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Graduation and Commencement are two different processes. Candidates for undergraduate degrees must file to graduate with the Office of the University Registrar before registering for a Commencement ceremony.

Degrees are granted four times during the year – the end of winter, spring, summer and fall quarters. Visit the Office of the University Registrar's Online Graduation Application site for actual graduation dates and filing periods. Any questions about the filing process should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar.

What should you do to prepare?

At least two quarters prior to graduation, students at senior level status (135+) should request an official degree check from a CBS College adviser. You can do this by stopping by 202 Life Sciences and filling out a short form. An evaluation of University and College requirements will then be completed. It is also important to contact your Major Adviser for an evaluation of remaining major requirements.

What happens next?

After you file for graduation, your records will be reviewed by both your major department and your college to determine if you comply with all graduation requirements. If you do not, you will be informed by your college through a letter and/or an e-mail to your UC Davis e-mail account. Keep in mind, this process cannot begin until all of your classes are completed, so it may be well after you have completed your course work that you receive this notification.

If you have questions about graduating with Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors consult the UC Davis General Catalog for the exact criteria.


Registering for the Commencement Ceremony is a different process than filing to graduate. Please consult the Commencement section of this web site for information about participating in the ceremony.

Do you still have questions?

Send an e-mail to cbsundergrads@ucdavis.edu with "Graduation" as the subject.