Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get a mailing from the college regarding commencement?

All commencement information is provided on the college website. Students are advised to check the commencement website periodically to find the most current information as circumstances may change. If you have further questions, please contact Muir College at 858-534-3587.

How soon do I need to fill out my Degree and Diploma Application (DDA) form online?

If you would like your name to appear in the commencement program, the deadline to file your DDA online is May 1, 2017.

Please note that the commencement program will only list names of students who have submitted their DDA for FA16, WI17, SP17, or SU17.

If you will be submitting your FA17 DDA, your name will be included in next year's commencement program. However, you are still invited to participate in the 2017 commencement ceremony.

I filed my DDA online, now what do I have to do? Do I need to sign-up anywhere to participate in the ceremony?

No, you do not have to sign up anywhere to participate in the ceremony. When you rent your cap and gown from the UCSD Bookstore, you will be given a ticket that will admit you to the John Muir College ceremony – and ONLY the Muir College ceremony.

I'm not going to complete all my units by the end of summer quarter. Can I still walk in the ceremony? What if I don’t complete my units until Fall Quarter?

Yes, you may participate in the commencement ceremony. Any student with 135 units by the end of Winter Quarter is eligible to partcipate in the 2017 commencement ceremony.

How do I know if I'm listed in the printed commencement program?

The only way to be placed in the printed commencement program is to have filed your DDA with the Muir College Academic Advising Office. If you file a DDA by May 1, your name will appear in the printed commencement program as it appears on your student record.

I'm not a Muir student but I have friends at Muir and I want to walk with them . What can I do?

If you are not a Muir student, you will NOT be allowed to participate in the Muir ceremony. Each UCSD college requires that graduates participate in their own college ceremony. Only Muir College graduates with the appropriate ticket will be allowed into the graduate area. If you wish to request for a commencement exception, please look here for instructions and considerations.

How many tickets may I get for my family and friends for graduation?

There are NO tickets needed for guests to attend the Muir College Commencement ceremony. However, because seating is limited, we ask that students have no more than 6 seated guests. Seating is first-come, first-served. It is suggested that students inform family and friends to be courteous to those who may need seating.

How do I audition to become the student speaker at commencement?

Auditions occur at the beginning of Spring Quarter. Please check back at future time for audition dates.

What is the All Campus Commencement?

A campuswide commencement featuring an internationally-renowned speaker will be held in tandem with the undergraduate and graduate school ceremonies. We invite all graduates, families and friends to attend both ceremonies to fully experience the pomp and circumstance, and joy and pride, that marks one of the most memorable times in a student’s life. This two-part celebration will include the 90-minute All Campus Commencement during which Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will officially confer degrees by academic division upon graduates gathered as one student body on RIMAC Field. In addition, the six undergraduate colleges, Graduate Division and professional schools will host personalized Graduation Ceremonies for their students, where graduates will be recognized by name as they walk across the stage. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Learn more at commencement.ucsd.edu.

When is the Grad Night at the Price Center Bookstore?

Please visit here for more information about Grad Night. This event, hosted by the Bookstore and the Alumni Association, will be your first opportunity to purchase the Triton Pride pack of commemorative graduation items.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Caps and gowns for undergraduate students will be available at the UCSD Bookstore beginning early June. Please check here for dates, times, and location. The rental fee includes the fee for the commencement ceremony, and only ONE tassel and cap that you can keep. Additional tassels will be available for purchase. All fittings must be done in person.

Graduates who currently live out of town (i.e., are studying abroad, are participating in UCDC, or those who have graduated in previous quarters and have already moved) please contact the Bookstore for advice on how to obtain your cap, gown, and college ceremony ticket.

Where can I purchase announcements and other graduation items?

Please check here for information regarding Grad Night and Grad Fair at the UC San Diego Bookstore.


Personalized announcements can be ordered directly from the vendor by calling 1-800-433-0296 or visiting their website at http://cbgrad.com. Various packages that include thank you notes, envelope seals, return address labels, and an announcement cover are also available.

Open stock announcements (that are NOT personalized) are available at the UCSD Bookstore. The UCSD Bookstore also has other items that you may be interested in acquiring for your graduation, such as UCSD Class Rings, diploma laminating and framing, and thank you and note cards. Items include the UCSD Stole of Gratitude, Honor cords, extra tassels, etc. Visit the UCSD Bookstore's online Graduation Shop for more information.

How do I know if I’m graduating with Latin Honors?

Latin Honors are awarded campus wide by the colleges at graduation to those students who have completed 80 graded units at the University of California. The GPA ranges change each academic year and are based on the top 14% of grade point averages from the previous year's graduates.

Latin Honors will not be announced with your name during the commencement cermony.  However, they will be noted with your name in the commencement program as well as on your diploma.

The criteria for Latin Honors for Fall 2016- Summer 2017 is as follows:

Summa Cum Laude 3.930 - 4.000
Magna Cum Laude 3.830 - 3.929
Cum Laude 3.695 - 3.829

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