Commencement Eligibility

Commencement Eligibility

Summer Graduate Options

If you are a summer quarter graduate, you may choose either to: 

  • Attend the spring quarter ceremony the quarter before you graduate. You must submit your degree application and be pending to graduate by May.

  • Attend the fall quarter ceremony the quarter after you graduate.  

Step #1 - Turn in Degree Application

The first step to graduation is submitting a degree application to the Registrar's Office. Once your degree application has been processed and you are “pending to graduate”, you will be eligible to make a commencement reservation. 

Step #2 - Check that you meet the following requirements

- You have completed a degree application and are pending to graduate.

- You plan to attend the ceremony the same quarter in which you are pending to graduate. There are few exceptions to this requirement. Summer graduates have the option to attend the ceremony in spring quarter before their graduation or fall quarter after their graduation. All others must attend the ceremony that corresponds with the quarter in which they will be awarded their degree.  

- You must be earning a major toward a degree to attend commencement.

Step #3 - Make a Commencement reservation

Making a commencement reservation is required if you plan to attend the event. There is no charge to make a reservation.  In the first few weeks of each quarter, eligible students will receive instructions for making a reservation via student emails. The website will be updated with the same information when the email is sent.

When making a reservation, you will be asked to provide a photo and a recording of your name for pronunciation guidance. A photo is not required; however, you will be able to edit your reservation information until a certain date (please see the individual commencement pages for details about deadlines) – you can make a reservation after reservations open and upload a photo up until the deadline. 

IMPORTANT: Students attending the event must wear graduation regalia appropriate to their degree. 

Other Commencement Information

Double degrees and double majors

Students earning double degrees can choose which college they walk with for commencement.

Students earning double majors in different colleges can choose which college they walk with for commencement. 

No diplomas are handed out at commencement

Diplomas are mailed 6 - 8 weeks after the commencement event. Students can check and update their diploma address by viewing it in Web4U - Personal Information - Addresses and Phones.


Contact the Commencement Team