Kresge College 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 13th at 9 AM



5/6/2020: Chancellor Larive confirms June Commencements will be entirely on-line.  Please see the Chancellors statement here.  Planning for the June ceremony is continuing, the commencement site will be updated as details become available.

5/1/2020: Commencement Registration has been extended through Sunday, 10th of May. Register HERE

4/10/2020: In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, UC Santa Cruz will not be able to celebrate commencement in-person this June. A message has been sent to graduating seniors asking them to provide feedback on some alternative ideas for how best to celebrate their accomplishments. Please refer to this UCSC Commencement webpage, under 'Friday, April 10 Update' for the Chancellor's full communication on this update and the feedback survey.                  

Information on the Campus' status re. COVID-19 (coronavirus)

For questions regarding Kresge commencement ceremony, email

For general commencement questions, email


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 UPDATED infographic of key dates! 

Can't find that email? Here's the latest email communication to all graduating/graduated seniors

If you have not registered for the Ceremony Please continue to do so.

Even if we are not able to assemble on the field to celebrate your achievements, we want to recognize each of you and memorialize your place in the Kresge College at Kresge College class of 2020.

Registration for the ceremony is open Register HERE

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 EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, 10TH MAY

Anyone who does not register by May 10 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.

This year, there will be no commencement rehearsal.