These pages provide an overview of the graduation application process, timelines, communication you can expect to receive, degree posting, and diplomas. If you still have questions after reviewing the information on these pages, please contact your graduation evaluator [pdf].  

Graduation vs Commencement


Graduation is the completion of degree requirements. Your transcripts will reflect your degree and major once your degree has been posted.


Commencement is the ceremony to honor students whose degrees have been awarded, or will be awarded in the current semester.

  • The fall ceremony is for the preceding summer and current fall graduates.
  • The spring ceremony is for the current spring and upcoming summer graduates.Graduation Status 

Your graduation status will show one of the following:

  • Eligible to Apply: you have completed at least 85 units and have good academic standing
  • Applied for Graduation: office of the Registrar has received your application
  • Needs to Finish Pending Work: the graduation team has reviewed your application and sent notification to you
  • Degree Awarded: you have completed all degree requirements 

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