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 2018. If you plan to complete your degree requirements at the end of summer, you would apply for Summer 2018. You can participate in Commencement in June 2018 if you are certified in Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018. Students finishing in Fall 2018-Summer 2019 may participate in Commencement in Spring 2019. The deadlines to apply for graduation are as follows:

Fall 2017: Friday, February 9, 2018
Winter 2018: Friday, May 4, 2018
Spring 2018: Friday, July 27, 2018
Summer 2018: TBD

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: Geoffrey Murry

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 16 percent will be awarded academic honors (Latin honors): 2 percent summa cum laude, 4 percent magna cum laude, and 10 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.  
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 Spring grades. 


Actual latin honors will be based on final grades and class standing.  As a guideline, 2016-2017 ranges were as follows:   

  • 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 fluctuate year to year, depending on final class standing.  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.