April 26, 2017


SUBJECT:    Tickets for June 16 Dalai Lama Public Address

UC San Diego will host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at a public event June 16 where he will speak about “Embracing the Beauty of Diversity in our World” to an estimated 25,000 attendees. A limited number of tickets will be available to faculty, staff and students first, at no charge, beginning today.

Faculty, staff and students can access a limited number of free tickets for the June 16 public address on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting beginning at 10:00 a.m. today. Only those with a Single Sign-On account will be able to access the site. A maximum of four tickets per campus community member will be allowed. A list of frequently asked questions regarding security, parking and more is listed on the website. In recognition of this special event, I am approving two hours of administrative leave with pay so that employees may attend. Supervisors, upon request, may approve the use of such leave when the absence does not infringe upon the performance of required job duties or patient care.

The June 16 public event will begin with entertainment and festivities on RIMAC Field at 9 a.m. The one-hour public address by His Holiness begins at 10 a.m., followed by a half hour Q&A session. Attendees are asked to arrive early as we expect a large audience. Parking and entrances to the campus will be impacted, and all guests entering RIMAC Field are subject to a metal-detector screening.

The Dalai Lama will also address UC San Diego graduates and their families at a June 17 invitation-only All Campus Commencement. For graduating students and faculty attending the invitation-only UC San Diego All Campus Commencement on June 17, please visit for more information.

His Holiness was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, becoming the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. His Holiness has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning six continents, receiving over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes and other recognition of his message of peace, nonviolence, interreligious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion.

UC San Diego is the first stop on the Dalai Lama’s 2017 U.S. tour. The events are presented in partnership with The Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation, which was founded by Ven. Lama Tenzin Dhonden, the Personal Emissary for Peace to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Pradeep K. Khosla