Apply to Graduate

(Information for graduate students may be found here.)

Undergraduate Students

In order to be awarded a degree, you must apply to graduate on your Student Portal via MyUCSC. Submitting the application for graduation is the only way to announce candidacy and officially graduate/receive a degree from UCSC. Participating in your college commencement ceremony does not indicate you have received a degree, it is a celebration to honor your graduation.

Follow the steps and instructions on the How to Apply for Graduation on MyUCSC.

If you are unable to apply through MyUCSC or need to reschedule your current graduation application, please use the Apply/Reapply for Graduation (Undergraduates) form. All forms must be turned into the office via mail, email, fax, or in person by the deadline to be accepted.

Apply to graduate for the quarter in which you will complete all degree requirements—including in-progress work. Determine that you have completed, or will complete, the requirements for graduation with both your college and departmental advising offices. You may submit an application to graduate up to one quarter in advance of the quarter in which you will earn your degree.

Quarterly deadlines for announcing candidacy can be found on the academic calendar. Students applying for graduation after the posted deadline will be billed a $75 late application fee. Late applications submitted after the quarter has ended will be assessed a $100 post-graduation application fee.

Note: Students who apply to graduate who are not currently enrolled, and were not enrolled in the preceding quarter, will be billed a $75 records reactivation fee. You will not be subject to tuition and campus fees. Do not submit payment with your application. You will be sent a bill after it has been determined that you owe a fee.

After Applying to Graduate/Announcing Candidacy

Once you are in applied status, the deadline to complete all requirements and receive transcripts from other institutions is the end of the quarter. After the quarter ends, your records will be evaluated for degree conferral. Please allow six weeks after the end of the quarter for degree postings to display on your portal. Check your email for updates and notifications.

Should you need proof of your degree prior to degree posting and diploma being available, please refer to the certificate of completion process and form.

Commencement Ceremony

In addition to filing for graduation, students may also want to register to participate in the commencement ceremony. Visit the commencement website for information related to your college commencement ceremony. Contact the Commencement Team if you have additional questions.

For more information about graduation, please visit here or view our FAQs.

Revised: 01/06/22