Information for Graduates

Year End Celebration Virtual Celebration June 11th Time TBD.

1) Know the Difference Between GRADUATION and the YEAR END Celebration 

AAPIRC's Year End Celebration (YEC) and graduation from UCSC are two separate things.

  • At UCSC, graduation is the act of conferring an academic degree – receiving your degree or diploma.
  • YEC is a ceremony, celebrating AAPI students' achievements and accomplishments during their time at UCSC. Due to COVID-19, this year's celebration will be held via Zoom.

Graduation and the Ceremony have separate online processes and timelines.


Apply to graduate (degree completion and diploma) for the quarter in which you will be finishing your graduation requirements. DO NOT apply to graduate for Spring 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 to announce candidacy. There is more information about how to apply to graduate on the Registrar’s Office website.

Year End Celebration

Open to all graduating seniors who completed their course work Fall 2020, Winter 2021 or will be completing their courses by Spring 2021, Fall 2021. Seniors who will be graduating any time after Fall 2021 will need to wait for the 2022 Year End Celebration. 

2) Register Online for the Year End Ceremony: Deadline PASSED

For any questions contact AA/PIRC at 831-459-5349 or email

3) Order Your Cap & Gown

Order your Caps & Gowns, Announcements and other items at the Bay Tree Bookstore Graduation Center. You may order many items, including your regalia, at the Bookstore website. If you choose to purchase announcements, you are strongly advised to place your order at least five weeks ahead of the commencement ceremony to receive them on time.

Your cap and gown will be made available for pickup at the Baytree Bookstore. Please check bookstore website for detailed times and information.

4) Make Sure You Receive Email Updates 

Emails will be sent regularly after the registration deadline has passed. If you have not received a follow-up email with detailed information on the Year End Ceremony by the end of May, email

5) Year End Celebration

We will be hosting our Year End Celebration on June 11th time TBD, virtually on zoom. Please check back for more updates!


Take a look at the FAQ page for more information. For the latest information or if you have any questions email