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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 Zoom webinar room will open for participants at 5:30 p.m.

Friends and family will be able to watch a stream of the ceremony on YouTube at The link is also embedded on the School of Medicine homepage ( It also appears at the top of this page for easy access and reference.

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 Activity Schedule

Please refer to the chart below for each of the events.

Activity Time/Date Location Guests Permitted? Description
Class Photo Thursday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m. Orbach Lawn on the UCR campus No.  Graduates only – must be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test result Outdoor photo of the entire class.
Commencement Stage Crossing -  Photo Opportunity Thursday, June 3 beginning at 4:30 p.m.: students will receive individual time slots for arrival University Theater on the UCR campus Yes. Graduate and up to 2 guests – all must be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test result Students will cross the stage, may take a photo with their guests, individually take a photo with the Dean, and exit the stage. 
Commencement and Hippocratic Oath Ceremony Friday, June 4 at 6 p.m. Virtual Zoom Ceremony Yes.  Graduates and all family/friends may attend the virtual ceremony Commencement addresses by School leadership and guest speaker.  Hooding and recitation of the Hippocratic Oath.

Event Health and Safety Requirements

Students may have two guests accompany them to the in-person commencement stage crossing photo-op.

  • Students will receive a survey asking them to indicate their intent to participate in the in-person photo opportunity and to register their two guests. Once registered, students may not make alternations to their guest list.
  • Students will be assigned a specific time for their photo opportunity, between 4:30-6:30 p.m., based on the alphabetical order of their last name and should arrive at University Theatre with their guests at their designated time.
  • Once at University Theatre, participants will line up with the members of their household and remain socially distanced from others.
  • All individuals must be wearing masks except for when the official photos are being taken.
  • Consistent with main campus requirements, participants must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in, with a completed COVID Vaccination Record Card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unvaccinated individuals must arrive with a negative result from a SARS CoV-2 PCR test, performed no more than 48 hours prior to arriving on campus.
  • On June 3, prior to coming to campus, students and their guests must complete the symptom tracker survey and should note Kate Dorff as their supervisor on the form. (Guests will be emailed the link.)
  • Anyone who tests positive, is feeling ill, has symptoms of COVID-19, or has potentially been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, may not attend the event and should follow public health recommendations.
  • Consistent with main campus and California Department of Public Health guidance, students or guests traveling or visiting from outside California who are not vaccinated should self-quarantine per public health guidelines

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 the Commencement Ceremony

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 Efrain 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.

Recording of the Ceremony

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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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