Commencement at College Ten

The College Ten 
Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 Commencement will be virtual.

Virtual Commencement


The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be a time for graduates, their friends and families, faculty and staff to gather online to celebrate the graduates. The Virtual Commencement consists of pre-recorded broadcasts, specific to each college, resource center, academic division/department, or celebration. The ceremonies will air at 12 noon Pacific Time on Friday, June 11. 


Slug Crossing


  • Graduates and their guests must complete the COVID-19 symptom screening survey prior to arrival on the day of their scheduled Slug Crossing time. All attendees will be required to show proof of completion. Survey links will be provided to graduates and their guests the week of June 7.
  • In keeping with State and local public health guidelines and University policy aimed at minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, all graduates and guests are required to wear face coverings while on campus, regardless of vaccination status. During Slug Crossing, graduates may remove their masks briefly for official photographs.
  • Graduates and their guests will need to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from people outside their households. To help maintain physical distancing, they must use the designated entrance and separate exit routes.
  • Each graduate will be allowed to have two guests accompany them to campus. Graduates with fewer than two guests cannot transfer their guest invitation(s) to accommodate graduates who wish to have more than two guests.
  • To help minimize risks and reduce crowding and traffic congestion, we ask that only graduates with appointments and their two guests come to the Slug Crossing, at their appointed time. Guests will need to enter and stay with their graduates until prompted to separate for the graduate’s stage crossing moment.
  • Graduates and their guests are allowed 1 vehicle per graduate at the East Remote Parking Lot. Transportation and parking will be impacted beginning Friday morning, June 11, 2021, due to Commencement 2021 ceremonies and move-out activities. 


  • Your Grad Pass (registration ticket) either on your smartphone or a printed copy. 
  • Proof of completion of the COVID-19 symptom screening survey either on your smartphone or a printed copy.
  • Your commencement regalia: cap, gown, and tassel (optional).


Graduates may invite a maximum of two guests to accompany them to Slug Crossing. Guests will be able to cheer on their graduate as they cross the stage. Guests are required to complete a UCSC symptom check prior to and be cleared for campus access. In order to ensure the health and safety of all participants, guests must arrive with their graduate in order to enter the venue. Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks.


UCSC is strongly committed to making all of its programs and services accessible to students, staff and academic employees, and members of the public. If students or guests need accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to include this information in the registration form. 


Graduates and their guests are allowed 1 vehicle per graduate at the East Remote Parking Lot. Transportation and parking will be impacted beginning Friday morning, June 11, 2021, due to Commencement 2021 ceremonies and move-out activities. Please plan to arrive together at East Field at your scheduled Slug Crossing time. Keep in mind that traffic will be heavy leaving campus after the ceremonies as well. Please follow all event signage and directions of traffic management staff for access to the best available parking or drop off locations. 

For additional commencement transportation and parking information, please visit Transportation & Parking Services


Graduates and their guests should plan to arrive together at the East Field at their scheduled Slug Crossing time. Upon check-in, all attendees will provide proof of completion of the COVID-19 symptom tracker. Graduates will show proof of registration and will proceed into the venue to wait for their stage crossing moment. Graduates will cross the stage and have two staged pictures and one candid picture taken with our professional photographers. Guests will be able to watch and cheer on their graduate as they cross the stage. Before exiting, graduates and guests will take one picture together with our professional photographer. Graduates and their guests must return to their vehicle immediately after exiting the venue in order to make sure that we have enough space in the parking lot for all participants.

For additional information, please visit our FAQs. 

Weather on the UC Santa Cruz campus can change dramatically in a very brief span of time. A chilly, foggy morning may quickly change to a hot, sun-filled day. While rain is unlikely in June, there have been commencements that have experienced unexpected rain — so check on weather predictions and dress accordingly. 

Most importantly, flat, comfortable shoes, rather than heels, are recommended due to the soft lawns upon which the event is held and the terrain of campus. As a note: there are no bathrooms in the East Field or East Remote Parking Lot, so please plan your travel accordingly. 


ADA Service animals are the only animals visitors may bring to campus. Pets are not allowed on campus grounds nor can they remain in vehicles. 

Drones are not permitted during commencement ceremonies.

No Smoking
All UC campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e‑cigarettes, and other nicotine products are strictly prohibited. This policy will be strictly enforced.

No Confetti, No Noise-makers, No balloons
Confetti, loud noise-makers, balloons and other items that produce litter or disruptive noise are not permitted.



All students who request for a Class 2021 Gift Box by April 15 will have a graduate gift box mailed to their preferred address. Packages can be expected to arrive between May 17 and June 4. Contents include a diploma cover, stole of gratitude, sluggage tag, and a slug sticker. Request a Class 2021 Gift Box.


You can order your cap, gown, and tassel through Herff Jones, along with announcements, diploma frames, and more. Place your order before Monday, May 17 to ensure delivery by commencement.


Commencement is different from graduation. Commencement is the celebration that graduation has, or will soon occur. Graduation is the official acknowledgement that a student’s course of study is complete and, with that, a degree conferred. To apply to graduate for the bachelor’s degree, you must file to apply by the deadline stated in the Academic and Administrative Calendar. For more information regarding graduation, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Graduate students, please visit the Division of Graduate Students for more information regarding graduation.  

Academic Distinction


“Academic Distinction” is unique from other college awards, in that all qualifying work is based on research experiences and academic courses taken for credit towards a UCSC undergraduate degree.

This award comes with special recognition at commencement, a certificate of achievement signed by the College Ten Provost, and can be used on future resumes and graduate school applications. 

Directions: Self-nomination is required. To submit a nomination for yourself please either fill out this survey or make a copy of this document (File > Make a copy), and fill it out. To submit, click submit on your survey or share your document, or download it as a pdf, and send it to the College Ten Advisors ( The deadlines to apply for distinction are also the deadlines to apply for graduation.

For Eligibility Criteria Click Here.