Here are the major milestones in planning your graduation from UCLA.

Not every milestone will apply to you, but you can learn more by clicking on the items below.


You are automatically eligible to participate in 2017 College Commencement if you:

  1. Have graduated Fall 2016 or Winter 2017, OR
  2. Are declared to graduate Spring or Summer 2017.

If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria but wish to be included in the 2017 College Commencement, you must file a Special Inclusion Petition (SIP) as follows:

  • Students who are declared to graduate Fall 2017 – file an online SIP through MyUCLA  .
  • Students who do not meet the criteria above – file a paper SIP, which is available at your College counseling unit – Academic Advancement Program, Honors Programs, or College Academic Counseling.

Beginning Wednesday, March 1 – SIPs (as specified above) can be filed.

For STUDENTS, please direct any questions regarding your academic eligibility to your College counseling unit:


  Declare/Update Candidacy Term   – indicate the degree candidacy term that you expect to graduate. This information can be verified in your Degree Progress/Audit Report.

Winter Quarter degrees will be awarded on (or about) Friday, April 21, 2017.

for Spring Quarter,
by Friday, April 14, 2017
  Review your Privacy Options   – manage how your public information is shared.

If you want your name reflected in the College Commencement program, you must remove
privacy restrictions from your name.

Note: Privacy restrictions on other information, such as address and phone number, can remain.

Wednesday, March 1 –
Friday, April 21, 2017
  Verify how your name will appear in the College Commencement Program  

Your current UCLA legal name, will appear

  • on your diploma in upper case letters and
  • in the College Commencement Program will be formatted exactly as listed in the MyUCLA Commencement Student feature in upper and lower case letters.

If your legal name has changed or is misspelled, file a name change form   in person at the Registrar’s Office.

However, if it is formatted incorrectly (such as “De La Cruz”, not “de la Cruz”; or “Mcdonald”, not “McDonald”; etc.) or you would like your UCLA preferred name reflected, send a message to the College Commencement Office through Message Center “Name Update” queue, indicating the change.

Wednesday, March 1 –
Friday, April 21, 2017
  Last day to file a Special Inclusion Petition (SIP) and have your name appear in the College Commencement Program.

After Friday, April 21, you can still file a SIP and, if it is approved, participate in Commencement events,
but your name will NOT be included in the program.
To order tickets, visit Ticket Ordering.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Enroll in an iGrad Workshop
  The planning guidelines outlined above along with other items are discussed in detail.  All students are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.

Offered by College Academic Counseling (CAC) in Murphy Hall
View the Winter 2017 schedule  

Offered by Academic Advancement Program (AAP) in Campbell Hall
View the Winter 2017 schedule  

  College Honors – Indicate candidacy by completing and submitting the College Honors Candidacy form   by Friday, April 7, 2017
  Latin Honors – Visit the Registrar’s web site to view eligibility requirements and GPAs  
This information can also be viewed in your Degree Progress/Audit Report.


  Participate in the Senior Survey Friday, January 20 –
Monday, June 26, 2017
  Visit Ticket Ordering for full details regarding

  • Submitting your time preference for the College Commencement Ceremony
  • Receiving your preference decision via a MyUCLA notice
  • And then, placing your remaining order for guests tickets and parking permits
Tuesday, April 25, –
Friday, May 19, 2017
  Order distribution of tickets and parking permits for all Commencement events beginning Tuesday,
May 30, 2017


Graduation Etc.
Ackerman Union, A–Level
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(310) 825-2587
  Order your cap and gown
beginning Wednesday,
March 1, 2017
  Pick up your cap and gown
beginning Monday,
May 22, 2017
  Take your senior portraitView the portrait schedule  
– by Friday, June 9, to have your portrait appear in the BruinLife Yearbook
  Order your senior portrait
  Order graduation announcements
– by Monday, May 29, to receive the order before Commencement weekend
  Latin Honors – purchase Honors braid or fourragère
For students graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude
beginning Monday,
June 5, 2017


  Apply to be student speaker at College Commencement deadline is Friday,
April 7, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
  Apply to be student singer at College Commencement deadline is Friday,
April 7, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
  Order your copy of the BruinLife Yearbook – either online   or in person at 118 Kerckhoff Hall
  Participate in the Senior Class Giving Campaign  
Give Back—It’s A Bruin Tradition!
  Apply for a Chancellor’s Service Award   Monday, January 30 –
Friday, March 3, 2017