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Graduation and Commencement 101

Please note that graduation and commencement are two distinct terms:

  • Graduation is the term used to describe when a student has completed all requirements and his/her degree has been officially posted to the academic record. Students must file a Degree and Diploma Application (DDA) to initiate this process.
  • Commencement is the annual ceremony in which eligible students participate. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute official graduation from the University. Any student with Senior standing (135 units) may choose to participate in the commencement ceremony.

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Applying for Graduation

  • Before applying, review your Degree Audit Report on TritonLink to ensure all graduation requirements are complete. For questions regarding general education or University requirements, contact Sixth College Academic Advising. For questions regarding your major or minor requirements, contact the appropriate department. It is recommended to do a graduation check-in meeting with each department the quarter prior to your graduation. 
  • Verify that your name, permanent address, major and minors are reflected accurately in TritonLink.
  • Once you have verified that all graduation requirements will be completed by your intended quarter of graduation, submit your Degree and Diploma Application (DDA) online by the deadlines below:
    • Fall graduates: Last day of finals week, Fall Quarter
    • Winter graduates: Last day of finals week, Winter Quarter
    • Spring graduates: Last day of finals week, Spring Quarter
    • Summer graduates: Last day of finals week, Summer Session II
      • To have your name listed in the Commencement program, you must apply no later than May 1st.
  • To retract or change your application for graduation, contact a Sixth College academic advisor via the Virtual Advising Center.

For more information, visit an academic advisor during our walk-in advising hours or submit a question through the VAC.

Latin Honors

University honors are awarded with the bachelor’s degree to students who have an exceptional overall GPA and have completed at least 80 graded units at the University of California. The honors designations are: summa cum laude, top 2%; magna cum laude, the next 4%; and cum laude, the next 8% of the graduating class. Appropriate GPAs are calculated annually to reflect the top 14% of the previous year’s graduating seniors.
University honors are recorded on the student’s diploma and transcript, as well as noted in the commecement program.

The GPA criteria for Latin Honors are as follows:

2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015

Summa Cum Laude

3.930-4.000

3.926-4.000

3.919-4.000

Magna Cum Laude

3.830-3.929

3.808-3.925

3.805-3.918

Cum Laude

3.695-3.829

3.666-3.807

3.670-3.804

Students must complete at least 80 University of California graded units to be eligible.

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