UGIS Commencement



NOTE: Given the postponement of the UGIS commencement ceremony, students may still fill out the exit survey and commencement reservation forms which will ensure student names are on the list to be notified about whatever type of celebration we decide to organize to replace the commencement ceremony. Please be sure to provide an email address other than your address.


Exit Survey and Commencement Registration Forms

Exit Survey and Commencement Registration Forms


Exit Survey and Commencement Registration Forms

Exit Survey and Commencement Registration Forms

Day-of Information for Graduates

  • PLEASE READ: New security regulations require students to pass through metal detectors before entering the Greek Theatre. It is strongly recommended that students arrive at 8:00 A.M., an hour prior to the event, to ensure participation in the ceremony.
  • Graduate caps, gowns, and other regalia are available at the Cal Student Store or Fall Rush in early March.
  • Graduating seniors do NOT need a ticket for the ceremony.
  • All guests two years of age and older must have a ticket. See Day-of Information for Guests for a link to purchase tickets.
  • Unless the commencement sells out, tickets will be available for purchase at the Greek Theatre box office on the day of the ceremony.
  • Doors open at 8:00 A.M. Graduates should arrive backstage no later than 8:30 A.M.
  • All participating graduates MUST FILL OUT A NAME CARD upon arrival at the theatre so that their names can be read aloud, and correctly, at the podium.
  • All graduates must be lined up behind the sign for their major by 8:45 A.M.
  • Departmental Citation winners should report to staff backstage by 8:30 A.M. (look for the STAFF badges) so they can be placed at the head of the line for their major.
  • Graduates will be seated with their major groups.
  • Please be alert for additional announcements over the loudspeakers backstage prior to the ceremony.
  • Champagne reception begins after the ceremony, at approximately 11:00 A.M. at the Campanile Esplanade, a short walk from the Greek Theatre.
  • For additional information important to you and your guests, please read “Day-of Information for Guests” and “Graduating Seniors: Register for the Ceremony”.

A Note About Diplomas

Diplomas will not be distributed during the UGIS Commencement Ceremony. Graduates will receive commemorative scrolls as they march across the stage.

Receiving your Degree

Degrees are approved approximately 2.5 months after the end of each Fall, Spring, and Summer term. Diplomas will be mailed to your permanent address automatically about four months after your degree is approved. If you need proof of degree completion before your diploma arrives, please contact the Office of the Registrar to request a Certificate of Completion.