Commencement Checklist

Congratulations, Class of 2023! 

Commencement | Virtual & Slug Crossing | Thursday, June 15 to Sunday, June 18

The commencement checklist provides a rough outline of the actions a student must
take, in advance, to participate. More information will become available in January 2023. 


1. CONFIRM YOUR GRADUATION STATUS 

For undergraduates, apply to graduate with The Office of the Registrar. For graduate students, connect with The Division of Graduate Studies regarding your graduation requirements. Information regarding eligibility for commencement is located in the FAQ.

2. ATTEND COMMENCEMENT PREPARATION EVENTS

Virtual Graduate Information Session

Learn everything you need to know from applying to graduate, to purchasing your cap & gown. This session will be recorded and uploaded on this webpage after the event takes place.  

3/1/2023/Time/Zoom Link TBA

Virtual Grad Fair Question Session 

Meet with the commencement vendors who will be at Grad Fair so you can come to the event prepared! 

4/5/2023/Time/Zoom Link TBA

Grad Fair 

A two-day in-person event where vendors and campus partners can help you purchase your cap & gown, diploma frames, graduation announcements, leis, and college rings, join the Alumni Network, and more! You will also be able to take your graduation photo. 

4/11/2023 - 4/12/2023/Time TBA 

3. PURCHASE YOUR CAP & GOWN (REGALIA) 

A link to purchase regalia will become available by January 2023.

Regalia is not required to participate in commencement. 

4. COMMENCEMENT REGISTRATION

Marching Order is the commencement registration system. Registration for commencement will open on Monday, April 3, and close Wednesday, May 10 at 11:55 pm PT. The link to the registration portal will be emailed and become available here when registration opens. 

Commencement 2023 is a hybrid experience! When registering, graduates can create a virtual slide for the online ceremony and celebrations, while also registering for the in-person stage crossing experience - Slug Crossing! Find details below. 

VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT & GRADUATE SLIDE

UCSC graduate slide with a picture of a student

Class of 2023 graduates will be able to create a personalized slide, including their preferred name, major, photograph, and a special message they would like to share! 

SLUG CROSSING 

Slug Crossing consists of 13 ceremonies and celebrations (10 Colleges, Graduate Division, Chicanx/Latinx Celebration, and Baskin School of Engineering Celebration) on the Upper East Field. Graduates will be able to select a 15-minute timeslot for the event they would like to participate in and that is when they should arrive at the venue entrance with their guests. 

WHAT TO BRING

  1. GradPass (Graduate ticket - on your smartphone or printed)
  2. Commencement Parking Permit
  3. Regalia (optional) 

GUEST POLICY: Each graduate will be admitted to the event with up to 6 guests. Guest tickets will be distributed through the Marching Order registration system. Please do not share tickets with other graduates as we will only allow 6 guests into the venue per graduate. Children under the age of 5 do not require a ticket. 

PARKING: Commencement-specific parking permits will be issued to graduates and their guests. These permits are valid for the East Remote (104) parking lot only. Shuttles and DVS vans will be available from the East Remote lot to the venue entrance for all guests. Additional parking information will be announced. 

WHAT TO EXPECT: Graduates and guests will park in the East Remote Lot and should plan to arrive together at the Upper East Field at their scheduled Slug Crossing time. Upon check-in, graduates will show their GradPass and all guests will have their tickets scanned. Inside the venue, graduates will cross the stage and have three staged pictures taken by professional photographers. Guests will have front-row access and be able to cheer on their graduates as they cross the stage. Before exiting, graduates and guests can take one picture together with the professional photographer. Outside of the venue, there will be additional photo opportunities and complimentary refreshments. 

We highly suggest graduates and guests check weather predictions and dress accordingly. Most importantly, comfortable shoes, rather than heels, are recommended due to the soft lawns upon which the event is held and the terrain of campus.

Portable restrooms will be located in the East Remote Lot and the Upper East Field. 

PROHIBITED ITEMS: Pets (ADA service animals are allowed), Drones, Confetti, Noise-Makers, Balloons, Alcohol, Smoking, or Other Drugs. 

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: UCSC is strongly committed to making all of its programs and services accessible to students, campus employees, and members of the public. If students or guests need accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to include this information in their Marching Order registration portal. 

SUSTAINABILITY: UC Santa Cruz is deeply committed to sustainability and is striving to both reduce the amount of waste we generate, but also compost and recycle materials instead of sending them to landfills. For Commencement 2023, we're guiding to help support campus sustainability and zero waste goals. 


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 which is over 140,000 strong. As an alumnus, you have access to events, benefits, services, and connections for life. 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.