University of California, Riverside


Bachelor's Degree Checklist

Commencement Checklist for Bachelor's Degree Candidates


Step 1: Apply to Graduate

In order to graduate from UCR, undergraduate students must submit a graduation application.

4:00 p.m., December 15, 2016 – deadline to apply to graduate Winter 2017.

4:00 p.m., March 15, 2017 – deadline to apply to graduate Spring 2017.

4:00 p.m., April 6, 2017 – deadline to apply to graduate Summer 2017 and participate at Commencement.  If you apply after April 6, you may still be approved to participate, but your name will not be printed in the Commencement program book.

For more information regarding filing your graduation application, please visit the Registrar's Guide to Graduation website.  

Step 2: Review and Update your Personal Information in R'Web

Review your contact information and how your full name and degree information are recorded in R'Web as soon as possible to ensure that they are correct.

If you need to have your name corrected, information regarding requesting a change or correction of name is available on the Registrar's website.  Any changes or corrections to your name need to be updated to your record by May 8 to be included in the Commencement program book so please allow the Registrar’s Office sufficient time to process your request.

If you need to have your degree information updated, please contact your department’s Student Affairs Officer.  Any changes or corrections to your degree information need to be updated to your record by May 8 to be included in the Commencement Program book so please allow them sufficient time to process your request.

Step 3: Order Guest Tickets

Not everyone who graduates chooses to participate at Commencement. If you are planning to attend, you must register and order guest tickets between Thursday, April 20, 2017 and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Please see your ceremony page for more information regarding tickets.

Step 4: Purchase your Cap and Gown

Bachelor's degree cap, gown and tassel may be purchased at Grad Fair, April 25 - 27. The price for a bachelor’s gown, cap, and tassel package is $56.98.  You can also purchase your discounted lifetime membership in the Alumni Association and receive a free undergraduate cap and gown at Grad Fair. Following Grad Fair, bachelor’s caps and gowns may be purchased  at the UCR Campus Store.  

Step 5: Attend Grad Fair and Pick up your Tickets 

Grad Fair will be held Tuesday, April 25 through Thursday, April 27 in HUB 302.

Commencement tickets ordered online between April 20 and April 27, 2017 will be available for pick up in HUB 355.

Grad Fair and Ticket Distribution hours:

  • Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

You must come in person, with your student ID, in order to receive your tickets, or if you designated a courier when you submitted your ticket order, they may pick your tickets up for you with a valid ID.

If you are not able to pick your tickets up during Grad Fair, additional dates and times for ticket distribution will be posted on the Tickets page

Step 6: Attend Commencement - June 16, 17, 18, & 19

Please refer to your ceremony webpage for additional details regarding your specific ceremony, including when to arrive and where to check-in.

Step 7: Leave Your Legacy

Leave your mark at UCR by making a contribution to the 2017 R’Gift Campaign. Generations of Highlanders before you helped pave the way for the class of 2017 by giving back to UCR through philanthropy and service.

Show your Tartan Soul – be Tartan True! Visit to make your gift today.

Step 8: Join the UCR Alumni Association

Stay Connected! We take great pride in our graduates and want to ensure your further success. Join the UCR Alumni Association to stay connected, meet fellow alumni and build a beneficial network.

Step 9: Diplomas

Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. For information regarding the distribution of diplomas, please visit the Registrar's website.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Event Management & Protocol
1144 Hinderaker

Tel: (951) 827-3144