Graduation Checklists


Important Deadlines

Jan 25, 2021
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Winter 2021
Feb 8, 2021
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Spring 2021
March 1, 2021
Bachelor's Grad App Deadline for Spring 2021
March 16, 2021
Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Available for Summer 2021
April 1, 2021
Bachelor's Grad App Available for Summer 2021
April 22, 2021
(Extended) Master's and Ph.D. Grad App Deadline for Spring and Summer 2021
April 22, 2021
(Extended) Bachelor's Grad App Deadline for Summer 2021
May 5, 2021
(Updated) Intent to Participate Form Opens
May 17, 2021
Intent to Participate Deadline to select Name to Be Listed in the commemorative Commencement e-program and your Name to Be Read for your personalized graduate slide and in-person name reading.
May 27, 2021
(Updated) Intent to Participate Deadline to submit your completed form. The form will close at 11:59 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced that UC Riverside will be holding limited, in-person Commencement activities for the graduating class of 2021 and 2020, consistent with public health guidance, assuming local SARS CoV-2 infection data do not worsen significantly between now and the end of Spring Quarter. Click here to see the Chancellor's full announcement. Graduates from the Classes of 2021 and 2020 will be provided the opportunity to sign up for blocks of time to walk cross a stage individually as their name is read, have their photo taken in academic regalia on stage, and exit the opposite side of the venue. This activity will take place Saturday, June 5 and from Saturday, June 12 through Monday, June 14. Please see the full schedule under "Schedule of Ceremonies" below.

Per Chancellor Wilcox's latest announcement on Friday, May 7, 2021, we are pleased to announce that the Chancellor is granting an exception to our current campus policy prohibiting visitors to allow each student to bring no more than two guests with them into the venue. Once inside, students will remain at all times with their guests, who will cross the stage with them and join for a professional photograph. These activities will still be livestreamed for family and friends to watch online. Click here to see the latest Chancellor's announcement made on May 7.

As previously described, participants will line up with households socially distanced and all individuals wearing face coverings, as required by campus and public health guidelines. To protect the safety and health of fellow students and guests, as well as staff and volunteers who assist with the events, all participants must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in, with a completed COVID Vaccination Record Card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unvaccinated individuals must arrive with a negative result from a SARS CoV-2 PCR test or rapid antigen test, performed no more than 72 hours prior to arriving on campus.

Consistent with California Department of Public Health guidance anyone who tests positive, is feeling ill, has symptoms of COVID-19, or has potentially been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, may not attend the graduation event and should follow public health recommendations. 

Any student or guest traveling or visiting from outside California and who is not vaccinated should self-quarantine per public health guidelines. All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.

Any student or guest who is not vaccinated and who has come in contact with anyone with COVID-19 must quarantine per public health guidelines. Any student or guest who has symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the event will not be able to attend the event, whether vaccinated or not. All attendees are expected to wash hands often or use hand sanitizer per CDC guidelines on the day of the Commencement activity.

The formal ceremony will remain as a virtual event, with remarks and greetings by university, Academic Senate, alumni, and student leadership delivered as a prerecorded program of approximately 30 minutes and released at the beginning of commencement weekend. Students and their families may watch this at a convenient time and enjoy a tassel-turning or hooding moment with their loved ones at home.

Students eligible to participate have been e-mailed their Intent to Participate form which confirms that you will be participating in this year's Commencement activities.

Preparing for the Big Day

If you are a UC Riverside student who graduated Fall 2020 or are expected to graduate in Winter 2021 or Spring 2021, you are eligible to participate in the Class of 2021 Commencement. If you expect to graduate Summer 2021, you may be approved to participate if you submit your Summer graduation application by the early deadline. 

To assist you in your preparations, we have prepared a checklist of things that you'll need to do beforehand: