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
April 16, 2020
Intent to Participate Available
May 4, 2020
Intent to Participate Deadline to be printed in commemorative Commencement book.

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 Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. 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 April 16, 2020

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 April 16, 2020. 

The Intent to Participate form will be e-mailed to eligible students.You must submit your Intent to Participate form by May 4, 2020 to ensure that you are printed in the commemorative Commencement book.

Step 5: Purchase or Rent your Cap and Gown

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 by April 1, 2020.

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.   

If you prefer to rent a traditional black doctoral gown, hood, mortarboard and tassel, you may rent at Grad Fair, April 21 - 23. Following Grad Fair, Ph.D. regalia may be rented at the UCR Campus Store. The rental price for Ph.D. regalia is as follows: Black Ph.D. gown - $42.98; Ph.D. hood - $38.98; UCR Tartan Tam - complimentary.

You can also purchase your discounted lifetime membership in the Alumni Association and receive a free Ph.D. cap and gown rental at Grad Fair.

Master's candidates: Master's regalia may be purchased at Grad Fair, April 21 - 23. Following Grad Fair, master’s caps, gowns and hoods may be purchased at the UCR Campus Store.  Prices are as follows: Master’s gown, cap and tassel package + Master's hood - $95.96.

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 Grad Fair 

Grad Fair will be held Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, April 23 in HUB 302. 

Grad Fair hours:

  • Tuesday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Step 7: Order your Guest Tickets starting May 13, 2020

Ticket ordering will open starting May 13, 2020. Information regarding how and when to order your guest tickets will be sent via e-mail to registered students the week of May 4.

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 Commencement - May 30 and June 12, 13, 14, & 15

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 Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center (SRC) North.  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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Diplomas

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