Teaching Credential Checklist

Commencement Checklist for Teaching Credential Candidates 

Step 1: Confirm Completion

If you are completing UCR's Teacher Education Program and wish to participate at Commencement, you need to have completed the appropriate paperwork on time and received approval from the Teacher Education Program office. For specific eligibility information and application deadlines, please reach out to the Teacher Education Program Office.

School of Education students who are also graduating with their Master's degree should also refer to the Checklist for Advanced Degree Candidates.  

Step 2: Review and Update Your Information in R'Web

Lived Name and Mailing Address

If you would like to update your Lived First Name, Middle Name, or Last Name or your mailing address for Commencement purposes, you are required to update your information in R'Web.

Monday, April 1:  Deadline to update your Lived First Name, Middle Name, and Last Name, and your mailing address in R'Web for Commencement. Please note, if your Intent to Participate form is not submitted by the deadline, your Lived First Name and Last Name will be pre-recorded and displayed as you cross the stage. 

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 Legal Last Name, you are required to submit a "Change or Correction of Name Form" accompanied by required legal documentation.

Monday, April 1: Deadline to have your Legal 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 1: 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: Submit your Intent to Participate Form and Order Your Guest Tickets when the link is e-mailed to eligible students starting Monday, April 15, 2024

The Intent to Participate form confirms that you will be participating in the Class of 2024 Commencement. The form will open on Monday, April 15, 2024, 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 the important deadline below:

Friday, May 24 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 Lived First Name 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 Lived First Name 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 4: Purchase your Cap and Gown 

Teacher Credential Candidates should purchase the cap and gown corresponding to the highest degree you have earned. Bachelor's and Master's regalia may be purchased at Grad Fair starting Tuesday, April 16 - Thursday, April 18. Prices are as follows: 

  • Bachelor’s gown, cap and tassel package -$67.98
  • Master’s gown, cap and tassel + Master’s hood - $124.96. 

Regalia packages will continue to be available for purchase after Grad Fair at the UCR Campus Bookstore through Commencement week.

Step 5: Give $24 In Honor of Your Graduation and Receive an Exclusive Philanthropy Cord

The UCR Philanthropy Cord is a blue and gold cord for graduates to wear as they walk across the Commencement stage. The cord is a physical symbol of your commitment to UCR, but more importantly, it supports future students to cross the finish line just like you! The link to get your Philanthropy Cord will be added soon.

Step 6: Attend Grad Fair from April 16 - April 18 at the UCR Campus Bookstore

Grad Fair is your one-stop Commencement shop for everything Commencement! Grad Fair will be held in-person from Tuesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 18 at the UCR Campus Bookstore. 

Grad Fair Hours: 

  • Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Step 7: Order Your Guest Tickets and Graduate Parking Pass via Ticketmaster

All registered graduates will be sent an e-mail in May with an e-ticket ordering link and instructions to order your guest tickets and graduate parking pass via Ticketmaster. Please note, the exact number of tickets for each ceremony will be announced in late April.

UCR Commencement tickets are the property of the University and are issued to participating graduates at no charge. The sale, purchase, or duplication of Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited.

Each ticket will have a unique barcode and may only be scanned once for admittance. Duplicate tickets will be denied entry. 

Step 8: Tell Us your Plans After Graduation

Your story matters! Each year the UCR Career Center hosts the First-Destination Survey to capture information regarding the first career steps of UCR graduates within six months of graduation. They proudly track and highlight these outcomes that constitute the UCR success story. We believe every story matters, and this survey is about each student's unique journey and their first destination.

Share your first career story to inspire current and future UCR Students. 


Step 9: Attend the School of Education & School of Public Policy Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. at Toyota Arena

Teacher Credential candidates will participate in the School of Education and School of Public Policy Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. at Toyota Arena. Please refer to the School of Education and School of Public Policy ceremony page (link to be added) for additional details. You will also receive e-mail communications with everything you need to know for your participation!

Step 10: 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.