Commencement at College Ten

The College Ten
Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 14th, at 3:30pm in the Quarry Amphitheater.


For the latest updates, please visit the Campus Commencement page.



Commencement Registration

Registration for the College Ten Commencement Ceremony will open today, March 13th, at noon. On-Time Registration will close on May 4th, 2020. 


Click Here to Register.


Eligibility for Commencement: College Nine students who have earned 150 units at the end of the Winter 2020 term and plan to complete all coursework and requirements and graduate by the end of Fall 2020 are eligible to participate in our June 2020 ceremony.  

Students who do not meet this criteria and feel that there are extenuating circumstances that would merit an exception to the eligibility criteria to walk in the ceremony, may appeal to the provost.  Appeals to walk in the ceremony are due no later than April 24, 2020.  An appeal should include a written justification letter, a plan signed by your major adviser explaining how you will complete your major requirements, and any supporting documentation, if applicable.  Appeals may be submitted to no later than April 24, 2020.   Appeals will be reviewed by the College Nine provost.  Please consult a College Nine Adviser if you have any questions about the appeal process. 


A limited number of non-affiliates will be able to participate in the College Ten ceremony. Provisional registrations can be made through the standard registration form. Ten spaces will be set aside initially for non-affiliates. All other provisional registrants will be added to a waitlist. Provisional registrations made by College Nine students will be approved when spaces in the College Ten ceremony are made available by College Ten students leaving for the College Nine ceremony. All other provisional registrations on the waitlist will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis after the non-affiliate registration deadline on April 24th. There will be a $50 fee charged to all approved non-affiliate registrations.

Rejected provisional registrations will revert back to registration for the student’s home college. 


Applying for Graduation from the University

Please be advised that applying for official graduation is a separate process that occurs through your student portal.  Students should verify their degree completion requirements by doing the following:
  • Check in with your major adviser to make sure you have fulfilled your major requirements
  • Check your Academic Advisement Report in your MyUCSC Student Portal
  • Verify that you have satisfied (or will satisfy) the following:
    • All University Requirements (including American History and Institutions).
    • All General Education Requirements.
    • The College Nine Core Course Requirement (this is waived for transfer students).
    • Completion of at least 179.5 credits.
    • No more than 25% of your UCSC credits taken for Pass/No Pass.
    • Minimum 2.0 UC GPA (cumulative).
    • 35 of the last 45 credits taken at UCSC.

Please view the General Catalog for more information on degree requirements. We encourage you to meet with a College Nine Adviser if you have questions about your requirements or eligibility. Please refer to our Advising Hours Calendar for drop-in hours. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 831-459-5034 or visiting Slug Success

More information can be found here.


Tickets for Commencement

Due to a maximum seating capacity at the commencement venues and overall limitations in parking availability, transit and time duration between each event, we will be utilizing ticketing for each of the ceremonies. Each eligible grad that registers on time will be given a total of six (6) guest tickets and two (2) parking permits.  Commencement Tickets will be available to download on May 15th, 2020. Tickets may not be sold. Violations of this policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Office.


Become a student speaker at the College Nine Commencement!

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 Nine community may be considered if they also submit an appeal that demonstrates their connection to our communities. 

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 Nine's intellectual theme of International and Global Perspectives.
  • Your speech may reflect your experiences as a student at College Nine.  For example, some prior student speakers have referred to their participation in College Nine programs, their experiences at the International Living Center, or Education Abroad.  (However, your speech may additionally refer to other UCSC experiences outside of College Nine)
  • 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.

The deadline to email the proposed speeches is Monday, April 20th! Speeches can be emailed to Make sure to put "Colleges Nine & 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. Finalists will be informed by Friday, April 24th.  Finalists will be invited to audition on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 29th. 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. 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.


Grad Fair Week, Regalia, and Rings

Students can now purchase their regalia online at Regalia is available in the Bay Tree Bookstore beginning April 1st. From now until April 17th the cost for regalia is $49.99. Starting April 18th the cost, for both online and in-store purchases, will increase to $69.99. The LAST day to order regalia is May 26th. The LAST day for in-store pick-up is May 29th

Grad Fair Week

Grad Fair Week will begin April 14th, 2020 and continue until April 17th, 2020. The fair will be open each day, from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Vendors will be available each day from 9am to 4pm. During Grad Fair Week students will have the opportunity to speak with the regalia representatives and vendors, as well as receive Grad Fair Early Bird Specials on regalia packages.

Graduation Announcements

Students have the option to order personalized graduation announcements on-line or in person at the Bay Tree Bookstore beginning April 14. CB Announcements will be in the Bay Tree Bookstore, April 14-17, 9am to 4pm 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

A professional photographer will be available during Grad Fair week starting Tuesday, April 14 through Friday, April 17, 9am– 4pm.


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 Everett Program courses (SOCY 30A, 107A, andn107B), 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.  

For any questions, please email  

The application deadline for Spring Quarter 2020 is April 24th, 2020.

Download the College Ten Distinction Application here.


Leadership Certificate

Are you someone who has been active in programs and leadership positions that relate to our college theme of Social Justice and Community? If so, consider applying for the Social Justice and Community Leadership Certificate. The Social Justice and Leadership Certificate requires self-nomination, and forms are available online HERE, click on the "Leadership Journal" tab. Apply for the certificate by Friday, May 1st, 2020.

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