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UCR SOM Commencement & Hippocratic Oath 2021

The UC Riverside School of Medicine Commencement and Hippocratic Oath Ceremony will be held online on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. The room will open at 5:30 p.m.

Every student who has indicated their intent to participate will receive an email with a custom URL that will allow them to participate in the ceremony.

Commencement Zoom Backgrounds

We have created six different themed backgrounds that you may choose to use as virtual backgrounds during our ceremony. To use the backgrounds you will need to download one or more to your computer and then add them as a virtual background in Zoom.

Ed building zoom backup

belltower backdrop
blue gradient background

blue curtain backdrop
Commencement stage

SOM reception

About Regalia

How will I receive my regalia and other items?

Oak Hall is sending regalia to the School of Medicine where you will have the opportunity to pick them up. If you have questions about your regalia, please email

How do I return my regalia?

You will not need to return the regalia. It is yours to keep.

About Commencement

How will I participate?

Students, participating administrators and guest speakers have been sent unique URL that will allow them access to the ceremony. DO NOT SHARE THIS URL WITH ANYONE ELSE.

You will use this URL to access both the rehearsal and ceremony.


How will I be hooded? Who will hood me?

Traditionally, the hooding is done by a member of the faculty. In this case, you will be able to select the friend or family member who you want to hood you in person at your location. We ask that you and the person you choose please review the hooding video and practice prior to the ceremony.

During the ceremony, we will announce your name, then spotlight your camera on the Zoom call so that the audience will be able to see you being hooded.

The names will be read by Dr. Christina Granillo.

How will the Hippocratic Oath be administered?

You will be led in the Hippocratic Oath by Senior Associate Dean Brigham Willis. Unfortunately, the limitations of technology make it impossible for everyone's voice to be heard on the Zoom call.

Who are the speakers?

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Efren Talamantes, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc., chief operating officer of AltaMed Health Services.

Our student speaker, as selected by the class, is Niresh Perera.

How long will the ceremony take?

The ceremony will take approximately 90 minutes.

How will my guests be able to watch?

Your guests will be able to watch the stream the ceremony in real time on YouTube. The YouTube stream will appear on our main website on the day of the ceremony.

What equipment do I need to participate in the ceremony?

We recommend that you use a dedicated laptop or desktop computer with a web camera and microphone to participate on Zoom. You may also be able to use an iPad or similar device, but we cannot guarantee that all the functions will be available. We do not recommend using a cell phone to participate in the Zoom meeting.

I don't have computer/webcam/microphone. What should I do?

We understand that some may not have or have access to this equipment. If you cannot borrow this equipment from a friend or family member, please contact and we will work to find a solution.

What about photos and videos?

We have scheduled an on-campus class group photo and individual photos in regalia on campus on Thursday, June 3 beginning at 4 p.m.

Please meet outside University Theatre at 4 p.m., where you will be organized for a the group class photo.

When the group photo is complete, shortly after 4:30, we will separate the class into small, socially distanced, alphabetical groups. Each group will be taken into University Theatre at timed intervals.

Once inside University Theatre please wait to hear your name called. You may then cross the Commencement stage, pausing in the center to take a professional, socially distanced photo with Vice Chancellor Deas. As you exit the stage you may collect your Hippocratic Oath Scroll, Alumni Association pin, and Commencement Program for the virtual ceremony the following evening.

We politely ask that you do not linger on campus once you exist the Theatre.

Public Health Safety Measures and Guidance

Students must complete the symptom tracker survey before coming to campus. Please list Kate Dorff,, as your supervisor so that she may confirm the survey has been completed.

  • Students participating in this in-person opportunity must be fully vaccinated (at least two weeks past their last vaccination) or have a negative PCR based Covid-19 test performed no more than 48 hours prior to the event.
  • Family members, friends and relatives of students will not be permitted on campus during this photo opportunity.
  • In accordance with UC guidelines all students will be expected to wear masks while on campus except for when taking their photo.
  • Attendees must adhere to all public health guidelines regarding social distancing while on campus.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided upon request.

Please note: Students who may be feeling ill, suspect that they have been exposed to Covid-19, or report any symptoms, are expected to refrain from coming to campus.

Photos During the Ceremony

During the ceremony, we hope you and your family members will take photos and videos of your participation on the ceremony and to share them with us.

We recommend identifying one or more friends or family members who can take photos and record video throughout the ceremony.

  • Video and photos of your hooding.
  • Video of you reciting the Hippocratic Oath.
  • Candid photos of you and your friends and family celebrating.

Please note that not all of these photos need to be taken on the day itself. You are welcome to take photos in the days before the ceremony as well as afterwards. More information will be forthcoming.

The YouTube broadcast of the ceremony will be available for future viewing. We will also share the Zoom recording of the ceremony with participants.

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