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Applying for Graduation

All students planning to graduate must submit two separate Application for Graduation forms to officially notify the university of their intent to graduate in the term for which they apply.  The first Application for Graduation is to notify the University that you wish to graduate, and the second Application for Graduation notifies your college to begin the graduation processing.  Once you have registered for the courses you plan to take during your final quarter in which you expect to graduate, please submit both of your required Applications for Graduation via your R’Web portal.  Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions during the Application for Graduation process.

Click on the term in which you plan to graduate below for more specific information about the deadlines to submit the Applications for Graduation and other important information about the graduation process:

Graduation Terms

Eligibility to Participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony

You are eligible to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony if you complete all degree requirements at the end of Spring quarter or prior to Spring (i.e., Fall and Winter quarter graduates, and graduates from the previous summer if they did not participate in the previous spring commencement).

Students who need 8 units or less of summer work to complete their degree requirements, are approved to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony.  Students who take their remaining coursework off campus in summer (8 units or less), must first submit proof of enrollment to their major advisor to verify enrollment in order to be able to apply to participate in Commencement. 

Students who need more than 8 units in the summer to complete their degree requirements but still wish to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony, must file a Blue Petition with their major advisor.  Students taking coursework off campus must submit proof of enrollment in non-UCR courses along with the Blue Petition.

Students who intend to complete graduation requirements in the Fall quarter after the Spring Commencement in which they wish to participate are not allowed to participate in that Spring’s Commencement.  Students who are not eligible to participate in the current Spring Commencement Ceremony may participate in the ceremony the following spring. 

Standard for the Award of Honors at Graduation

As passed by the Academic Senate, the Honors categories are based on the Spring graduating class: the highest 2% receive Highest Honors, the next 4% receive High Honors, and the next 10% receive Honors.  Only those students who have passed 60 or more UC units with letter grades will be considered for Honors.

Please remember that recognition of Honors at the Commencement Ceremony for Spring and Summer graduation candidates is based on unofficial data. The official determination (for transcript and diploma purposes) will be based upon the calculated grade point averages of the actual Spring graduates.

Official honors designations for students who graduated in Spring 2021 as well as those who will be graduating in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022, are based on the grade point average cutoffs listed below. 

Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude) 3.95
High Honors (Magna Cum Laude)  3.83
Honors (Cum Laude) 3.68

These cutoffs will also be used as the unofficial cutoffs for the Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 graduates.   The official grade point average cutoffs for the Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 graduates will post around September 17, 2022.

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