Commencement

COVID-19 Update

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. There will also be an online name reading event.  We will continue to follow guidelines established by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and abide by orders from California Governor Gavin Newsom and the Riverside County Public Health Officer.  Please visit commencement.ucr.edu for further details. 

PhD Graduates and Candidates

  • Step 1: Apply to Graduate

    Submit the Online Graduation Application via R'Web - see the chart of deadlines.

  • Step 2: Confirm Your Research Advisor's Attendance

    Confirm your Research Advisor's attendance at the ceremony and ask them to confirm their attendance with the Commencement Office.  The 2020 Faculty registration form will open in mid-March 2020 with a deadline of early May 2020.

    The plan for commencement 2020 is that all PhD and MFA Candidates will be hooded by their research advisor on stage at the June 2020 Graduate Division Hooding Ceremony.  If your advisor is not able to attend the ceremony, it is your responsibility to find someone else to hood you and report that information on your commencement RSVP (step 3).

  • Step 3: Confirm Your Participation and Order Your Tickets

    If the Graduate Division has determined that you are eligible to participate in commencement, you will receive an email from the Commencement Office the week of April 16, 2020.  Follow the link in the email to confirm your participation.  Commencement registration for students opens the week of April 16, 2020. 

    If you believe you are eligible but have not received an email from the Commencement Office (emails will be sent starting April 16, 2020), please complete the following steps:

    1. Check your student profile in R'Web to verify that you have completed a graduation application.  If you have not, please do so right away.  Once you complete the graduation application, you should receive an email from the Commencement Office within one business day.
    2. If you have completed Step 1 and still have not received an email, please contact trina.elerts@ucr.edu or 951-827-3315.

Master's Graduates and Candidates

  • Step 1: Submit the Application for Candidacy

    Submit the Application for Candidacy for the Master's Degree via R'Grad.  See the chart of deadlines.

  • Step 2: Apply to Graduate

    Submit the Online Graduation Application via R'Web.  See the chart of deadlines.

  • Step 3: MFA Candidates ONLY - Confirm Your Research Advisor's Attendance

    Confirm your Research Advisor's attendance at the ceremony and ask them to confirm their attendance with the Commencement Office.  The 2020 Faculty registration form opens in mid-March 2020.

    The plan for commencement 2020 is that all PhD and MFA Candidates will be hooded by their research advisor on stage at the Graduate Division Hooding Ceremony.  If your advisor is not able to attend the ceremony, it is your responsibility to find someone else to hood you and report that information on your commencement RSVP (step 4).

  • Step 4: Confirm Your Participation and Order Your Tickets

    If the Graduate Division has determined that you are eligible to participate in commencement, you will receive an email from the Commencement Office the week of April 16, 2020. Follow the link in the email to confirm your participation.  Commencement registration for students opens the week of April 16, 2020.

    If you believe you are eligible but have not received an email from the Commencement Office (emails will be sent starting April 16, 2020), please complete the following steps: 

    1. Check your Student Profile in R’Web to verify that you have completed a graduation application. If you have not, please do so right away. Once you complete the graduation application, you should receive an email from the Commencement Office within 1 business day. 

    1. If you have completed Step 1 and still have not received an email, please contact at trina.elerts@ucr.edu or 951-827-3315.

Additional Information


PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony

We will continue to follow guidelines established by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and abide by orders from California Governor Gavin Newsom and the Riverside County Public Health Officer.  Please visit commencement.ucr.edu for further details. 

TBA - Online
All PhD degree and MFA degree candidates.
All other master's degree candidates will participate in the designated college ceremony.  Visit the UCR Commencement Web Site for details. 

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 PhD 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 Commencement 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, 2020. Self-nominations are acceptable. 

Previous winners were Ryan Moruzzi, Jr. (PhD in Mathematics), Nicolette Rohr (PhD in History), Marcela Ramirez (PhD in Education), Jessica Tsai Wen (PhD in Bioengineering), Tanya Rawal (MA in Comparative Literature), Thanh Dinh (PhD in Plant Biology), and Blake Coffin (MBA).

Graduation Quarter Eligibility Requirements

If you graduated or will graduate in...

Summer 2020
1.  Contact trina.elerts@ucr.edu in order to be included on the eligibility list.
2.  Follow step 3 (PhD) or 4 (Master's) at the top of this page.  Eligible students will be sent an email with a customized link with RSVP information.

Fall 2020
Follow step 3 (PhD) or 4 (Master's) at the top of this page.  Eligible students will be sent an email with a customized link with RSVP information.

Winter 2021
Follow step 3 (PhD) or 4 (Master’s) at the top of this page. Eligible students will be sent an email with a customized link with RSVP information. 

Spring 2021
Follow the instructions at the top of this page.  

Summer 2021
Follow the instructions at the top of this page. 

Fall 2021
Students graduating in Fall 2021 are NOT eligible to participate in the June 2021 ceremony.  Please plan to join us in June 2022.