Commencement at College Ten

Each college has a separate commencement ceremony; this page contains information specifically for the College Ten Commencement Ceremony.

The College Ten Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at 1:30pm on the West Field.

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Graduate check will be at 12pm at the Learning Center at Oakes College.
The West Field will open for guest seating at 12:30pm.

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Check here to catch up on all the Commencement Info the Activities Office has emailed to prospective grads!

    Graduation and the College Ten Commencement Ceremony are two separate things. They have separate online processes and timelines.

  • Graduation

    At UCSC Graduation is the act of conferring an academic degree - recieving your degree or diploma. You apply to graduate the quarter you'll be finishing your graduation requirements. DO NOT apply to graduate in Spring Quarter if you will be finishing your final graduation requirements in a subsequent quarter. To apply to graduate, you must submit an application via your Student Portal by the posted deadlines for announcing candidacy. There is more information about how to apply to graduate on the Registrar's Office graduation website.


    Commencement is a ceremony where you walk across the stage, symbolizing the end of your undergraduate career. You can register to walk in the College Ten Commencement Ceremony between Wednesday, February 1 and Friday, May 5 by following the link below.

  • Here is all the information you'll need and everything you need to do to successfully navigate your way through Commencement at College Ten!

  • First, check your degree completion requirements for Graduation.

    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 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.

    Now you can Apply to Graduate.

    Apply for graduation online through your student portal. For detailed instructions, visit this website. The deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Quarter is April 28th. If you plan to graduate in Summer 2017, the application period is April 3rd through August 4th. The graduation application dates for Fall Quarter 2017 have not yet been determined.

    And you can Register for the College Ten Commencement Ceremony by Friday, May 5th.

    If you are a College Ten student, you can click here to register for the College Ten Commencement Ceremony. The deadline is Friday, May 5th.

    To be eligible to participate in the College Nine Commencement Ceremony, you must have at least 150 credits completed by the end of Winter Quarter 2017

    Students who do not meet the criteria to walk should consult a College Ten adviser before April 28th at You can find out more by visiting the Advising Office's Commencement Information page. All students who register for the College Ten Commencement Ceremony will have their records reviewed for eligibility. Ineligible students will be notified in May.

    Special Accommodations

    If you will need an American Sign Language interpreter or wheelchair access at the ceremony, please indicate so on the commencement registration form above. You can also request accommodations for your guests. Note: To accommodate the scheduling of interpreters all ASL requests must be submitted by Friday, May 5th.

    "But wait, I'm not a College Ten Student, can I still participate?"

    College Nine students may participate in the College Ten Commencement Ceremony by simply registering through the College Ten link above.

    If you are not a College Nine or a College Ten student, but are interested in participating in the College Ten Commencement Ceremony, you can provisionally register here. In order to complete your registration you must come to the Colleges Nine and Ten Programs & Activities Office and pay the $50 non-affiliate fee. We only accept checks, made payable to the UC Regents. For more information, contact the Assistant CPC, Tim Barbour (

    The non-affiliate registration deadline is Friday, April 28th. Payment of the non-affiliate fee must be received by Wednesday, May 3th at 4pm.

  • Get Involved in Your Commencement!

  • Join the College Ten Senior Committee!

    We are looking for folks to join the College Ten Senior Committee. If you are interested in being involved in planning your Commencement Ceremony and other senior events, contact Assistant CPC Tim Barbour at to express your interest. The deadline to join the Senior Committee is Wednesday, February 8th.
    Note: the College Ten Senior Committee is capped at 10 people.

    Get recognized for your leadership and involvement at College Ten!

    If you have been active in programs and leadership positions that relate to our college theme of Social Justice and Community, consider applying for the Social Justice and Community Leadership Certificate. The Social Justice and Community Leadership Certificate requires self-nomination, and forms are available and forms are available online at, click on the "Leadership Journal." The form lists sample qualifying activities and includes space for you to record your leadership involvement over the years you have been at the college.

    Apply for the certificate by Friday, May 5, 2017. (Late applications may be accepted, but earlier is better.  Certificates awarded to late applicants may not appear in the Graduation Booklet.)

    For more information, contact Wendy Baxter at, or talk to any College Ten staff member you have worked closely with.

    Be a student speaker at the Commencement Ceremony!

    If you are interested in becoming a student speaker at the College Ten Commencement Ceremony, submit your proposed speech to Lori Schachle by April 19th.

    When drafting your speech, consider the following criteria:


    Your speech should be no longer than five minutes (between 750-1000 words).


    Your speech should reflect College Ten's intellectual theme of Social Justice and Community.


    Your speech may reflect your experiences as a student at College Ten.  For example, some prior student speakers have referred to their participation in College Ten programs, Service Learning, or Education Abroad.  (However, your speech may additionally refer to other UCSC experiences outside of College Ten.)


    The speech should not sound too self-focused.  Please frame your experiences so that other students can relate to them.


    The speeches will be evaluated based on content and writing quality.

    Provost Flora Lu will screen the applications.  Finalists will be invited to deliver their speeches to the provost and a selection committee composed of students and staff on April 24th. The committee will advise the provost, who will make the final decision. Once the speaker is selected, that student will be required to give the speech that was delivered to the committee (after minor edits and guidance from the provost and staff). Major last-minute changes will not be acceptable, as this causes undue burden and stress for the student speaker and for the commencement organizers.

    In order to be considered, applicants must be affiliated with either College Nine or College Ten. Non-affiliates who have been heavily involved in the College Nine and College Ten communities may be considered if they also submit an appeal that demonstrates their connection to our communities.

    Selected student speakers are required to attend the Commencement Rehearsal on June 12th. See below for details.

    Participate in the Multilingual Welcome!

    The College Ten Commencement Ceremony begins with the traditional Multilingual Welcome: a greeting from members of the Class of 2017 in some of the many languages of our graduates and their families. You can request to participate in the Multilingual Welcome on the Commencement Registration page (see above). One student will be selected for each language. If more than one student requests a specific language, priority will be given to the student whose request came in first. You will be contacted in May about your participation in the Multilingual Welcome.

    Participants in the Multilingual Welcome are required to attend the Commencement Rehearsal on June 16th. See below for details.


    Get recognized for College Ten Distinction!


    College Ten encourages students to achieve distinction in their studies by incorporating our themes of social justice and community in their undergraduate career. Students may be recognized with College Ten Distinction upon successful completion of three courses (15 units) in service learning internship, field study, or College Ten student teaching. A minimum 3.5 GPA among these 15 units of course work are required. Students are especially encouraged to pursue research opportunities with faculty by doing a college theme-based senior thesis or a research internship. Applications may be found on the College Ten Distinction page.  The deadline to apply for Spring 2017 is April 28

  • Don't forget to take care of these important steps!

  • Check your Public Information Status.

    This is very important. Please read carefully.
    Your name and major are among the public information that the University can disclose in publications like the College Ten Commencement Program. On your student portal you can limit the University’s ability to release this kind of information. On the May 5th, 2017 registration deadline we will check with the University to determine your public information status.

    • If your public information is NOT RESTRICTED we can include your name in the commencement program and other public commencement related documents.
    • If your public information is RESTRICTED we cannot legally include your name in the commencement program or other public commencement related documents.
    • If you would like to maintain a RESTRICTED public information status but you would like to have your name included in the College Ten Commencement Program you’ll need to adjust your settings by following the instructions here:

    Request special accommodations for your guests.

    If your guests will need an Sign Language interpreter* or wheelchair access, please indicate so when you register for commencement at the link above. A diagram of the wheelchair accessable seating can be found here.

    A limited number of large print programs will be available at the Information Table on the day of the ceremony.

    *Note: To accomodate the scheduling of interpreters, all Sign Language Interpreter requests must be received by Friday, May 5th.

    Order your Cap & Gown, and more from the Bay Tree Bookstore.

    The 2017 Grad Fair will run from April 18 through 21.
    Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm, Vendor hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm

    The Bay Tree Bookstore Graduation Center will run from April 18 through June 2nd.
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Cap and Gown Rental:(not including tax)
    Bachelor gown, keepsake cap and tassel - $39.99
    Master gown, hood, cap and tassel - $49.99
    Ph.D. gown, hood, cap and tassel - $52.99

    Graduation Announcements:
    Students have the option to order personalized graduation announcements on-line ( or in-person at the Bay Tree Bookstore beginning April 18. CB Announcements will be in house April 18-21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to answer any questions. Personalized announcements are available in quantities of 25, after which additional increments of 5 may be purchased.

    Class Rings:
    Students may order UCSC class rings at the Bay Tree Bookstore. Representatives from Jostens and Balfour will be at the store on advertised dates in April, May and June with special promotional prices.

    Graduation Portraits and Photographs:
    Students have two options for graduate photographs. April 18-21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    individual portraits in several packages will be available for inclusion in your announcement mailings.
    June 12-16 , 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. group and individual photos and packages will be available during cap and gown distribution.

    Cap & Gown Distribution:
    Distribution will take place on the second floor of the Bay Tree Bookstore, June 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 17, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and June 18, 8:00–2:00 p.m. Note: Gowns and hoods should be returned immediately following each ceremony. Gown return locations will be available at each graduation and at the bookstore. Any gowns or hoods not returned by Sunday must be returned to the Bay Tree Bookstore on Monday, June 19, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Students who do not return regalia will be billed for replacement costs.

    Commencement Photos

    UC Santa Cruz has contracted with GradImages™ to professionally photograph our ceremony. If you would like to receive proofs of these photos, you can choose to provide your contact information to GradImages™ by filling out the appropriate section of the commencement registration form. Proofs are sent by GradImages™ approximately one week after the ceremony, and there is no obligation to buy.

    GradImages™ offers a discount of $5 off orders of $25 or more for grads who pre-register at their website. To pre-register and receive the discount, visit Pre-registration with GradImages™ is not required to receive proofs if you've filled out the appropriate section of the commencement registration form.

    Attend the Commencement Ceremony rehearsal.

    A brief commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, June 16th, 11am to Noon. Meet at the Lawn near the Learning Center at Oakes College. We will walk through the ceremony procedures and answer any last minute questions. All those participating in the ceremony are expected to attend the rehearsal.

    Stay Connected.

    When you graduate, you are joining a group of over 100,000 Banana Slug Alumni, and over half of these alums have graduated in the past 15 years. This is a powerful Network, and now as a part of our 50th celebration, all benefits and services through the Alumni Network are completely free. To access these services, just update your post UC Santa Cruz contact information, including your email and city, to receive information about regional alumni events, networking opportunities, services, and discounts for alumni. Update your contact information here, and explore to learn more about our alumni programs and services.

Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you in June!