Graduation Information

To be certified for your degree, you need to apply for graduation.  Graduation is not automatic.  Your graduation 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. If you plan to complete your degree requirements at the end of summer, you would apply for Summer. You can participate in Commencement in June if you are certified the Fall or Winter prior, or Spring or Summer.  Students finishing in Fall participate in Commencement the following June..


We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, ideally, 5th week of the quarter prior to when you plan to finish (e.g. if you plan to finish in Spring, apply before the end of Week 5 in Winter). Once you apply, an academic counselor will review your DegreeWorks to make sure everything is updated and then "receive" your application. In order to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you need to submit your graduation application to be eligible to reserve tickets in April. 

The deadline to apply is the end of Week 10 of the quarter in which you plan to finish - though again, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible, ideally before Week 5 of the quarter prior.  That way you can see if you are missing anything and enroll in your last quarter.  

If you plan on completing your requirements by the end of the Summer but you currently do not have 120 units, you may apply right after Winter grades post and still be eligible to participate in Commencement.

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: Geoffrey Murry

Last name Q-Z: Jamie Shea

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 ceremony 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. Summer graduates are factored into the next academic year.

Actual latin honors will be based on final grades and class standing.  As a guideline, 2018-2019 ranges were as follows:   

  • Summa Cum Laude (top 1%):  4.00 - 3.943
  • Magna Cum Laude (next 3%):  3.942 - 3.842
  • Cum Laude (next 8%): 3.841 - 3.668
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.

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