FAQs for Students: Graduation

Q: How do I apply for graduation? [show]

A: You can apply from your student portal the first time you apply to graduate

  • Log in to MyUCSC. Select the Student Center tile.
  • In the Academics section go to the more links drop-down menu. Choose Apply for Graduation.
  • Verify your major(s)/minor(s) are correct.
  • Select your graduation term from the drop-down menu. You can find application deadlines in the Academic and Administrative Calendar. Select Continue.
  • Verify your information is correct and select Submit Application.

If you are reapplying to graduate or the link is not available to you download the Apply or Reapply to Graduate form and submit it to our office.

If you are applying after the last day of the quarter you must submit the Late Apply/Reapply to Graduate form.

Q: Where can I find the graduation application deadline? [show]

A: Application deadlines are in the Academic and Administrative Calendar under the heading "Announcing Candidacy for Degree/Apply to Graduate."

Q: I applied for graduation but need to apply for a different term. How do I change my application for graduation? [show]

A: If you need to reschedule your graduation application, download the form at Apply/Reapply to Graduate.

Q: How do I sign up to participate in a commencement ceremony? [show]

A: Read the Registering for College Commencement page for information related to your college commencement ceremony. Register to participate by the deadline to avoid a fee. Contact your college program office with questions. Commencement is separate from applying to graduate so make sure you also follow the instructions above.

Q: How long will it take for my degree to post and get my diploma? [show]

A:Our office begins reviewing applications beginning the last day of the quarter. It takes at least 8 weeks to review all applicants. Degrees are awarded and denied during this process. Diplomas are mailed to the permanent address in your student portal about three to four months after the last day of the quarter in which you graduated.

Q: How can I tell if I have graduated? [show]

A: Log into MyUCSC.
  • Log into MyUCSC and select on Student Center. ("Full Site Login" for mobile devices) and select Student Center.

  • Select Student Advising Summary at the top of the Student Center.

  • Select the Degree tab. Your degree status will be displayed.

  • If your degree has been conferred your “My Academics” tile will no longer show academic records and access. When reviewing, make sure you are looking at “Student Center.”

Q: I need to show proof of my degree. [show]

A: If your degree has been awarded:

 If you have applied to graduate and your degree has not yet been awarded:

  • If you have completed all degree requirements and all grades are posted you can order a Certificate of Completion of Degree Requirements.

Q: What information will be on my diploma? [show]

A: Undergraduate diplomas include:
  • Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Music), major(s), and date of degree. If you have two degrees—for example, both a B.A. and a B.S.—both degrees will be listed on one diploma.
  • University honors and any honors awarded in the major are listed.

Undergraduate diplomas do not show major concentrations except for the B.A. in Literature.

Minors do not appear on the diploma, but are on your official/unofficial transcripts.

Graduate diplomas include:

  • Degree type (Certificate, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, etc.) and your program of study, which may include a designated emphasis.

Graduate program diplomas do not indicate any honors.

Q: How do I make certain my diploma shows my name correctly. [show]

A: Diplomas display your full name, including middle name, in all capital letters. If you wish to have your name’s accents included, or to substitute an initial for a middle name, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

For students who need to do a name change, please follow the steps for name change here.

Q: My diploma is missing/destroyed. How can I get a replacement? [show]

A: There is only one original diploma. To request a replacement diploma, submit a Diploma Re-Order Request Form. Replacement diplomas have a small notation that states it is not the original diploma and signatures may vary. If ordered within a year of graduating there is no replacement fee.


Revised: 08/12/20