Commencement Checklist

Congratulations, Class of 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.

REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY & CELEBRATION  

Registration for commencement is open to graduating UC Santa Cruz students from Monday, April 26 - Wednesday, May 19. More details about registration will be posted soon.

PERSONALIZE YOUR VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT SLIDE

UCSC graduate slide with a picture of a student

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.

REQUEST YOUR GIFT BOX

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All students who request for a Class 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 2021 Gift Box.

ORDER YOUR REGALIA AND COMMENCEMENT SWAG 

You can order your cap, gown, and tassel through Herff Jones, along with announcements, diploma frames, and more. Place your order before Monday, May 17 to ensure delivery by commencement.

APPLY TO GRADUATE

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.  

UNIVERSITY PROGRAM 

Students who earn their degrees in Summer Session, Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters, or the following Summer Session are eligible to have their name and major included in the online University program. Students who applied to graduate after Friday, May 21 will be included in the program addendum. The University program addendum will be published on Friday, July 2. 

The program is not an official list of graduates.

ONCE A SLUG, ALWAYS A SLUG 

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 @ucsc.edu 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.