Commencement 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Aldrich Park at UC Irvine

Graduate Reflections

Julie Hartlé, Class of 2017
Chosen by the Class of 2017

Faculty Speaker

Mark Rosenbaum
Adjunct Professor of Law; Director, Public Counsel, Opportunity Under Law
Chosen by the Class of 2017

Commencement Information

2017 Grad Fair: The Class of 2017 Grad Fair will take place Wednesday, March 8, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in the Courtyard. At this time, graduates can be measured for their caps and gowns, and order graduation announcements.

If you plan to walk at this year’s commencement, rental orders MUST be placed by Thursday, March 16 by clicking on “Regalia Order Form” below. Rental fee is $85 and you will be prompted to enter your measurements; all regalia orders will come with an adjustable tam (hat) which is yours to keep.

Regalia Order Form

Regalia Pick-Up: Regalia will be available to pick up in EDU 1121 on Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11 during these times:
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

You may only pick up your own regalia; be prepared to try on your cap and gown upon pickup to ensure all pieces fit properly.

Please note that Regalia will not be available on the day of Commencement.

Note that graduates are required to return their regalia immediately following the ceremony. A regalia return table will be set up at the Commencement Reception. Failure to return your regalia will result in a $400 fee by the vendor.

Graduation Announcements
To purchase announcements, click here for details about ordering from CB Graduation Announcements/Balfour.

Assistant Dean for Student Services Elizabeth Schroeder will read your name as you walk across the stage to get your diploma. If you have a name that you think she might mispronounce, please email her at with your name phonetically spelled. If you like, include your telephone number and she will practice your name while you listen, or she will meet with you in person.

In addition, before the Commencement ceremony begins on May 13, every graduate will fill out a notecard with his or her name spelled phoentically. You will hand this card to Dean Schroder just before she announces your name.

Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: All graduates must attend this rehearsal at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017. Details to follow.

  • On the day of Commencement, graduates should arrive by 8:00 a.m., in full regalia, at Physical Sciences Plaza-Lower Level (by the Infinity Fountain), (see event map), to line up for the academic procession.
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will last 90 minutes.
  • A light reception will begin immediately after the ceremony in the Physical Sciences Plaza (between Rowland Hall and Reines Hall).
  • Tickets are not required to attend Commencement.
  • The ceremony will take place rain or shine, in a grassy area with covered tent, some distance from the parking lot. Attendees are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. We strongly advise all graduates, especially, wear flat, comfortable shoes in order to navigate the path leading up to the stage.


Your guests will be able to secure seats on a first come, first served basis. Family and friends should be seated by 9:00 a.m. We ask that your family and friends take only the seats they will use so that we are able to provide seating for everyone. UCI Law staff members will be available to answer questions and direct your guests.

Seating accommodations for guests with disabilities

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Crissandra Flores by Friday, April 28, 2017.

Prior to Commencement

  1. Ensure that your name in Student Access appears as you would like it to appear on your diploma by Friday, March 24, 2017.
  2. Diplomas will be shipped to your permanent address listed in Student Access. Please be sure that your address is correct in Student Access by Friday, March 24. Note that the address for diploma mailing requires someone available there to sign for the diploma. Do not use a P.O. Box address.
  3. Graduates who have borrowed federal student loans should contact Director of Student Financial Services Nasreen Zia for an in-person exit interview session.
  4. Check your Zot Account for any outstanding fees (library fees or other outstanding fees) to avoid holds on your account.
  5. Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: All graduates must attend this rehearsal at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017. Please meet at the Physical Sciences Plaza, between Rowland Hall and Reines Hall (see on event map).

Day of Commencement

  1. Graduates should arrive by 8:00 a.m., in full regalia to the Physical Sciences Plaza-Lower Level (by the Infinity Fountain) (see on map).
  2. Return your regalia immediately following the ceremony. A dropoff station will be set up at the Commencement Reception.
  3. Pick up your graduation gift from the Law Alumni Association table at the Commencement Reception.

There will be a reception immediately following the commencement ceremony will be at the Physical Sciences Plaza (between Rowland Hall and Reines Hall). The reception will feature light appetizers and beverages. Your friends and family are invited.


All graduates should attend the reception to do the following:

  • Drop off your cap and gown
  • Pick up your graduate gift

Aldrich Park is a 19-acre botanical garden in the center of the UC Irvine campus with more than 11,000 trees and shrubs. It has been the site of commencement ceremonies, inaugurations, weddings, concerts, picnics and festivals.

Please note the exact location of the ceremony on this park map.

Click here for driving directions to UC Irvine.

Parking Details

  • The recommended parking Lot 16 at Bison Avenue and East Peltason Drive. Visitor Parking Map.
  • Parking will be free in Lot 16 on Saturday, May 13 for those attending the Commencement Ceremony. Please inform the parking attendant you are attending the Law School Commencement Ceremony. Additional parking for guests with disabilities will be available in lot 12 A, adjacent to Lot 16 (see map), closer to the Ceremony site.
  • Golf carts will be available for anyone who needs assistance getting from parking to Aldrich Park.

You will not receive your actual diploma at Commencement. Detailed information about diplomas can be found here.

Grad Images, a professional photography service, will be at Commencement and take three photos of each graduate: 1) prior to going on stage to receive diploma, 2) as graduate receives diploma and shakes hands with Dean Chemerinsky, and 3) exiting stage after receiving diploma. You will receive color proofs via email and to your permanent address within two weeks of the ceremony. You may purchase photos directly through Grad Images.

Grad Images
Customer Service: (800) 261-2576
T-shirts, license plate frames and more
You may purchase UCI Law mementos through the online UCI Bookstore.

Directory of Local Hotels with UCI Rates

Each of the UCI-Negotiated Orange County hotels listed here has unique qualities and services. Use the guide to choose the most suitable one for your needs. Visit the hotel websites to review their services and amenities.

UCI individual affiliates as well as those planning to visit the campus for any reason may take advantage of these offers. When making the reservation be sure to let the hotel know that the traveler is visiting UCI and that you chose the hotel from our listing.

Please note that all rates are based upon availability at the time of booking.  Rates are not available for group bookings of 5 rooms or more per night.  If you would like a quote for a group room block (5 to 10 rooms per night or more), please contact the Hotel directly. 

Costa Mesa

Ayres Hotel and Suites Costa Mesa

325 Bristol, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
800-322-9992 (Sales Fax: 714-549-3741)

UCI Rate: $115 for Deluxe Guestroom, $135 for Junior Suite

  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access in guestroom & public areas
  • Complimentary Freshly baked cookies in lobby each evening
  • Complimentary self parking
  • Shuttle to/from John Wayne Airport and UCI (subject to availability)

 Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa

3131 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-557-3000 (Fax: 714-957-8185)

Lori Herrera, Director of Sales: 714-557-3000 or

UCI Rate: $115

Complimentary: Breakfast for 2, Self-Parking

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

T.J. Ransom, Business Travel Sales Manager

UCI Rate: Please contact the hotel for current rates

  • Wireless internet access included in rate
  • Shuttle service to/from OC Airport
  • Self Parking at $25 per day

Garden Grove

Candlewood Suites North Orange County

12901 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843
714-539-4200 (Fax: 714-539-7823)

Julie Nilsen, Director of Sales

714-539-4200 x479  or

UCI Rate: Studio Suite: $82-87; One Bedroom Suite: $102-107 (additional discounts for 7 or more nights)

  • Quarter mile from UCI Medical Center
  • Complimentary wireless internet 
  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Free parking
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Complimentary fitness center
  • Complimentary 24-hour coffee

Hyatt Regency Orange County

11999 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840
Hotel Reservations: 800 233 1234

Destiny Musil, Travel Industry Sales Manager

UCI Rate: $150 Standard King or Queen Room. Use Corporate Rate (CR) number CR 62174to book the UCI rate online.

  • Rate includes: Complimentary self-parking & Complimentary wireless internet
  • Located 1 mile from UCI Medical Center
  • 1.4 miles from Disneyland Resort
  • Hotel amenities include shuttle service to Disneyland every 1/2 hour ($5/day), two heated outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, complimentary 24-hour fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor fire pit, Starbucks Coffee and multiple onsite dining options.


Atrium Hotel

18700 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, CA 92612
949-833-2770 (Fax: 949-757-0330)

Jenna Hamacek, Sales Manager
949-428-3794 or

UCI Rate: $114. For online bookings, visit and enter promo code "UCI"


  • Shuttle to and from UCI and John Wayne Airport, & all other locations within a 3 mile radius by request only
  • Hot breakfast, up to two travelers
  • Wi-Fi in all guestrooms & public spaces of the hotel
  • Self Parking
  • Local telephone calls

Candlewood Suites

16150 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA 92618
949-788-0500 (Fax: 949-788-0566)

Stephanie Hughes, Director of Sales
949-788-5006 or

UCI Rate: Studio Suite: $118; One Bedroom Suite: $138 (additional discounts for 7 or more nights)


  • Complimentary wireless internet
  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Free parking
  • Free 24 hour laundry facilities

Embassy Suites Irvine - Orange County Airport

2120 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614
949-705-5146 (Fax: 949-705-5147)

UCI rate: Standard Two Room Suite: Sunday-Thursday $169; Friday & Saturday $129. Corporate ID Number: 0560041296. Booking Link for discount.

  • 3 miles from UCI Campus
  • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening Manager's Reception
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from UCI's Student Center, John Wayne Airport and South Coast Plaza (small groups only)

Hotel Irvine (A Lifestyle Hotel)

17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614

Daniel Huerta, Business Travel Sales Manager
(949) 225-6771

UCI Rate: Friday and Saturday: $119, Sunday-Thursday: $159;

Book your stay directly on or by calling reservations at 949-225-6750 or emailing a dedicated reservationist at

  • Complimentary "Everyday Breakfast"
  • Complimentary WiFi access for everyone's device (we don't limit you) in rooms and at restaurant, lounge and pool
  • Complimentary airport shuttle to and from John Wayne Airport - your chariot awaits
  • Complimentary  transportation to and from UCI campus on HI Commuter (based on availability).  All HI Commuter transfers must be arranged 48 hours in advance by emailing Hours of operation for this shuttle are Monday-Friday 6:30am-10:30am and 3:00pm-7:00pm.
  • 24/7 text message Marketplace room delivery
  • 24 hour cancellation policy
  • Fitness programs to blow off a little steam
  • BEST Happy Hour in town at Red Bar and Lounge
  • iPrefer Reward points
  • Located 3 miles from campus (one of the closest hotels to UCI)

Irvine Campus Housing Authority UCI On-Campus

1083 California Ave, Irvine, CA 92617
949-824-6254 (Fax: 949-824-6697)

Gabrielino and Las Lomas offer fully furnished apartments for short term academic visitors to UCI and may be reserved for periods ranging from one week to one year, with priority given to reservations of one quarter minimum.

UCI Rate: Gabrielino Studio: $1820 a month or $550 weekly.  Gabrielino One Bedroom: $2055 a month or $620 weekly. Las Lomas Two Bedroom: $2335 a month or $700 weekly.

  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Onsite Laundry
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Access to pools and parks

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Irvine John Wayne Airport

17601 Fitch, Irvine, CA 92614

949-757-0500 (Fax: 949-757-0535)

Alane Millar, Director of Sales
(949) 757-0500

UCI Rate: $147. Use Corporate/Promotional Code: UC0

  • 3.5 Miles from UCI
  • Rate includes breakfast, wireless and wired internet
  • Self Parking included in rate
  • Complimentary shuttle to/from John Wayne Airport and UCI

Wyndham Irvine Orange County Airport

17941 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92614
949-471-1252 (Fax: 949-752-7423)

UCI Rates: $140, Rate valid through December 31, 2017

Rate includes the following:

  • Complimentary Full American Breadkfast buffet for one per day
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet
  • Complimentary Self Parking
  • Complimentary access to business center
  • Free shuttle service to and from the Airport
  • Distance from UCI - 3 miles
  • Renovated hotel as of January 2014.
  • Sign up for Wyndham Rewards and get 10 points per dollar spent.

Laguna Beach

Inn at Laguna Beach

211 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-497-9722 (Fax: 949-497-9972)

Tricia Eschle, Director of Sales
(949) 376-9773 or

UCI Rate: Rates valid Sunday through Thursday: January 1 - May 26: $185. May 27 – Sept. 4: $269. Sept. 5 - Dec. 31, 2016: $185. Friday & Saturday nights 20% off best available flexible rate. Link to discounted rates for UCI

  • 12 miles from John Wayne Airport
  • Discounted parking of $24.00 per night

Surf and Sand Resort

1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Emily Jensen, Sales Manager

UCI Rate: July 1-Sept 2, 2016:  $290 Sunday - Thursday nights only
Sept 3-Dec 31, 2016:  $255 Sunday-Thursday nights, $295 Friday nights, $355 Saturday nights

  • Rates do not include taxes, resort fees, or parking. 
  • Rate does not apply for groups of 5 rooms or more per night.  Please contact Emily Jensen directly for group rates

Newport Beach

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach - Newport Beach

4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92660
949-476-2001 (Fax: 949-250-7191)

Kimberly Yarnall,

To request a quote for a group room block of 10 rooms per night or more, please contact: Rob Decanter, Group Sales Manager. or (949) 428-5700

UCI Rate: Rates vary and are based on date availability. Request UCI Business Travel Rate starting at $165 Sunday – Thursday or $139 Friday & Saturday. For Business Travel Assistance, please contact or 949-476-2001 ext 3110

  • Four Diamond, full service hotel located only 3 miles from UCI
  • Complimentary transportation to and from John Wayne Airport, Fashion Island, and South Coast Plaza
  • Complimentary High Speed Internet

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Sarah Morris, Business Travel Sales Manager
(949) 729-6069

UCI Rate: Sunday-Friday $165, Saturday $185

  • Self-Parking $27 per night. Valet Parking $36 per night (Parking rates are subject to change)
  • 3 miles from UCI
  • One complimentary full breakfast in SHOR restaurant per day, per room
  • $25 resort fee waived, guests may choose to purchase Resort Fee upon check-in

Radisson Newport Beach

4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92660
800-333-3333 (Fax: 949-833-0187)

Charmaine Arellano, Sales Manager
949-608-1077 or

UCI Rates: $149 for single occupancy. UCI Booking page:


  • Hot breakfast buffet for one
  • Shuttle to/from OC Airport and UCI Campus
  • Self Parking
  • High-speed Internet

Orange/Anaheim (UC Irvine Medical Center area)

ALO Hotel

3737 W. Chapman, Orange, CA 92868

Leah Avila,

UCI Rate:  $118

Rate includes:

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Complimentary Self Parking

Ayres Hotel Orange

200 N. The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868

Leah Avila,

UCI Rate: $135 for UCI staff, university business travelers.  $145 for UCIMC patients and family

Rate includes:

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Complimentary Self Parking

Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/ Orange

100 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868

Xiomara Parra(415) 798-0667 or

UCI Rate: Please contact hotel for current rates. Black out dates apply. Corporate Rate Code: 560034816

  • Located directly across from UCI Medical Center
  • Complimentary high speed internet access included in UCI rate

Embassy Suites Anaheim / Orange

400 N. State College Blvd., Orange, CA 92868
714-938-1111 (Fax: 714-938-2323)

Jane Jazayrli, Sales Manager
714-704-2352 or

UCI Rate: Starting at $149 for a 1 Bedroom Suite with either 1 king bed of 2 double beds (based on availability, black out dates do apply)

  • Located just 1 mile from the UCI Medical Center
  • Complimentary Shuttle to UCI Medical Center
  • Complimentary Self parking
  • Complimentary Business Center and High-speed Wireless Internet in the public areas of the hotel
  • Complimentary cooked to order breakfast
  • Complimentary Evening reception

 TownePlace Suites Anaheim

1730 South State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806

Caterina Yu, Director of Sales
714-221-4485 or

 UCI Rate: Starting at $119 per night, with additional discounts for stays 5 nights and longer.

  • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Free Parking
  • Free Local calls
  • Complimentary wireless high speed internet access

Santa Ana

Candlewood Suites OC Airport Irvine West

2600 S. Redhill Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705
949-250-0404 (Fax: 949-250-0434)

Karen Egan, Director of Sales
Extension 402 or

UCI Rate: $125 Studio, $150 One Bedroom Suite. Additional discounts for stays 7 nights and longer
Click here For Online Reservations with the UCI Rate.

  • 4 miles from UCI campus
  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Complimentary high speed wireless internet
  • Free parking
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Complimentary fitness center on property
  • Complimentary daily coffee

Courtyard Marriott

8 MacArthur Place, Santa Ana, CA 92707
714-668-9993 (Fax: 714-668-9994)

UCI Rate: 10% off Best Available Rate.  Use Corporate/Promotional Code: UC0

  • Complimentary wireless high speed internet in each guest room and all public space
  • Complimentary transportation to John Wayne Airport

Doubletree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport

7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707
714-751-2400 (Fax: 714-751-2400)

Michelle Van Winkle
714-656-1659 or

UCI Rate: $129 Thurs-Mon, $139 Tues-Wed. Reservations: 877-252-3646. Click here for online reservations.

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary shuttle to/from John Wayne Airport and South Coast Plaza based on availability
  • Only 5 miles from UCI Campus
  • Complimentary self parking
  • Complimentary wi-fi in public areas
  • Complimentary local phone calls
  • Complimentary fitness center

Doubletree Hilton Hotel Santa Ana/Orange County Airport

201 East MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92707
714-825-3333 (Fax: 714-442-1937)

Linda Cruz, Business Travel Sales Manager
714-442-1926 or

UCI Rate: $155 Mon-Thurs, $115 Fri-Sun. Book online here

  • 5 Miles from UCI Campus
  • Warm Doubletree cookie upon arrival
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet

Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Ana/Orange County Airport

2720 Hotel Terrace Dr., Santa Ana, CA 92705
714-556-3838 ext. 151 (Fax: 714-241-1008)

Nichelle Hagan, Sales Manager

UCI Rate: $139 for 1 King bed 1 Bedroom Suite/ 1 King Bed Studio Suite or 2 Queen beds 1 bedroom suites. Reservations: 1-800-HAMPTON or


  • Hampton Breakfast Buffet or "Grab & Go" continental
  • Overnight Self Parking
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Local Calls
  • Use of in house fitness center
  • Shuttle to/from John Wayne Airport & within 5 miles