Undergraduate Commencement Checklist

Congratulations, Class of 2020! 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 attend and participate in the commencement ceremony.


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


Registration for all college commencement is open to graduating UC Santa Cruz students from Friday, March 13 – Monday, May 4. Students who register after Monday, May 4 are not guaranteed tickets or parking permits. The deadline to register to participate as a non-affiliate is Friday, April 24 (in a ceremony other than the college you are affiliated with). Registration links for celebrations can be found on the department’s website.



Each graduate will receive 6 tickets to distribute to their family and friends for attendance, as well as 2 parking passes. Unless a guest has a ticket, they will not be able to join us on campus for commencement. We will offer live-streaming for each commencement ceremony so individuals who are unable to join us in person can still cheer their grad on from afar.

Students must register by Monday, May 4 to be guaranteed tickets and parking permits. For more information on how to register, visit the commencement registration. The deadline to register to participate as a non-affiliate (in a ceremony other than the college you are affiliated with) is Friday, April 24.

Additional information about tickets:

  • Deadline to claim tickets is Monday, June 8 at 5:00 p.m. After this date, students will no longer be able to access the system to claim their tickets.
  • Tickets cannot be sold or replicated and are valid only for the ceremony listed on the ticket. Violations of this policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Office.
  • Children 5 and under will not need a ticket for admission.
  • Each ticket has a unique QR code which will be scanned at the entrance of the venue. If more than one copy of a ticket is printed, only the first ticket scanned will be allowed entry.
  • Once you leave the venue, re-entry is not permitted. 


You can order your cap, gown, and tassel through the Bay Tree Bookstore, along with announcements, diploma frames, and more. Every year, from ceremonies across the nation, more than 5 million gowns wind up in landfills every year causing great harm to the environment. The Bay Tree Bookstore shows its commitment to sustainability by opting for a regalia purchase made from recycled water bottles.

Graduation Fair has been canceled! For more updates and information, please visit the Bay Tree Bookstore