Information for Graduates

Oakes Graduates at Commencement Ceremony. Credit: Stephen J. Marino

Get Involved with Oakes Commencement 2024:

  • Registration for commencement will open on Monday, April 1, and close Monday, May 13 at 11:55 PM PT. The link to the registration portal will be emailed and become available here when registration opens.  Visit our commencement website for more details about registration.

IMPORTANT: Please understand this is a SEPARATE process from "Applying to Graduate." 

This process ONLY registers you for the commencement ceremony and/or the Post-Commencement Virtual Celebration. You must apply separately to graduate via MyUCSC to receive your diploma and degree from the university.

Commencement Involvement: Please read below if you would like to be more involved in commencement. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please sign-up using this FORM by April 7th, 2023 (This deadline is different from the commencement registration deadline because of the importance of selecting/rehearsing for the roles below).

  • Speak at Commencement

  • Multilingual Greeting

  • Community Service Award

  • College Service Award

  • Senior Committee

  • J Herman Blake Award Self-Nomination 

We are actively looking into ways to make the Oakes Commencement special, memorable and worthwhile for all of you graduating. Oakes College will post updates on programs and activities for seniors here! We will keep you updated with those ongoing plans as we continue to plan for June! 


Commencement Information Session (Virtual)

  • 3/6/2024 || 3:30-4:30 PM || Zoom Link
  • 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.  

Grad Fair 

  • 4/10/2024 @ 10am to 5pm AND 4/11/2024 @ 8am to 3pm || Stevenson Event Center
  • 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.


Regalia & Commencement Swag 

  • Purchase your cap and gown today! The deadline to order regalia is TBD.


Once you order you can click HERE to check your order status

NOTE: Regalia is not required to participate in commencement.


Commencement Newsletter

Join the mailing list for commencement updates HERE


Commencement & Graduation


Commencement is different from graduation.

Commencement is the celebration that graduation has, or will soon occur. Graduation is the official acknowledgement that a student’s course of study is complete and, with that, a degree conferred. 

To check your graduation status or to apply for graduation please visit the Office of the Registrar website

Not all students who commence are eligible to graduate in Spring 2024. If you have questions about this, please contact for clarification.