Commencement Checklist

Announce Degree Candidacy
File at the Office of the Registrar or Graduate Division Office according to the Academic Calendar.

Register for College Ceremony
Register to participate in your college ceremony. Registration deadline is May 10, 2019. Students who register after May 10 cannot be guaranteed tickets or parking permits.

The deadline to register to participate as a non-affiliate is April 26.

Registration links for celebrations can be found on the department’s website.

Order/Purchase Announcements
You have the option to conveniently purchase personalized graduation announcements either online or in person at the Bay Tree Bookstore. Please visit the bookstore website at http://slugstore.ucsc.edu/graduation for details, dates, and deadlines.

Reserve a Cap & Gown
Reservations for caps & gowns can be made either online or in person at the Bay Tree Bookstore. Please visit the bookstore website at http://slugstore.ucsc.edu/graduation for details, dates, and deadlines.

Cap & Gown Distribution
Detailed information is available on the bookstore website at http://slugstore.ucsc.edu/graduation.

Return Gowns and Hoods
Gowns and hoods should be returned immediately following your ceremony. Each ceremony location will have designated drop-off stations marked as “Gown Return”. Returns will also be taken at the Bay Tree Bookstore. Please visit the bookstore website at http://slugstore.ucsc.edu/graduation for details, dates, and deadlines. Students who do not return regalia will be billed for replacement costs.

Claim Tickets
In order to claim commencement tickets, students MUST have registered to participate in commencement. Students who have registered by the deadline (May 10) will be able to claim their tickets online starting on May 15. Click here to claim tickets.

Additional information about Tickets:

  • Deadline to claim tickets is June 10 at 5pm. After this date, students will no longer be able to access the system to claim their tickets.
  • Tickets cannot be sold or replicated and are valid only for the ceremony listed on the ticket. Violations of this policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Office.
  • Children 5 and under will not need a ticket for admission.
  • Each ticket has a unique QR code which will be scanned at entrance to the venue. If more than one copy of a ticket is printed, only the first ticket scanned will be allowed entry.
  • Once you leave the venue, re-entry is not permitted.