Grad Checklist
ELIGIBILITY
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Undergraduates

Students who will earn a degree during the 2019-20 academic year – Summer ’19, Fall ’19, Winter ’20, Spring ’20 (or who expect to complete their degree requirements during Summer ’20) – are eligible and welcome to participate in Commencement ceremonies.

Confirm your graduation eligibility with your academic counselor. 

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Graduate students

All Master’s candidates (except for MFA candidates from Claire Trevor School of the Arts and the School of Humanities) participate in joint school ceremonies with baccalaureate candidates. 

Ph.D. and MFA candidates participate in the Graduate Hooding Ceremony.

Confirm your eligibility with Graduate Division »

THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE CEREMONY
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Application for graduation
In order to be awarded a degree, you must file an Application for Graduation with the appropriate academic advising office, preferably during the first quarter of your senior year, but no later than the deadline set by your advising office. See your school's undergraduate advising website for details.
Registration

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to participate in the University-wide virtual ceremony and virtual school receptions. Registration is required so that graduates can provide updated information that is necessary for planning purposes. It is very important that graduates register before registration closes. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Each school has a specific date and time assigned for them to BEGIN registration. Graduates can register any time between registration opening and the closing deadline.

Academic regalia, caps & gowns and tassels

A cap and tassel will be mailed to all graduates who register on time to participate in the virtual ceremony. Gowns can be purchased for photo opportunities, as a keepsake, or to have ahead of time for the in-person ceremony in December or June 2021.


Purchase your gown and other items through the UCI Alumni Association. The information will be updated when available.

Formal Business Masters Regalia will be available later for rent for the in-person ceremony.

Sashes and stoles: UCI graduation sashes and stoles representing UCI organizations or proclaiming a vocational aspiration may be worn with cap and gown. Wearing multiple stoles is permitted. These items can be purchased through the Hill. https://uci.bncollege.com/shop/uci/home

Announcements, invitations & notes

Graduation announcements, thank you notes and a variety of stationery items can be ordered from CB Graduation Announcements, 800.433.0296.

More UCI and graduation-related items are available for purchase at The Hill.
Digital Commencement Program

The Commencement Program lists the names of all qualified students who applied on time for graduation. 

The digital program can be viewed on the Commencement website starting mid-June.

 
Diploma name
If your diploma name needs to be changed, please contact the University Registrar. You may submit a Request for Name Change to ask that your name be changed on university records by May 2020. The form is also available at the University Registrar’s office. All diplomas will reflect the exact name on your student records.
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
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Chancellor’s Award of Distinction

The Chancellor’s Award of Distinction recognizes an exceptional group of graduating students who exhibit a commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership, or service to UCI. The award recognizes UCI’s most outstanding undergraduates.

Details and application »

Latin Honors
For questions regarding Latin Honors, please contact your school’s undergraduate counseling office.
COMMENCEMENT DAY
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What to expect
Graduates and guests can access the ceremony via a link that will be  posted on the commencement website at a later date. Specific information will be emailed to all registered graduates in early June.
AFTER THE CEREMONY
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Diplomas

Diplomas will be available 3 to 4 months after degree requirements are completed.

Make sure your permanent address remains up to date after you graduate. Log in to StudentAccess to update.

Grads will be notified via email when diplomas can be picked up at the University Registrar’s office. Arrangements may also be made with the Registrar for diplomas to be received by mail.

Diploma frames and other display options can be purchased online at The Hill. 

For all questions regarding transcripts and other records information, please contact the University Registrar.
Digital Commencement Program

The Commencement Program lists the names of all qualified students who applied on time for graduation. 

The digital program can be viewed on the Commencement website starting mid-June.

 
StageClips
Your StageClip will include your photo, message, and video shoutout submitted to Stageclip as part of your registration. Your StageClip is designed for download to your mobile device and can be easily shared on your social networks. You will be emailed after your ceremony has taken place to notify you when your clip is available on the StageClip website. This video clip is a gift from the university. It is provided to you at no cost. Don't forget to tag your StageClip using the official graduation hashtags! #UCIPRIDE and #UCIGrad
STAYING IN TOUCH
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UCI email accounts

UCI Office of Information Technology (OIT) terminates access to student email accounts within three months following Commencement ceremonies. All files, email and address books left on the server will be deleted. Incoming email will not be forwarded.

OIT – Alumni Email options »

Join the UCI Alumni Association

The UCI Alumni Association looks forward to your participation in UCI’s alumni family and continuing your connection with UCI. Members can enjoy free permanent alumni email address forwarding, career services and discount programs. Your support also benefits student scholarships and fellowships.

Join UCIAA now »