Information for Graduates

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

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

The 2020 Gift Box

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. Click here to get to the Commencement website to request your giftbox. 

ORDER YOUR REGALIA AND COMMENCEMENT SWAG 

You can order your cap, gown, and tassel through Herff Jones, along with announcements, diploma frames, and more.

APPLY TO GRADUATE

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 apply to graduate for the bachelor’s degree, you must file to apply by the deadline stated in the Academic and Administrative Calendar. Diplomas are awarded 4-6 weeks after the quarter in which you apply to graduate. For more information regarding graduation, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Not all students who commence are eligible to graduate in Spring 2021. If you have questions about this, please contact oakesadvising@ucsc.edu for clarification.