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Advanced Degree Checklist

Important Deadlines

Jan 24, 2022
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Winter 2022
Feb 1, 2022
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Spring 2022
Feb 7, 2022
Bachelor's Grad App Available for Spring 2022
March 1, 2022
Bachelor's Grad App Deadline for Spring 2022
March 16, 2022
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Summer 2022
April 4, 2022
Bachelor's Grad App Available for Summer 2022
April 11, 2022
Bachelor's Grad App Deadline for Summer 2022
April 18, 2022
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Spring and Summer 2022
April 19, 2022
Intent to Participate Form Opens
May 13, 2022, 5:00 PM
Intent to Participate Deadline to Order Maximum Number of Tickets
May 17, 2022
Ticket Ordering Opens on Intent to Participate Form

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


Preferred/Lived Name and Mailing Address

If you would like to update your preferred/lived first name and middle name for Commencement purposes, you are required to update your information in R'Web.

Monday, April 4:  Deadline to update your preferred first and middle names, and your mailing address in R'Web for Commencement. For more information on how to update your preferred names, please visit the Registrar's website here.

Legal Name Change

If you would like to update your last name, you are required to submit a "Change or Correction of Name Form" accompanied by required legal documentation.

Monday, April 4: Deadline to have your legal (or last) name changed in Banner in time for Commencement. Because this process can take several weeks, please begin this process early so that your record is updated in time. For more information on how to update your legal name and required legal documentation, please visit the Registrar's website here

Degree Information

If you need to have your degree information updated, please contact your department’s Student Affairs Officer as soon as possible.

Monday, April 4: Deadline for any changes or corrections to your degree information to be listed correctly on your Intent to Participate form. Please allow the Registrar’s Office sufficient time to process your request.

Step 3 (for Ph.D. and M.F.A. candidates only): 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, June 4, 2022. 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 Tuesday, April 19

The Intent to Participate form confirms that you will be participating in the Class of 2022 Commencement. The form will open on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, and login and instructions will be e-mailed to eligible students that afternoon. 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 by Friday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Please note the important deadline below: 

Friday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit your Intent to Participate form to:

  • Select and submit your "Name to Be Displayed" as you cross the stage. Please note, if you register after this deadline your legal first and last name will be displayed and cannot be changed.
  • Select and submit your "Name to Be Read" and pre-recorded for stage crossing. Please note, if you register after this deadline your legal first and last name will be pre-recorded and cannot be changed.
  • Ensure that you are able to order the maximum number of tickets for your specific ceremony.

Step 5: Purchase your Cap and Gown 

Ph.D. candidates: UC Riverside is happy to provide complimentary UCR Tartan tams (tassel included) for all Ph.D. graduates. Information regarding the distribution of the complimentary tams will be sent via e-mail early Spring Quarter.

Doctoral Custom Regalia Purchase (Online Only)

If you would like to purchase custom blue doctoral regalia, you may do so on Oak Hall's ordering website here. To ensure you receive your regalia in time for the Hooding Ceremony, all orders must be placed by April 1, 2022.  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 - $865.00; UC Ph.D. Hood - $189.00; Blue Velvet Tam - $154.00 (optional); UCR Tartan Tam - complimentary.   

Doctoral Souvenir Regalia Purchase 

If you do not wish to purchase custom doctoral regalia, doctoral souvenir regalia can be purchased at Grad Fair, April 20 - 22. Souvenir regalia purchase prices are as follow: Black Ph.D. gown - $49.98; Ph.D. hood - $45.98; UCR Tartan Tam - complimentary. Regalia purchased during Grad Fair will be available at a 10% discounted price.

Regalia packages will be available for purchase after Grad Fair at the UCR Campus Bookstore through Commencement weekend at full price.

Master's candidates: Master's regalia may be purchased at Grad Fair, April 20 - 22. Prices are as follows: Master’s gown, cap and tassel package + Master's hood - $98.96. Regalia purchased during Grad Fair will be available at a 10% discounted price.

Regalia packages will be available for purchase after Grad Fair at the UCR Campus Bookstore through Commencement weekend at full price.

Step 6: Attend Grad Fair 

Grad Fair is your one-stop Commencement shop for everything Commencement! Grad Fair will be held in-person from Wednesday, April 20 through Friday, April 22 at the UCR Campus Bookstore. 

Grad Fair Hours: 

  • Wednesday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grad Fair Vendors:

  • Grad Images (Graduation Photos)
  • Commencement Flowers
  • CB Graduation Announcements
  • Balfour Class Ring
  • Citrus Gifts
  • Career Center
  • Student Alumni Association
  • Transportation and Parking Services

Step 7: Order your Guest Tickets starting May 17

Ticket ordering will open starting Tuesday, May 17. Information regarding how and when to order your guest tickets will be sent via e-mail to registered students the week of May 9.

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 note, the exact number of maximum tickets for each ceremony will be announced in early May.

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 - June 4 and June 10, 11, 12, 13, 2022

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, June 4, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive on campus no later than TBD and check-in at TBD. Refer to the Graduate Division Hooding ceremony webpage (link to be added) 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 (links to be added) 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 that will help pave the way for fellow Highlanders. Previous generations of Highlanders supported brilliant students like you by giving back through philanthropy and service. Make your gift today!

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 (link to be added) 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.