As your time at UCI is winding down, we'd like to give you a few tips and reminders to make the graduation process as smooth as possible.

To be certified for your degree, you need to apply for graduation. It is important to note that graduation is not automatic. Your graduation application is needed in order to earn your diploma. Your application indicates to us that you are planning to complete your degree requirements by a particular quarter. The Application for Graduation is available to complete on StudentAccess.

Students are certified once all coursework and grades have posted to their UCI transcript. If you plan to finish your degree requirements in spring, you would apply for Spring 2017. If you plan to complete your degree requirements at the end of summer, you would apply for Summer 2017. You can participate in Commencement in June 2017 if you are certified in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017. Students finishing in Fall 2017-Summer 2018 may participate in Commencement in Spring 2018. The deadlines to apply for graduation are as follows:

Fall 2016: Friday, December 2, 2016
Winter 2017: Friday, February 10, 2017
Spring 2017: Friday, February 10, 2017
Summer 2017: Friday, March 10, 2017

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Once you apply, an academic counselor will review your online degree audit (DegreeWorks) to make sure everything is updated and then "receive" your application. Please note that in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you need to submit your graduation application by the deadlines above.

If you have any questions about your graduation application, please contact your certifying counselor:

Last name A-F: Melissa Martinez

Last name G-L: Alejandra Garibay

Last name M-P: Maria Spangenberg

Last name Q-Z: Deisy Escobedo

For more information on Commencement and tickets, check the Commencement website. The site is updated regularly, so please check it frequently for new information.

Graduating with Latin Honors
Of the graduating seniors in the School of Social Ecology, approximately 12 percent will be awarded academic honors (Latin honors): 1 percent summa cum laude, 3 percent magna cum laude, and 8 percent cum laude. Academic honors is determined and awarded based on a student's cumulative GPA at the end of their final term at UCI. The School of Social Ecology calculates honors eligibility based on historical data. The GPAs of students who received summa, magna and cum laude honors over the past three years have been averaged and those GPA averages used to determine the top 12% of the year’s graduating class.
For students completing their degree requirements in the spring, Latin honors for the annual commencement program will be conditional, and based on winter grades. Actual honors that will be posted to your transcript and diploma will be calculated using your GPA after your final quarter at UCI.
The GPA cutoffs for Latin honors for students graduations Summer 2016 - Spring 2017 are:
  • Summa Cum Laude (top 1%):  4.00 - 3.968
  • Magna Cum Laude (next 3%):  3.967 - 3.868
  • Cum Laude (next 8%): 3.867- 3.714
NOTE: The cutoffs are subject to change.  Students must adhere to UCI’s academic honesty policy and have no charges of academic dishonesty on their record. In addition, students must complete 72 quarter units in residence at a UC campus by the end of the final term at UCI.

Congratulations on your achievements thus far! Enjoy your final quarters at UCI.