Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Information for Guests


Attendees will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to enter the ceremony.

HOWEVER, THE UNIVERSAL INDOOR MASKING MANDATE HAS BEEN REINSTATED ON CAMPUS AND MASKS MUST BE WORN AT THE TIME OF ENTRY AND THE ENTIRE TIME THAT ATTENDEES (including children) ARE INSIDE ROYCE HALL.  Masks must be appropriate and must cover both the nose and mouth at all times.  For a higher level of protection, we highly recommend that graduates and their guests wear non-cloth, medical grade surgical masks or higher-grade respirators (N-95 or KN-95). Children younger than 2 are not required to be masked in order to enter.


Guests who are not yet up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations must remain masked while inside of Royce Hall.   Masking is strongly recommended for ALL guests ages 2 and older.

Royce Hall strongly recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending any event.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not come to campus.

For entrance into the ceremony, guests will need to show their digital tickets (the guest ticket is yellow).

Getting Here

View directions to Royce Hall.

Public Transportation Options

Cueing and Auditorium Seating

Doors will open at 2:00 pm for general admission seating in Royce Hall.  Prior to this Royce Hall staff will instruct guests to form lines outside the building for orchestra and balcony seating.  It it’s a clear sunny day, it will likely be hot.  Please plan to wear sunscreen, a hat and/or bring an umbrella.

Saving seats inside the auditorium is prohibited, so please make sure your entire party has arrived before entering Royce Hall to be seated.  Please allow time to accommodate for heavier traffic leading to the UCLA campus.


Items such as baby strollers, tripods, backpacks, balloons, etc, are not permitted in the auditorium of Royce Hall. They will need to be checked-in by guests/family members before entering the auditorium to be seated. The check-in counter is located on the West side of the main lobby of Royce Hall and opens at 2:30 pm.


UCLA Transportation uses the Bruin ePermit System where your license plate is your permit.

The Bruin ePermit system works similar to a supermarket scanner with your license plate functioning as the barcode. When read, the numbers of your plate are automatically referenced against the parking database to verify a valid permit for the lot location.

Students and guests attending 2022 Commencement ceremonies are able to purchase a parking permit online, anonymously, and in advance through the Bruin ePermit Event Parking portal beginning Monday, May 2.

To avoid long lines at the self-service pay stations on campus, it is recommended to purchase your parking permit in advance of attending the Commencement ceremonies.

  • General parking will be available in Parking Structures 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
  • Each permit will only be valid for one vehicle on the date selected
  • Guest account is not required
  • Depending on space availability you may be redirected to park in an alternative parking location, no additional parking permit will be required
  • Parking permits are non-refundable & non-transferrable

View the parking map and instructions for obtaining a parking permit.

Day of parking will also be available at our various visitor parking locations using the self-service Pay Station machines or ParkMobile. If utilizing Parkmobile you can use Parkmobile Zone 2590.

Accessible parking is available across campus and guests displaying valid DP parking placards or license plates who have purchased a Commencement permit may park in any legal parking stall with the exception of Passenger Loading (white curb) and Commercial Loading (yellow curb) spaces.

If you have questions, please contact us at or (310) 794-7433. For more information regarding the Graduate Celebration please visit the UCLA Commencement 2022 FAQs.


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