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Advanced Degree Checklist

Important Deadlines

Jan 27, 2020
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Winter 2020
Feb 10, 2020
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Spring 2020
March 1, 2020
Undergraduate Grad App Deadline for Spring 2020
March 14, 2020
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Summer 2020
March 30, 2020
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Spring & Summer 2020
April 1, 2020
Undergraduate Grad App Available for Summer 2020
April 7, 2020
Undergraduate Grad App Deadline for Summer 2020
May 14, 2020
Intent to Participate for Class of 2020 Online Celebration Available
May 21, 2020
Intent to Participate Deadline to select your Name to Be Read and have your name pre-recorded for your personalized graduate slide.
June 5, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
(Extended) Intent to Participate Deadline to submit your personal message and photo to be included on your personalized graduate slide.

Commencement Checklist for Advanced Degree Candidates

 

Step 1: Apply to Graduate

To participate at Commencement, you need to have completed the appropriate paperwork on time, and received approval from the Graduate Division. For specific eligibility information and application deadlines, visit the Graduate Division website or contact Trina Elerts in the Graduate Division Student Affairs Office.

Step 2: Review and Update your 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. Make sure to populate your Preferred First and Middle Name in R'Web if it is different than your legal name.

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 4 to be included in the commemorative Commencement 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 Trina Elerts in the Graduate Division Student Affairs Office.  Any changes or corrections to your degree information need to be updated to your record by May 4 to be included in the commemorative Commencement book, so please allow sufficient time to process your request.

Step 3 (for Ph.D. and M.F.A. candidates): Confirm your Research Adviser's Attendance

Ph.D. and M.F.A. candidates: You will be hooded on stage by your research adviser, so please contact them and confirm they can attend the Graduate Division Hooding Ceremony on TBD. If your adviser cannot attend, you may ask another member of your dissertation committee to hood you.

Step 4: Submit your Intent to Participate Form when the link is e-mailed to eligible students starting TBD

Not everyone who graduates chooses to participate at Commencement. If you are planning to attend, you must register to walk in Commencement through the Intent to Participate form beginning TBD. 

The Intent to Participate form will be e-mailed to eligible students.You must submit your Intent to Participate form by TBD to ensure that you are printed in the commemorative Commencement book.

Step 5: Purchase your Cap and Gown (Not Required for Online Celebration in June 2020)

Please note, regalia is not required for the online celebration in June, so please only purchase regalia if you wish to have it.

Ph.D. candidates: UC Riverside is happy to provide complimentary UCR Tartan tams for all Ph.D. graduates. Information regarding the distribution of the complimentary tams will be sent via e-mail from commence@ucr.edu by TBD.

If you would like to purchase custom blue doctoral regalia, you may do so online here. If you are ordering custom doctoral regalia and plan to wear the complimentary UCR Tartan tam, please only select the gown and hood. If you would also prefer to purchase a blue velvet "University of California Tam," you may do so when you order your custom regalia.

Purchase prices are as follows: Blue UC Ph.D. Gown - $814.00; UC Ph.D. Hood - $177.00; Blue Velvet Tam - $144.00; University of California Tam (optional) - $144.00; UCR Tartan Tam - complimentary.   

Due to the campus closure, our vendor is not able to provide rental doctoral regalia but is able to offer a Ph.D. souvenir regalia packages that does not need to be returned. Ph.D. souvenir regalia packages (gown, hood, cap and tassel) may be purchased for $112.98 through the Virtual Grad Fair website beginning May 11, 2020. Regalia purchased May 11 - May 18, 2020 during Virtual Grad Fair Week will be available at a 10% discounted price.

Master's candidates: Master's regalia may be purchased through the Virtual Grad Fair website starting May 11, 2020. Prices are as follows: Master’s gown, cap and tassel package + Master's hood - $95.98. Regalia purchased May 11 - May 18, 2020 during Virtual Grad Fair Week will be available at a 10% discounted price.

 The Virtual Grad Fair website will still be live and available for online orders after May 18, however the 10% discount on regalia packages will no longer be offered.

You can also purchase your discounted lifetime membership in the Alumni Association and receive a free Master's cap and gown at Grad Fair.

Step 6: Attend Virtual Grad Fair 

Virtual Grad Fair Week will take place online from May 11 - 18, 2020. The link to the Virtual Grad Fair website will be e-mailed to eligible students by May 8, 2020.

Step 7: Order your Guest Tickets starting TBD

Please note, tickets are not required for the online celebration in June 2020. The information on tickets below is regarding the in-person Commencement ceremonies.

Ticket ordering will open starting TBD. Information regarding how and when to order your guest tickets will be sent via e-mail to registered students the week of TBD.

Once you submit your ticket order, you will be given the option to either print or electronically distribute your tickets via email. Each ticket will have a unique barcode and may only be scanned once for admittance. Duplicate tickets will be denied entrance. 

Please see your ceremony page for more information regarding tickets for your specific ceremony. 

Step 8: Tell Us your Plans After Graduation

You've made it to graduation, but what's your next destination? Tell us your next step now!

Step 9: Attend UC Riverside's Online Celebration in June 2020 (Date TBD)

An online Commencement celebration for graduates and their families will be held in June 2020. Additional information regarding this celebration will be posted to the Commencement website homepage as soon as it is available. 

Step 10: Attend Postponed In-Person Commencement Ceremonies - (Dates TBD)

As you are aware, due to the current campus closure until June 19, 2020, UC Riverside's in-person Commencement ceremonies are being postponed until they can be safely rescheduled. Additional information regarding the postponed ceremonies will be posted to the Commencement website homepage as soon as it is available.

All Ph.D. and M.F.A. candidates: All Ph.D. and M.F.A. degree candidates will participate in the Graduate Division Hooding ceremony on TBD.  Please arrive on campus no later than 8:00 a.m. and check-in at SRC North, Room TBD. Refer to the Graduate Division Hooding ceremony webpage for additional details and click here to view the hooding process for Ph.D. and M.F.A. candidates.

Master's candidates: Master's degree candidates will participate in your respective College ceremonies. Please refer to your ceremony webpage for additional details regarding your specific ceremony, including when to arrive and where to check-in.

Step 11: Leave Your Legacy

Leave your mark at UCR by making a contribution to the 2020 Senior Class Gift Campaign. Generations of Highlanders before you helped pave the way for the class of 2020 by giving back to UCR through philanthropy and service.

Help us get 100 grads to make a gift - at any amount - before Commencement!

Step 12: 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 13: Diplomas

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