Commencement 2023

PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony

The 2023 commencement ceremony for PhD and MFA hooding is currently in the planning stages.  Check back in February 2023 for updates.

Checklist for commencement for advanced degree candidates

All other master's degree candidates will participate in the designated college ceremony.  The UCR Commencement Web Site is the best resource for details about each ceremony. 

FACULTY planning to participate in the commencement ceremonies please confirm your participation and order regalia.

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 2023 Faculty registration form will open in late March or early April 2023 with a deadline of early May 2023.

    All PhD and MFA Candidates will be hooded by their research advisor on stage at the June 2023 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 by DATE TBA.  Follow the link in the email to confirm your participation.  Commencement registration for students opens on April 19, 2022. 

    If you believe you are eligible but have not received an email from the Commencement Office by DATE TBA, 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.

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 2023 Faculty registration form opens in mid-March 2023.

    All PhD and MFA Candidates will have the opportunity to be hooded by their research advisor on stage at the Graduate Division Hooding Ceremony on DATE AND LOCATION TBA.  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 DATE TBA Follow the link in the email to confirm your participation.  Commencement registration (Intent to Participate) for students opens on DATE TBA.

    If you believe you are eligible but have not received an email from the Commencement Office 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.

Additional Information

 

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 by April 1st.  Self-nominations are acceptable. 

Previous winners were Roxana Coreas (PhD in Environmental Toxicology), 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...

2021/2022
Please contact Trina.Elerts@ucr.edu if you wish to be added to the eligibility list.

Summer 2022
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 2022
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 2023
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 2023
Follow the instructions at the top of this page.  

Summer 2023
Follow the instructions at the top of this page. 

Fall 2023
Students graduating in Fall 2023 are NOT eligible to participate in the June 2023 ceremony.  Please plan to join us in June 2024.