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Before the Ceremonies
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Things to know and to get done BEFORE the actual day of the ceremonies:
- Graduation Checklist »
- After all your hard work, you are probably
eager to receive your degree! To do that, follow this time-proven checklist
(for details, refer to the links below):
- Graduation Eligibility (Undergraduate Students) »
Students who will earn a degree during the
2012-2013 academic year (Summer ’12, Fall ’12,
Winter ’13, Spring ’13) or who expect to complete
their degree requirements during Summer ’13, are
eligible and welcome to participate in commencement
If you are unsure of your eligibility,
check with your academic advising office. Students
must complete an Application for Graduation,
online at StudentAccess by
the deadline set by your school.
- Graduation Eligibility (Masters Students) »
Please check with Graduate Division.
All masters candidates (except Claire Trevor School of the Arts and School of Humanities M.F.A. candidates) participate in joint School ceremonies with baccalaureate candidates.
- Chancellor's Award of Distinction »
The Chancellor’s Award of Distinction recognizes an exceptional
group of graduating students who exhibit a commitment to cutting-edge
leadership, or service to UCI. The award
recognizes UCI’s most outstanding undergraduates.
Click here to learn more about the Chancellor's Award of Distinction.
- Academic Regalia, Caps and Gowns »
Cap and gown purchase is available from the UCI Alumni Association.
Online orders and other information are available at the UCI Alumni Association website.
ORDER EARLY, from February 5 to February 8, 2013, at a special rate! Cap and gown orders
will be available for pick-up at the Banning Alumni House during
Senior Send-off Week, June 3-6.
Online orders will be accepted until April 12, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
CAPS AND GOWNS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON COMMENCEMENT
To participate in the ceremonies, all graduates must wear appropriate
academic regalia. Members of religious
orders or commissioned U.S. military officers may wear their
customary habit or dress uniform, respectively.
Sashes and Stoles: University of California, Irvine,
graduation sashes as well as stoles representing UCI organizations or
to proclaim a vocational aspiration, may be worn with cap and gown. Wearing multiple stoles is permitted.
Recognitions of Achievement and Affiliation: Recognition
cords, pins and medals awarded by UCI organizations and academic departments
may be worn with cap and gown.
- Tickets »
are free and must be reserved. Ticketing closes on April 12, 5:00 p.m. (Pacific time) .
All family and guests attending ceremonies in the Bren Events
Center require tickets. GUESTS MUST HAVE TICKETS FOR ENTRY.
Ticket reservation information is available under Tickets in
the left menu. Ticketing opens at varying times. See Tickets Page for schedule.
Each graduate downloads and prints their own tickets, beginning Tuesday, May 21, at 9 a.m. at the Anteater Online Marketplace.
The graduating UCI student participating in a commencement ceremony does
not need a ticket; each graduate will get a Name Card at lineup.
- Commencement Program »
The names of all qualified students who applied on time for graduation
will be printed in the Commencement Program.
If your diploma name needs to be changed, please contact the Registrar's Office. You may submit a Request for Name Change to request your name to be changed on your university records by May 10, 2013. This form is also available at the Registrar's Office. All diplomas must reflect the exact name on your student records.
A coupon for one complimentary copy of the Commencement
Program will be given to each graduate. Programs will be available at the Supply
Information Counter in the UCI Bookstore beginning June 11.
must be presented to receive the free copy. Additional copies
may be purchased at The Hill, the UCI Bookstore or at the commencement ceremonies for $5.
- Do you have a story to tell? »
Do you have a story to tell? We're looking for story ideas about UCI’s
Class of 2013. Are you part of a family affair of graduates, e.g., a
mother/daughter combo or assorted Anteater siblings? Are you a first-generation college graduate? Did you create a
one-of-a-kind major? Are you getting your dream job after graduation?
Perhaps you overcame difficult odds getting to college and plan to make
your life’s work helping others who need a hand?
E-mail us at email@example.com
your story and let us know the best times and ways to reach you. We
can’t guarantee 15 minutes of fame or that we’ll be able to use
every suggestion, but we’ll do our best to follow up as many as
possible. Stories may be used in UCI
publications or other campus news media.
- Announcements, Invitations and Thank You Notes »
- Graduation Announcements, thank you notes and much more may be ordered on-line from CB Announcements or call 800.433.0296. Other items related to graduation are available for purchase at the The Hill, the UCI Bookstore.
- Senior Class Gift »
Help inspire the next generation of Anteaters by leaving
behind a bit of our class personality! UC Irvine landmarks such as the Student
Center Bell Tower, the Peter the Anteater benches found across campus and class
scholarships are the result of senior class energy and financial support.
More information on how to make your contribution count can
be found here.
Be sure to give guest tickets to your family/guests PRIOR to your ceremony line-up time.
- What to expect and where to line up »
Graduates are required to line-up in their appropriate location one-hour
prior to the start of their commencement
ceremony. This allows time to find friends to sit next to, to make
final checks of your graduation regalia and to line up for the processional. Be
sure to give tickets to your family/guests PRIOR to your ceremony lineup
After the processional, graduates will be seated, speeches
will be given and the chancellor will confer the degrees. Each graduate
will be called forward to be recognized and congratulated by the dean
of their school. There will be a recessional after which you will be
able to greet family and friends.
It is generally a good idea to designate
a post-ceremony meeting place prior to your arrival at the lineup area.
Graduates will not be allowed to leave early from the ceremonies. The
ceremonies will be 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the number
The Bren Events Center does not allow balloons within the building
and requests that guests leave them in their vehicles.
- Name Cards »
- You will receive a name card in line up before the ceremony. The Name Card is used to:
- Walk in your graduation ceremony – Complete the Name Card when you line up.
Once on stage,
give the name card to the announcer, who will read your name as you
are congratulated and your photograph is taken.
- Photographs »
Professional photography will be provided at
all commencement ceremonies. You will be photographed as you shake the
hand of your respective Dean. Picture proofs are emailed within a few days after the ceremony to the email address on the Name Card.
Please direct orders and questions to: GradTrak/Chappell Studio, Inc., 800-424-3686.
- You can preregister on their site and receive $5 off any order of $25 or more. Click here to preregister!
- To honor your fellow graduates... »
- ...their families and invited guests on
this important day, your respectful decorum is appreciated. Coolers, bottles
and alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.
this University policy is greatly appreciated. Balloons, smoking, pets
and other animals (except trained assistance dogs) are not permitted at the
Bren Events Center.
After the Ceremony
- Diplomas »
Diplomas will be available three to four months after you complete
degree requirements. Please
make sure your permanent address remains
up to date after you graduate by logging into StudentAccess. You
will be notified via postcard when diplomas can be picked-up at the Registrar’s
Office. Arrangements may also be made with the Registrar’s Office
to receive your diploma by mail. Diploma frames and other display options
are available through the UCI
contact the Office of the Registrar for all further questions regarding transcripts
and other records information.
- Photo Proofs »
Photo proofs will be mailed to the address on
the name card within one week after the ceremony. Photographs may be
ordered directly from the photographer, Chappell Graduation Images, either by mail, phone or through
their website: www.gradimages.com.
All questions regarding the photography of graduates as they cross the
stage should be directed to Chappell Studio Inc., at
You may pre-register your email and up to 6 email addresses of friends and family who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. Photo samples will be quickly and conveniently provided to you and all others registered as soon as they are available after your commencement ceremony. Click here to pre-register.
- Email Accounts »
- Network & Academic Computing Services will terminate access to student
email accounts within three months of the commencement ceremonies. All
email and address books left on the server will be deleted. Incoming
email will not be forwarded. The UCI Alumni Association offers mail forwarding
services. see “Staying in Touch” below.
- Staying in Touch »
- The UCI Alumni Association
looks forward to your participation in UCI’s alumni family and
continuing your connection with UCI. Members can enjoy free permanent alumni email address forwarding, career
services and discount programs. Your support also benefits student
scholarships and fellowships. Please call (949) 824-2586 to find out
about all of the benefits of membership.