GRADUATION & COMMENCEMENT
It is strongly recommended that you meet with a College counselor in your College Advising unit for a degree check at least 1 or 2 quarters before you intend to graduate, to be sure that you will have satisfied all degree requirements.
You should also consult with your departmental counselor to be sure that you have or will have completed all major and minor requirements.
Special Inclusion Petition
The Special Inclusion Petition is for students who completed their degree requirements in a previous academic year (e.g. 2021-2022 academic year) or who are graduating in Winter 2024 or beyond and who wish to request to participate and walk in the June 2023 commencement ceremonies.
FALL 2023 GRADUATES SHOULD NOT SUBMIT THIS FORM: Fall 2023 graduates who wish to participate in the June 2023 commencement ceremony should submit their automatically-approved Special Inclusion Petition through the commencement ticket portal on MyUCLA.
Please select your advising/counseling unit below to submit your petition (please check your Degree Audit to confirm your advising/counseling unit. If you select the wrong unit, your petition will not be processed. Students may submit their petition once the form opens on May 1, 2023. Please note that we will begin reviewing these petitions on May 8th, 2023 – it may take up to 5-10 business days to be reviewed and processed.
Please note that graduates from the previous Fall and Winter quarters are automatically included in the commencement events in the June following their graduating term.
Consult the UCLA College Commencement website for the most up-to-date information regarding commencement events.
LATIN HONORS: The official Latin Honors designation made to your diploma is based on your final grades at the time of degree completion. Fall degree candidates are NOT eligible to receive any Latin Honors designations in the prior June College Commencement Program, and should check for revised GPA requirements in the Fall. If you do not have 90 graded UC units but otherwise may meet the GPA requirements, please consult your College advisor.
To start the process leading to the award of your bachelor’s degree, you must indicate through MyUCLA the quarter or summer session in which you expect to complete your degree requirements. This is known as your Degree Expected Term and it appears on your Degree Progress Report.
Benefits of Declaring Degree Candidacy
- The names of declared degree candidates are automatically included in the College Commencement Program.
- Any and all Commencement mailings are automatically sent to ‘declared’ degree candidates.
- You final degree audit can be prepared by the Registrar’s office in a more timely fashion.
Declaring Candidacy for the Current Term
If you decide that you would like to graduate at the end of the current term, you must declare candidacy through MyUCLA (Main Menu, Academic) by Friday of finals week.
Please note: If the current term is your degree expected term, you will not be assigned an enrollment appointment for the following term.
Changing Degree Expected Term
If you are a “past-term candidate” (in other words, if you declared a past term as your degree expected term but did not complete your graduation requirements by that date)—you must re-declare your degree expected term. Information can be reviewed on the Registrar’s Office website .
Degree Expected Term and EAP
Make sure you have checked with an academic advisor in the College and your major department regarding any necessary petitions or other paperwork before you go abroad.
Verifying your Degree Expected Term
You may check your degree expected term at any time through MyUCLA . If you still have questions about your degree candidacy status, you should speak with an academic advisor in your College Advising unit or make an inquiry at the Registrar’s Office (1113 Murphy Hall).
Final Quarter Not at UCLA
If you intend to complete your degree requirements as a nonregistered student (complete your degree by taking up to 10 of your final 45 units through UCLA Extension or at another institution), you must file a request to graduate In Absentia.
- Use the Request to Graduate In Absentia form available online
- Submit the completed form to your degree auditor in the Registrar’s Office
- Due Friday of the second week of the quarter you have designated as your degree expected term.
- You will be assessed the “Undergraduate In Absentia Degree Service Fee” in addition to the “Declaration of Candidacy Fee”
Students graduating In Absentia should also check with both their College advising unit and their major department(s) to make sure that they will not be in violation of the College’s Residence Requirement nor the Major Residence Requirement and that the work completed In Absentia will, in fact, complete their degree. Please be aware that graduating In Absentia is not a guaranteed option for all students nor may it necessarily be the best choice.
Official transcripts (with grades of the courses taken outside of UCLA, including UCLA Extension) must be received by your degree auditor in the Registrar’s Office no later than three weeks after the end of your degree expected term.
Transcripts should be brought or sent to:
1113 Murphy Hall, Box 951429
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1429