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
If you are a Summer 2021 degree candidate who did not complete 148 units by the end of Winter 2021 OR a Fall 2021 degree candidate, you may submit a Special Inclusion to your College advising unit to request to be allowed to participate in the 2021 June College Commencement.
If you are unable to come to campus, you may submit a petition online once the forms open during the Spring 2021 quarter. Please select your advising/counseling unit below to submit your petition. (Please note that you may check your Degree Audit to see your advising/counseling unit. If you select the wrong unit, your petition will not be processed.)
- College Academic Counseling
- Academic Advancement Program
- Honors Programs
- Athletics – please consult the CAC-Athletics for procedures to submit a Special Inclusion Petition
Please note that Fall graduates are automatically included in the commencement events in the June following their degree 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.
When to Declare your Degree Expected Term
You should indicate your Degree Expected Term by the time you complete 160 units; otherwise, a late candidacy fee will be charged to your BAR account. The term you choose must fall within the academic year (four quarters) subsequent to the term in which you reach or expect to reach the 160-unit mark.
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 the second week of classes. Declaration of candidacy after Friday of the second week of classes may result in your degree award date being moved to the following quarter as well as the assessment of additional penalty fees.
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 by submitting a Declaration of Candidacy Form to the Registrar’s Office at 1113 Murphy Hall. This form is available online through the Registrar’s Office
Degree Expected Term and EAP
Students completing their work in Spring Quarter through the Education Abroad Program should declare Summer Session as their Degree Expected Term to allow time for the arrival and processing of transcripts. Make sure you have checked with an Honors counselor 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 a counselor 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 should 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 and that the work completed In Absentia will, in fact, complete their degree.
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