Not Required Not Required Not Required
Facial Masks if Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines, Including Boosters if Eligible Recommended Required Required
Facial Masks if Not Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines, Including Boosters if Eligible Recommended Required Required
Complete University Daily Symptom Monitoring Survey Not Required Not Required Not Required
Quarantine After Domestic Travel Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders
Quarantine After International Travel Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders


 

UCLA Commencement 2022 – COVID Event Protocols for Graduating Students, Faculty, and Staff
 

  Outdoor Events Indoor Events Indoor Mega Events (Commencements in Pauley Pavilion, Royce Hall, and Ackerman Grand Ballroom)
Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test Negative surveillance test required Negative surveillance test required Negative surveillance test required
Facial Masks if Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines, Including Boosters if Eligible Recommended Required Required
Facial Masks if Not Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines, Including Boosters if Eligible Recommended Required Required
Complete University Daily Symptom Monitoring Survey Required Required Required
Quarantine After Domestic Travel Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders
Quarantine After International Travel Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders Refer to LA County Public Health Officer Orders