Commencement Checklist

Congratulations, Class of 2020 and 2021! Please take a moment to review the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need to graduate. The commencement checklist provides a rough outline of the actions a student must take, in advance, in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. Please note students who participate in 2021 virtual and/or Slug Crossing cannot participate in commencement 2022.


Registration for commencement closed on May 19 at 11:59pm. Graduates are able to log back into the system at any point up until 11:59 PM on June 2 to update their photo and/or message. Please note, the Class of 2020 (degrees awarded in Summer 19, Fall 19, Winter 20, and Spring 20) can only participate in Slug Crossing.


UCSC graduate slide with a picture of a student

Class of 2021 graduates will be able to create a personalized slide, including preferred name, photograph, and a message they would like to share. Their names will also be pre-recorded by a professional name reader, and pre-recorded speeches will be available to view.


UCSC is planning a stage-crossing opportunity for graduates of both the 2020 and 2021 classes over a period of several days on the UC Santa Cruz campus — the Slug Crossing! Students do not need to participate in the virtual event to participate in the Slug Crossing. The deadline to register for Slug Crossing is Wednesday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. After you register, you have the ability to change your crossing time and other registration information up until 11:59 PM on May 25, 2021 by logging back into the system.

Please note that our commencement photographer, BestGrad, will have email information for all students who participate in the Slug Crossing and will reach out about commencement photos. 

If you have any questions or experience technical difficulties, please email us.




All students who request a Class of 2021 Gift Box by April 15 will have a graduate gift box mailed to their preferred address. Packages can be expected to arrive between May 17 and June 4. Contents include a diploma cover, stole of gratitude, sluggage tag, and a slug sticker. Request a Class of 2021 Gift Box.


Herff Jones is no longer accepting regalia orders. Orders are currently shipping within 3-4 weeks from the time the order was placed and are shipping to arrive before your commencement date. Click here to check your order status.

We are aware that some students who have made purchases from the Herff Jones website have reported issues of possible fraudulent activity on their personal credit card accounts. More information from Herff Jones»


Commencement is different from graduation. Commencement is the celebration that graduation has, or will soon occur. Graduation is the official acknowledgment that a student’s course of study is complete and, with that, a degree conferred. To apply to graduate for the bachelor’s degree, you must file to apply by the deadline stated in the Academic and Administrative Calendar. For more information regarding graduation, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Graduate students, please visit the Division of Graduate Students for more information regarding graduation.  

Eligibility Requirements - To participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must plan to complete your coursework by the end of Fall 2021.

  • Quarter of Degree Candidacy: Students who are eligible to participate in the 2021 Commencement ceremony will graduate in the following quarters:
    • Summer 2020
    • Fall 2020
    • Winter 2021
    • Spring 2021
    • Summer 2021
    • Fall 2021

Remember: You should only apply to graduate if you are completing all graduation requirements (general and major) in the quarter for which you are applying, otherwise you will be sent a denial from the Registrar, and you will be de-activated from the enrollment system for the upcoming quarter.


Your connection to UC Santa Cruz does not end after graduation. You are now part of the Alumni Network that is over 140,000 strong. As alumni, you have access to benefits, services and connections for life. In addition to keeping your email address, you are eligible for library privileges, discounts, career services, and more! Keep an eye out for alumni regional events in your area and the annual Alumni Weekend. Stay connected by updating your personal information if you move or use another primary email address. Join our alumni LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram channels or find a way to give back and volunteer. No matter where you are, you’re always a Banana Slug.