Kresge College 2020 Commencement

Saturday, June 13

9:00am - 10:30am

The ceremony will be held on the East Field

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The Kresge Commencement ceremony is a joyful community celebration. Faculty, staff, and students are led in a procession to the East Field. The ceremony includes keynote and student speakers before the presentation of the graduates and the awarding of diploma covers.

Click here to check out an infographic of key dates! 

UC Santa Cruz will be utilizing ticketing for each ceremony.

Each graduate will receive 6 tickets to distribute to their family and friends for attendance, as well as 2 parking passes. Unless a guest has a ticket, they will not be able to join us on campus for commencement. Children under the age of 5 years do not need a ticket.

We will offer live-streaming for each commencement ceremony so individuals who are unable to join us in person can still cheer their grad on from afar. 

Last day to claim tickets (online) is Monday, June 8th, 11:59 pm. We highly encourage your guests to print out their tickets.  

Commencement vs. Graduation

Click here to check out an infographic of the two processes! 

OR a more in-depth breakdown of the two processes!

Your college commencement ceremony and graduation from UCSC are two separate things and have separate online processes and timelines:

  • Graduation is the act of conferring an academic degree – receiving your degree or diploma.
  • Commencement is a ceremony where you walk across the stage symbolizing the end of your undergraduate career. 


Apply to graduate (degree completion and diploma) the quarter in which you will be finishing your graduation requirements. DO NOT apply to graduate in Spring if you will be finishing your final graduation requirements in a subsequent quarter.

Apply to graduate via your Student Portal. There is more information about how to apply to graduate on the Registrar’s Office website.

Check-in with your departmental adviser (to have your major requirements reviewed), and on your student portal (to make sure you have reviewed all degree requirements outside of your major, like GE credits, writing component, etc.).

Be sure to consult with an academic adviser at your college if there are discrepancies, or if you have questions about graduation requirements.

Registering for the Kresge Commencement Ceremony is NOT the same as registering with the University to Graduate.

You must meet two conditions to be eligible for participation in the Kresge College Commencement Ceremony.

  1. You must have completed at least 150 credits by the end of Winter Quarter 2020.
  2. You must complete all requirements & coursework and graduate by the end of Fall Quarter 2020.

If you are eligible to participate, register for Kresge’s Commencement Ceremony via here

Register for commencement

Registration will be open on Friday, March 13th, 2020 via this link

Kresge Affiliates - Registration to participate in Kresge’s Commencement Ceremony closes on Monday, May 4th, 2020

Anyone who does not register by May 4 cannot be guaranteed tickets, parking permits, or inclusion in the printed program.

Non-Affiliates - Registration closes Friday, April 24  at 5:00pm (PDT)

Fill out the non-affiliate participation form via the registration formNon-affiliate is limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes April 24, or when all non-affiliate spots have been filled. Once approved, a $50.00 fee will be automatically charged to the student's account via MyUCSC student portal.

This year, there will be no commencement rehearsal. Please keep an eye out on future emails regarding the procession.  The procession will start at 8:45 am. 


Available to purchase NOW via

This year’s changes are the colors of the regalia (cobalt blue and yellow) and no more rentals. All purchase only. 

Pickups will be available in the Bay Tree Bookstore beginning Thursday, April 1. The cost of purchasing regalia is $49.99 through April 17. Click here for more information on the different sale specials and details on Grad Fair.

Parking Permits

Available: Monday, June 1

Location: Kresge Programs Office (Building R-11, room 1111) - Bring your student ID

Hours: 9:00am-Noon, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Each graduating student receives 2 parking permits. Bring your student ID when you pick-up your parking permits. Cars displaying a Kresge Commencement parking permit will be directed to the correct parking lot. Public transportation and ride-sharing are highly encouraged.  Guests may shuttle (or walk) to the ceremony site.

Disability Parking

You may exchange one (or both) of your standard commencement parking passes with a permit for the disability parking lot, as needed. Disability-related accommodation for grads or guests, if it involves sign language interpretation, should be requested by the student by Friday, April 24th.

International Guests

Do you need to invite extended family to the United States from another country? See the International Student and Scholar Services resource page: