SOE Virtual Commencement Celebration
Class of 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
In-Person Graduate Recognition and Name-Reading Event
Deadlines to Apply for Graduation
Graduating in Absentia
If you completed transfer work required for graduation, you must submit transcripts reflecting this work to Undergraduate Admissions. This work must be posted to your student record by June 15, 2021.
Transfer Work Transcript Deadlines
If you completed transfer work required for graduation, you must submit transcripts reflecting this work to Undergraduate Admissions. This work must be posted to your student record by September 14, 2021.
If you completed transfer work required for graduation, you must submit transcripts reflecting this work to Undergraduate Admissions. This work must be posted to your student records by December 14, 2021.
If you completed transfer work required for graduation, you must submit transcripts reflecting this work to Undergraduate Admissions. This work must be posted to your student records by March 22, 2022.
Preparing for College Graduation
- Resolve any incomplete grades (I) and/or grade delays (GD) you may have received directly with the instructor and copy your Academic Advisor.
- Update your official Name and personal information: : https://registrar.ucr.edu/grades-records/information
- 40 Hours of Fieldwork: To clear your fieldwork, verify your fieldwork placement, or need help finding a fieldwork placement, visit: https://education.ucr.edu/community-engaged-learning
- Find the UCR 2021 commencement checklist here to help you review the steps to participate in this year's commencement activities.
- If you have submitted your college graduation application(s), please do not enroll in terms subsequent to your graduation term. Doing so will void your graduation application. Contact your Advisor(s) if you need to cancel your graduation application and extend your expected graduation term.
Apply for College Graduation
All undergraduates planning to graduate must apply for College Graduation to officially notify the university of their intent to graduate in the term for which they apply. The application for Graduation is to notify the university that you wish to graduate; it also notifies the GSOE to begin the graduation process. Once you have registered for the courses you plan to take during your final quarter in which you expect to graduate, please submit your required Application for Graduation via your R’Web portal.
Click on the term in which you plan to graduate below for more specific information about the deadlines to submit the Application for Graduation and other important information about the graduation process.
Complete these steps:
1. Confirm that your concentration, double major, and minor (if any) are correct in your Student Profile and Degree Audit. Please contact your Academic Advisor if your programs are missing or incorrect.
2. Submit your College Graduation application (per major only) via R’web by 4:00 pm of the deadline identified for the graduating term below. To apply, open the “Graduation, Grades, & Test Scores” application, select your graduating term.
Double majors will need to submit a College graduation application for each major. You may need to complete additional graduation applications for your second Colleges. Please contact your Academic Advisor if the term and/or curriculum programs are missing or incorrect.
Satisfying remaining units: It is important to meet UCR Residency (completing 35 of final 45 units at UCR during final year) and satisfying 180-216 degree units. Your degree audit will update about 24 hours after any enrollment change. If the degree audit continues to alert you about missing units to meet these requirements, then you must add those units.
Degree % completion:
1. Students enrolled in their final courses will remain at a steady 98% degree completion until final grades are released, achieving 100% degree completion.
2. Students with 99% or 97% or below degree completion have either:
a. Holds to clear
b. Grade Delay or Incomplete
c. Pending transfer work
d. Degree requirements to satisfy
Your Academic Advisor(s) will be working with you to resolve the issues throughout your final quarter.
Deadline to Transfer Units to UCR
Students taking coursework off campus must submit a petition and provide proof of enrollment in non-UCR courses to their major advisor for review and GSOE Associate Dean approval. If you completed transfer work required for graduation, you must immediately submit official transcripts to Undergraduate Admission: firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline identified for your graduating term below. Keep your Academic Advisor updated as to the status of your transcripts.
Eligibility to Participate in Commencement Ceremony
You are eligible to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony if you applied for College Graduation and completed all degree requirements during: Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, or completing your degree in Summer 2021. Alumni unable to participate in their own ceremony may participate in this ceremony.
Students who need summer work to complete their degree requirements must meet with their Academic Advisor. Students who take their remaining coursework off campus in summer (8 units or less), must first submit proof of enrollment to their major advisor and obtain GSOE Associate Dean permission 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 notify their major advisor and obtain GSOE Associate Dean permission to participate in Commencement. Students who intend to complete graduation requirements in the Fall quarter, after the Spring Commencement in which they wish to participate in, 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.
Ordering UCR Regalia
The UCR Grad Fair ended on May 3, 2021. To order UCR regalia, sashes, and other UCR memorabilia please visit this link. Each color, worn on tassels, hoods, velvet and satin trimmings, represents a specific educational discipline. For Education our tassel is light blue. You may learn more about other colleges graduation colors and UCR traditions, here: https://commencement.ucr.edu/#tradition_symbols.
- Degree Conferral Transcripts and Diploma
Honors and Awards
A program and community that emphasizes scholarship, engagement, and student success. University Honors also differs from numerous honors societies (student organizations), each having a separate admission process not administered by University Honors. The University Honors cords are awarded to undergraduates who are on track to complete the University Honors program (honors.ucr.edu). Admission to University Honors is competitive and is dependent on grade point average, as calculated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for first-year and transfer applicants, application essays, demonstrated leadership, and academic integrity. Prior to COVID, University Honors provided cords to their graduating seniors at the University Honors Cording Ceremony, which students then wear during their respective commencement ceremony. For June 2021, the Cording Ceremony will be online. If you are an enrollee of the University Honors program, then please contact University Honors directly regarding University Honors cords and additional questions about their ceremony: honors.ucr.edu.
Standard for the Award of Latin Honors
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.
For students who have identified GSOE as their primary college, official Latin Honors designation for students who graduated Fall 2020 – spring 2021, are based on the overall degree grade point average (GPA) cutoffs listed below.
The official determination of Latin Honors (for transcript and diploma purposes) will be based upon the calculated grade point averages of the actual Spring 2021 graduates and the new official GPA cutoffs will be posted at the end of Summer 2021.
Official GPA Cutoffs for Spring 2020 – Winter 2021 Alumni
Unofficial GPA Cutoff for Spring and Summer 2021 graduates – to be used for Commencement
Official GPA Cutoff for Spring and Summer 2021 graduates – transcript and diploma purposes
Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude)
TBD by Spring 2021 GPA
High Honors (Magna Cum Laude)
TBD by Spring 2021 GPA
Honors (Cum Laude)
TBD by Spring 2021 GPA
Commencement Ceremony: Recognition of Latin Honors at the Commencement Ceremony for Spring and Summer graduation candidates is based on unofficial GPA cutoffs based on their Winter 2021 overall degree GPA. During Commencement, students receive Honors medals to be worn with their Regalia. the Honors For 2021,medals will be distributed during the in-person Commencement Ceremony when it becomes rescheduled.Academic Merit and College Awards
Undergraduates are celebrated at the Academic Merit Convocation scheduled every Spring. Our recipients for the following awards are notified during the Spring term.1. Outstanding Achievement Award. This award recognizes students—one from each of the colleges—who are selected by their respective Deans (based on faculty nominations) for their exemplary achievement in academics and research or creative activity, breath of involvement in the college, and commitment to service and citizenship.2. Academic Excellence Award. This award recognizes students—one from each Education major concentration—who are selected by the Undergraduate Education Committee (based on faculty nominations) for achieving excellence in their academics and research or creative activity.3. Dean’s Academic Distinction Award. After Winter quarter grades, all undergraduates who have a 3.9 and above overall degree grade point average (GPA) are awarded:a. Medals for Juniors and Seniorsb. Honors pins for freshman and sophomores