University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



Graduate Student Commencement Information


Information about Commencement 2018
will be available in December 2017.  Keep watching this site for details.
 
The information below is intended for advanced degree candidates only. 


Required Procedures for Graduate Students

1. Notify the Graduate Division of your Intent to Participate - deadline March 28, 2018

PhD Students: PhD Notice of Intent to Participate in Commencement

Required for all PhD students who wish to walk in the commencement ceremony and plan to graduate Spring or Summer 2018.  If you don't wish to walk in the ceremony, this form is not required to graduate.  If you graduated in Fall 2017 or will graduate in Winter 2018, this form is not required and you can skip to step 3.

Master's Students: Master's Application for Candidacy - for Spring and Summer 2018

Required for all master's students, or PhD students who wish to receive the master's degree, in Spring or Summer 2018. Students who wish to walk in the commencement ceremony must submit the application for candidacy by this deadline.  If you graduated in Fall 2017 or will graduate in Winter 2018, this form has already been submitted and you do not need to submit it again.

2. Submit the Online Graduation Application (R'Web) - deadline April 23, 2018.

In order for the degree to be conferred, all students must file a grad app on R'Web by the Monday of week 4 of the quarter they wish to graduate.  The spring 2018 deadline for grad apps is April 23, 2018, but it is preferred that students file the R'Web grad app ASAP.  Check the Graduation Procedures site for other grad app deadlines.

3. Confirm your participation via the commencement web site - deadline TBA.

All students who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony must confirm their participation on the commencement website during the time period of Dates TBA. Students will only be able to log on if they are eligible. Eligibility is determined by the Graduate Division. Students must submit the required forms (listed above) before their eligibility can be determined.

Additional Information

  • Participation in the Ceremony
    Check commencement website for a schedule of ceremonies.
  • PhD Students Walking in Ceremony with Master's Degree
    PhD students who wish to walk for their master's degree may do so. Please submit the Application for Candidacy by March 28, 2018 (for Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 master's candidates).
  • PhD Regalia
    PhD candidates wishing to purchase a custom blue UC doctoral gown, tam and hood may do so through the UCR Campus Store (951-827-4454) by Friday, April 27, 2018.  Purchase prices are as follows:  blue UC PhD Gown - $759.00; UC PhD Hood - $165.00; Blue Velvet Tam - $133.00; UCR Tartan Tam - $150.00; Class of 2017 Tassel: $7.98. (All prices listed are subject to change.)

    PhD candidates preferring to rent a traditional black doctoral gown, hood, mortarboard and tassel may do so at Grad Fair, Dates and Times TBA. Following Grad Fair, PhD regalia may be rented at the UCR Campus Store until June 1, 2018. Rental price is as follows:  black PhD gown - $42.98; PhD hood - $38.98; mortarboard  - $4.98.  (All prices listed are subject to change.)
  • Master's Degree Regalia
    Master's regalia may be purchased at Grad Fair, Dates and Times TBA. Following Grad Fair, PhD regalia may be rented at the UCR Campus Store.  Prices are as follows:  Master’s gown, cap and tassel package - $58.98; Master’s hood - $36.98. (All prices listed are subject to change.)
  • PhD Hooding
    All PhD students will be hooded at the ceremony. Typically the major professor (dissertation/thesis committee chairperson) will hood the candidate. If that person is unavailable, another member of the committee may substitute.  It is THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY to confirm participation with the hooding professor.  Faculty must then register on the commencement web site by Thursday, May 24, 2018.
  • Faculty Participants Hooding a Degree Candidate
    All hooding faculty must register on the commencement website. If a faculty member does not have their own regalia, they must request it in a timely manner through the commencement website.  The deadline for faculty to register and order regalia is Thursday, May 24, 2018.
  • Tickets
    To ensure adequate seating all ceremonies will be ticketed.  The actual number of guest tickets available to each candidate will depend upon the number of candidates attending the ceremony.  Students confirming their Intent to Participate by the deadline will have the opportunity to order the full allotment of guest tickets and also make a request for additional tickets. Tickets will be distributed at Grad Fair, Dates and Times TBA.  Check the commencement web site for Grad Fair times and details.

  • Live Online Streaming
    The ceremony will be streamed live via the UCR website.  Family and friends who are not able to attend the ceremony in person can watch it online.

Commencement Student Speaker


Information about the Commencement Speaker (selection process and deadline dates) will be announced soon.

Watkins Commencement Award


The Dr. Gordon and Anna Watkins Award was established in 1956 by the student body to honor UCR’s First Provost and his wife.  It is presented to a graduating Master’s Degree or Doctoral student for outstanding campus and/or community service. A cumulative GPA of 3.5 is required at the time of application. A lifetime membership in the UCR Alumni Association and a $500 gift will be presented. 

The Watkins Award Application should be submitted via email to kara.oswood@ucr.edu or turned in to Graduate Academic Affairs, 140 University Office Building by March 16, 2018.  Self-nominations are acceptable.

Previous winners were Marcela Ramirez (PhD in Education), Jessica Tsai Wen (PhD in Bioengineering), Tanya Rawal (MA in Comparative Literature), Thanh Dinh (PhD in Botany) and Colin Blake (MBA). A more complete list can be found on the Watkins Award page.

Graduation Quarter Eligibility Requirements

If you graduated or will graduate.....

Summer 2017
1.  Contact Trina Elerts (trina.elerts@ucr.edu) by March 28, 2018 in order to be included on the eligibility list.
2.  Confirm your participation on the commencement website (dates and times TBA).

Fall 2017
1.  Confirm your participation on the commencement website (dates and times TBA).

Winter 2018
1.  Confirm your participation on the commencement website (dates and times TBA).

Spring 2018
1.  Submit your PhD Notice of Intent to Participate in Commencement or Application for Candidacy (Master's) by March 28, 2018.
2.  Confirm your participation on the commencement website (dates and times TBA).

Summer 2018
1.  Submit your Notice of Intent to Participate in Commencement (PhD) or Application for Candidacy (Master's) by March 28, 2018.
2.  Confirm your participation on the commencement website (dates and times TBA).

Fall 2018

Students graduating Fall 2018 are NOT eligible to participate in the June 2018 ceremony.  Please plan to join us in June 2019.

Graduation Procedures for Graduate Students

 

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238
E-mail: graddiv@ucr.edu

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