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 17th, 2018 at 2:00pm in the Quarry Amphitheater 

Graduate check-in time and location is still being finalized, but will likely be at 12:30pm in the Quarry Plaza.
The Quarry Amphitheater is currently scheduled to open for guest seating at 1:00pm.

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Check here to catch up on all the Commencement News we've emailed to prospective grads!

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


    At UCSC Graduation is the act of conferring an academic degree - receiving 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 Thursday, February 15 and Friday, May 4 by following the link below.


  • Here is all the information you'll 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 without paying late fees is April 27th. If you plan to graduate in Summer 2018, the application period runs through August 3rd. The graduation application dates for Fall Quarter 2018 have not yet been determined.



    And you can Register for the College Ten Commencement Ceremony! 

    You must meet two conditions in order to be eligible for participation in the College Ten Commencement Ceremony.

    1. You must have completed at least 150 credits by the end of Winter Quarter 2018.
    2. You must complete all requirements & coursework and graduate by the end of Fall Quarter 2018.

    Students who do not meet the criteria to walk should consult a College Ten adviser before April 27th 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.


    If you are eligible to participate, you can register for the College Nine Commencement Ceremony via our online form - CLICK HERE.


    The deadline to apply is May 4th, 2018.

    Please note: Individuals who register late, after the May 4th deadline, MAY NOT be included in the printed Commencement program. Individuals who register late after May 20th CANNOT be included in the printed program and can only be listed in an addendum. Individuals who register late after June 3rd CANNOT be included in the printed program or it's addendum.

    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 4th.


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

    College Nine students can participate in the College Ten Commencement Ceremony without paying any fees. You can register via the link above, simply indicate that you are affiliated with College Nine when asked your affiliation.

    If you are not a College Nine or a College Ten student, you can still participate in the College Ten Commencement Ceremony, however you will need to pay a $50 non-affiliate fee. You can provisionally register via the link above, simply indicate your college affiliation when asked. Your registration will be provisional until we have received payment of your non-affiliate fee.

    The deadline to provisionally register as a non-affiliate is Friday, April 27th. 

    The deadline to complete your non-affiliate registration and pay the $50 fee is Friday, May 4th. We only accept checks made payable to the UC Regents. For more information, contact the Assistant CPC, Tim Barbour (

    If we do not receive your payment by the deadline, your provisional registration will be canceled and you will not be able to participate in the College Ten Commencement Ceremony.


    Note: Changing college affiliation is not a viable way to avoid the non-affiliate fee. Seniors must be affiliated with their college for at least their final two quarters leading to graduation. You can find more information by clicking here.



  • Get Involved in Your Commencement!



    Become a student speaker at Commencment!


    Would you like to be a student speaker at your commencement ceremony?  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 Ten community may be considered if they also submit an appeal that demonstrates their connection to our communities. Students interested can email proposed speeches to Eva Long ( by April 13. Make sure to put "College Ten Student Commencement Speech" as the subject for your email, and include your name, email address, and college affiliation in the body of the email.

    The general criteria for the speeches are:

    • 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, their experiences in 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.

    Finalists will be invited to deliver their speeches to Provost Flora Lu and a selection committee composed of students from the Senior Committee and staff on April 19th. The senior committee and staff will advise the provost, who will ultimately 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.



    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 Justic and Community Leadership Certificate. The Social Justic and Community Leadership Certificate requires self-nomination, 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 4, 2018. (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 the Coco at, or talk to any College Ten staff member you have worked closely with.

    Participate in the Multilingual Welcome!


    The College Ten Commencement Ceremony begins with the traditional Multilingual Welcome: a greeting from members of the Class of 2018 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 15th. See below for details.



    Get recognized for College Ten Distinction!


    One of the goals of College Ten is to recognize and to encourage various ways in which a student can achieve distinction in their studies. College Ten strives to recognize students who incorporate the social justice and community theme in their undergraduate career. Students may be recognized with College Ten Distinction upon successful completion of three courses (15 credits) in service learning (for example CLTE 110 Esprit de Corps), internships, field study, Everett Program courses (SOCY 30A, 30B, and/or 30C), or CLTE 191 Teaching Social Justice. A minimum GPA of 3.50 among these three courses (15 credits) prior to your final quarter may qualify for College Ten Distinction. Students are especially encouraged to pursue research opportunities with faculty by doing a social justice and community theme-based senior thesis or a research internship.  

    Questions? Visit College Ten Distinction page.  The deadline to apply for Spring 2018 is April 27.

  • 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 Nine Commencement Program. On your student portal you can limit the University’s ability to release this kind of information. On the May 4th, 2018 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 Nine Commencement Program you’ll need to adjust your settings by following the instructions here:
      • Note: This only allows us to include your name in the Commencement Program. You will not be listed in other public documents related to commencement.

    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 accessible seating is still being prepared. Please check back later.

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

    *Note: To accommodate the scheduling of interpreters, all Sign Language Interpreter requests must be received by Friday, May 4th.

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


    The 2018 Grad Fair will run from April 17 through 20.
    Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm, Vendor hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm

    The Bay Tree Bookstore Graduation Center will run from April 17 through June 1.
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Cap and Gown Rental:(not including tax)
    Bachelor gown, keepsake cap and tassel - $39.99

    Graduation Announcements:
    You have the option to order personalized graduation announcements either on-line or in person at the Bay Tree Bookstore beginning April 17. Personalized announcements are available in quantities of 25, after which additional increments of 5 may be purchased. Delivery will be approximately two weeks from date of order. Visit our website at

    Class Rings:
    You may order your class ring at the Bay Tree Bookstore Graduation Center. Representtives from Balfour and Jostens will be at the Bookstore on advertised dates in April, May and June with special promotional prices.

    Graduation Portraits:
    A professional photographer will be available for group and single photographs during Grad Fair week starting Tuesday, April 17 to Friday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. They will also be here on Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m during distribution week.

    Reserve a Cap & Gown:
    Reservations for caps & gowns can be made either on-line at or in person at the Bay Tree Bookstore beginning April 17. NOTE: Graduate students must order by April 27 to avoid extra shipping & handling fees.

    Cap & Gown Distribution:
    Pick up is on the second floor of the BayTree Bookstore. Distribution closes at 2 p.m on June 17.
    Pick up Dates:

    • June 11-15, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • June 16, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • June 17, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    More detailed information is available on our website at

    Return Gowns:
    Gowns should be returned immediately following your ceremony. Each ceremony location will have designated drop-off stations marked as “Gown Return”. Returns will also be taken at the Bay Tree Bookstore Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Gowns not returned by Sunday must be returned to the Bay Tree Bookstore on Monday, June 18,
    8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Students who do not return regalia will be billed for replacement costs.



    Attend the Commencement Ceremony rehearsal.


    A brief commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, June 15th, 12:45pm to 1:45pm. Meet at the Quarry Plaza. 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!