Overview

The information included in this page is intended to serve as an overview of the information students in the Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program should consider as they prepare to graduate. Students are encouraged to contact the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program to review their degree progress and address any questions/concerns regarding their eligibility to graduate and participate in the commencement ceremonies 

You can access the UCLA Commencement website here.

You can download a pdf copy of the Public Affairs Guide to Graduation here.

Graduation and Commencement: What’s the difference?

While most students use the terms “graduation” and “commencement” interchangeably, the terms have very different definitions. “Graduating” refers to the act of completing all degree requirements. The quarter you complete all degree requirements is called degree candidacy term or degree expected term. “Commencement” refers to the ceremonies reserved for students who are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremonies during that academic year. For example, if you are completing all degree requirements in Summer 2022, you are graduating September 2022 and participating in the June 2022 commencement ceremonies. 

Commencement ceremonies are optional and attendance is not required in order to obtain your diploma. Because departments and student organizations host ceremonies for their respective student populations, a UCLA undergraduate student can participate in several ceremonies during commencement weekend.  

Graduation Checklist
Commencement Checklist
After Final Quarter Checklist

Graduation Checklist

Your degree candidacy term (or, degree expected term) refers to the quarter you plan to complete all degree requirements. You can view your degree candidacy term on your Degree Audit Report (DARS) in the top left section of the DARS header. If you have not declared your degree candidacy, you will see a blank entry in DARS. You may declare or correct your degree candidacy term on MyUCLA > Academics > “Declare Candidacy Term.” 

DEADLINE TO DECLARE 

In order to graduate you must declare your degree candidacy term on MyUCLA through Friday of week 2 of the quarter you are completing all degree requirements. After Friday of week 2, you must submit a Declaration of Degree Candidacy Form to the School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Office via MyUCLA Message CenterBe aware that late changes may jeopardize your access to commencement processes. 

FEES 

There are no fees for declaring your degree candidacy term prior to completing 160 units (refer to the “Minimum 180 Units” module on DARS). There is a $15 fee for declaring/changing your degree candidacy after you complete 160 units and no later than Friday of Week 2 of the quarter you are graduating. There is a $35 fee for declaring/changing your degree candidacy term after Friday of Week 2 of the quarter you are graduating.  

The fees for declaring your degree candidacy term have been waived for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Students who are interested in participating in the Luskin and UCLA Commencement ceremonies must review and confirm their privacy restrictions on their official UCLA record. You can review and confirm your privacy restrictions via MyUCLA > Settings > Privacy Options.   

Be advised that your name cannot be included in the Luskin Commencement bulletin if you choose “Selected” for the FERPA Restriction Status, or choose “Do Not Release” for the All Public Information Privacy Option.

Having a directory or FERPA restriction may also restrict UCLA from providing degree confirmation to future employers and/or graduate/professional programs. If you have a FERPA restriction and would like to change it, you must contact the UCLA Registrar’s Office 

The deadline to update your privacy restrictions for the 2022 Luskin Commencement ceremony is May 13, 2022.  Please note that this deadline is intended for commencement purposes only. You can update your privacy restrictions at any time.  

Beginning week 4 of your degree candidacy term, confirm the spelling of your name as it should appear on your diploma, by submitting your diploma request on MyUCLA > Academics > Diploma Request. This feature allows you to edit your name and to add special accents and punctuation.  

Every year, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs publishes the Luskin Commencement bulletin, which lists the names of all degree candidates for the Luskin graduate and undergraduate programs. Unless a student has a directory or FERPA restriction, their name will automatically be included in the Luskin Commencement bulletin.

To ensure their preferred name is published in the Luskin Commencement bulletin, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Review and confirm your privacy restrictions on your official UCLA record by going to MyUCLA > Settings > Privacy Options. Be advised that your name cannot be included in the Luskin Commencement bulletin if you choose “Selected” for the FERPA Restriction Status, and/or choose “Do Not Release” for the All Public Information Privacy Option.
  2. Submit the Preferred Name for the Public Affairs Commencement Ceremony form (linked here) by April 22, 2022.

The Preferred Name form linked above must be submitted by all B.A. in Public Affairs degree candidates. If students do not submit the Preferred Name form and do not have a directory or FERPA restriction, Luskin will publish the student’s legal name in the Commencement bulletin.

Public Affairs majors are encouraged to schedule regular appointments with a Public Affairs academic counselor to discuss their progress and outline a strategic degree plan that accounts for their degree requirements as well as their career and graduate/professional school plans. To schedule an appointment with a Public Affairs academic counselor, submit your appointment request via MyUCLA Message Center.

If you are a graduating senior, you are encouraged to schedule a degree check appointment with a Public Affairs academic counselor to ensure you are on track to complete all degree requirements by your intended degree candidacy term. If you are pursuing a minor or double/triple major, you should also meet with your major/minor department counselor to confirm that your completed and in progress coursework will satisfy your remaining major/minor requirements. 

Students pursuing the B.A. in Public Affairs are eligible to graduate with up to three honors designations: Latin Honors, Departmental Honors, and College Honors. Read the information below to learn more about each honors designation.

LATIN HONORS 

To be eligible to graduate with Latin Honors, students must complete at least 90 graded UC units (not P/NP) and meet the Latin Honors GPA benchmarks. Transfer students must complete at least 76 graded UC units (not P/NP) and meet the Latin Honors GPA benchmarks to be eligible to graduate with Latin Honors. The Latin Honors GPA benchmarks are listed in your DARS (“Latin Honors” module) and on the Registrar’s Office website. The official Latin Honors designation on your diploma is based on your final grades at the time of degree completion.

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS 

Students who successfully complete the Public Affairs Departmental Honors program and who are nominated by the Public Affairs Faculty Advisory Committee, will receive Departmental Honors on their transcript and diploma.

COLLEGE HONORS 

Public Affairs majors who complete the College Honors Program requirements are eligible to graduate with College Honors. If you are completing the College Honors Program requirements, you must submit the College Honors Candidacy Form to the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program by the following deadlines: 

  • Fall graduates: by Friday of Week 1 of fall quarter 
  • Winter graduates: by Friday of Week 1 of winter quarter 
  • Spring and Summer graduates: by Friday of Week 1 of spring quarter 

You can access and submit the College Honors Candidacy Form for Public Affairs Majors here. Please allow 5-10 business days for processing. Upon receipt, a Public Affairs academic counselor will review your request and complete a degree check, after which, the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program will submit the form on your behalf to the Honors Programs office. DO NOT submit your College Honors Candidacy Form directly to the Honors Programs office as this will delay the review and processing of your form. 

For 2021-2022 degree candidates, the deadline to submit the College Honors Candidacy Form to the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program is March 24, 2022.  

Students who are pursuing the Luskin Leadership Development Certificate of Completion must complete all workshop requirements before May 20, 2022. Student who successfully satisfy all requirements will be notified by late May 2022 (exact date to be announced).

If you are an F-1 visa student and are interested in engaging in employment in the U.S. directly related to your field of study after you complete your degree, please contact the Dashew Center to discuss your eligibility to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). If you are eligible to apply for OPT, please schedule an appointment with a Luskin academic counselor to complete a degree check and have your OPT Degree Verification Form signed. 

Are you planning to graduate this year? Attend a Luskin Undergraduate Graduation Workshop to learn about graduation requirements and logistics, prepare for commencement, and access resources for graduating students. You will learn everything you need to know about receiving your degree, ordering your diploma, and what you should keep in mind as you complete your final quarter at UCLA.

To help students prepare for commencement and graduation, the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program hosts the Public Affairs Graduation Workshop during Spring 2022 on the following dates via Zoom:

  • Friday, April 8, 2022 at 10:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 1pm-2:30pm
  • Monday, April 18, 2022 at 2pm-3:30pm

Register here to receive the workshop Zoom link.

Please note that the Spring 2022 workshop is open only to students who are graduating Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022.

If you’re unable to attend the workshop schedule an appointment with a Luskin undergraduate academic counselor.

Commencement Checklist

UCLA commencement ceremonies are held in June during finals week of spring quarter. Commencement ceremonies are optional and attendance is not required to obtain your diploma. Students pursuing the B.A. in Public Affairs are invited to participate in the Luskin Commencement ceremony.

Because departments and student organizations host ceremonies for their respective student populations, a UCLA undergraduate student pursuing the B.A. in Public Affairs can participate in several ceremonies during commencement weekend. Students who are completing a double/triple major may be able to participate in additional departmental and student celebrations. You can view more information about departmental ceremonies at www.commencement.ucla.edu.

To participate in commencement ceremonies, students are required to complete the ticket ordering process for each ceremony. Information about ticket ordering, including dates/deadlines, number of tickets, and process for ordering tickets, typically becomes available in early spring quarter.

The Public Affairs Undergraduate Program will notify students when ticket ordering information for the Luskin Commencement ceremony becomes available.

Questions about the Luskin Commencement ceremony should be submitted to the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program via MyUCLA Message Center. Questions about commencement ceremonies hosted by other departments and campus programs should be directed to the respective department or campus program.

Overview

The 2022 UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Commencement ceremony is schedule on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 3:00pm-5:00pm (PDT) at the UCLA Kerckhoff Hall Patio. To participate in the Luskin Commencement ceremony students and guests must present a valid guest ticket.

  • Date: Friday, June 10, 2022
  • Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm (PDT)
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours
  • Location: UCLA Kerckhoff Hall Patio (see campus map here)
  • Live Stream: Watch the live stream here

Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for the Luskin undergraduate commencement ceremony is Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. You can learn more about Nancy Pelosi here.

Commencement Programs

Click the links below to view and download the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs 2022 Commencement program and the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program 2022 Awards program.

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

Below is a overview of the commencement ceremony schedule.

  • 1:45 p.m. B.A. Candidates meet in front of Kerckhoff Hall
  • 2:00 p.m. Class Photos
  • 3:00 p.m. Processional
  • 4:30 p.m. Reception in Kerckhoff Patio

Guest Check-in

All guests must present a valid guest ticket to enter the commencement venue. Graduating students are responsible for distributing tickets to their guests.

Please be advised that all bags may be subject to search. Guests should plan to arrive at least an hour in advance of the ceremony to allow ample time for check-in and health and bag checks. Use of clear bags may expedite entrance to the venue. Large balloon displays, noisemakers, and confetti poppers will be confiscated. Luskin will be enforcing UCLA COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Accessibility

All UCLA commencement venues are accessible. Please click here for more accessibility details.

Overview

There will be a sign language interpreter at the Luskin Commencement ceremony.

Accommodations will be made for students with disabilities to participate in the celebration experience. There will be accessible routes at all commencement venues. As part of the student registration process (including registering with the UCLA Center for Accessible Education), accommodations will be made if an attendant or support animal is needed. If an attendant is needed, the attendant must adhere to the commencement ceremony protocols.

Please notify Public Affairs Undergraduate Program and events@luskin.ucla.edu if accommodations are needed.

Accessible Seating

Guests who need accessible seating should inform event staff at the time of check-in. Signers will be available to interpret the ceremony for those who are hearing impaired. They will be stationed on the “audience right” (as you face the stage.) Guests who would like an interpreter will be directed to sit toward the front on the right-hand side of the audience (as you face the stage).

Accessible Parking

All UCLA parking structures have accessible parking. For questions about parking accessibility, contact the UCLA Transportation Office at Transportation@ts.ucla.edu or call (310) 794-7433.

Portola Plaza Road, the street that goes from Powell and leads to Kerckhoff and Ackerman will be closed at 1pm.  No vehicles will be allowed down that road from 1pm-5pm.  Personal vehicles will be towed.  Security will not permit access to Kerckhoff from that side (south) of the building.  Please enter through the art gallery or through the patio. If you need elevator access, Ackerman Union offers elevator access to Kerckhoff Hall (exit on level 2). You will not be able to access Kerckhoff Patio from level 3 of Ackerman Union.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in the commencement venues. Pets are not allowed inside the commencement venue.

You are automatically eligible to participate in the 2022 Commencement ceremonies if you: 

  • Have graduated Fall 2021 or Winter 2022, or
  • Have completed 148 units by the end of Winter 2022 and are declared to graduate Spring 2022 or Summer 2022. 

Fall 2022 degree candidates are NOT automatically included in the June 2022 commencement ceremonies. If you would like to participate in the June 2022 commencement ceremonies you must submit a Special Inclusion Petition.

Students who do not meet the commencement eligibility criteria for this year’s commencement ceremonies must submit a Special Inclusion Petition to participate in the Commencement ceremonies.  For example, a Fall 2022 candidate who want to participate in the June 2022 commencement ceremonies must submit a Special Inclusion Petition. If a Fall 2022 candidate does not submit a Special Inclusion Petition for the 2022 commencement ceremonies, they will automatically be included in the 2023 commencement ceremonies. 

Students who do not meet the commencement eligibility criteria (linked here) for the 2022 commencement ceremonies and who would like to participate in the 2022 commencement ceremonies, must submit a Special Inclusion Petition by April 15, 2022.  

Note: Summer 2022 candidates are not required to submit a Special Inclusion Petition. 

Graduating seniors are invited to participate in several surveys to share information about their experience at UCLA, their experience in the public affairs major, and their post-baccalaureate plans. Only the Luskin Senior Exit Survey is required in order access ticket ordering for the Luskin Commencement ceremony.

Luskin Senior Exit Survey

Graduating students are invited to complete the Luskin Senior Exit Survey (linked here) to share their feedback about their experience in the Public Affairs major. To gain access to the Luskin Commencement ticket ordering process, Public Affairs majors must opt-in or opt-out of completing the Luskin Senior Survey (linked here) by Friday, April 29, 2022 at 12:00pm (PT). Students who do not select to opt-in or opt-out of the survey will not be given access to order tickets to the Luskin Commencement ceremony.

UCLA Senior Survey

Graduating students are invited to complete the UCLA Senior Survey to share their feedback about their experience at UCLA. Students who complete the UCLA Senior Survey are entered into different raffles. You can access the Senior Survey in early Winter quarter on MyUCLA > Academics > “Commencement-Student” > click on the Senior Survey link 

First Destination Survey

The First Destination Survey (FDS) is administered by the UCLA Student Affairs Information & Research Office (SAIRO) and is designed specifically to help us learn more about the experiences and aspirations of our recent UCLA graduates. The responses help future Bruins prepare for their career and post-graduation goals. Click here to learn more about and access the First Destination Survey.

Students pursuing the B.A. in Public Affairs who wish to participate in the Luskin Commencement ceremony must confirm their participation in the ceremony by completing the ticket ordering process. Please read the information below for details.

TICKET ORDERING FOR THE LUSKIN COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

To participate in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Commencement ceremony, students must reserve a ticket for themselves and their guests. All tickets are free of cost.

To ensure students have an equitable opportunity to reserve commencement tickets, each student will be offered the same number of tickets and will also have the opportunity to request additional tickets by adding themselves to a ticket wait list. During the ticket ordering process, the student must confirm the number of tickets they are reserving, and if applicable, the number of additional tickets they would like to request. The availability of additional tickets is dependent on how many tickets each student confirms. Students will receive a confirmation email if the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program is able to offer them additional tickets.

For the 2022 Luskin Commencement Ceremony, students will receive 1 ticket for themselves and up to 7 guest tickets. Students may request additional wait list tickets, but there is no guarantee that additional tickets will be granted. Please note that children need their own ticket unless they can sit on their guardian’s lap for the duration of the ceremony. 

TICKET ORDERING TIMELINE AND ACCESS

Ticket ordering for the 2022 UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Commencement ceremony will open April 19, 2022 at 9:00am (PST) and close on May 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (PST). Students will receive an email confirmation with their final ticket order (including additional tickets) by May 13, 2022 at 6:00pm (PST).

To gain access to order Luskin commencement tickets, students must opt-in or opt-out of completing the Luskin Senior Exit Survey, and if applicable, submit a Special Inclusion Petition. Student who neither opt-in nor opt-out of the Luskin Senior Exit Survey will not be granted access to order Luskin Commencement tickets.

After the ticket ordering process concludes, students will receive their digital commencement tickets from the UCLA Central Ticket Office 1-2 weeks in advance of the ceremony. Each student is responsible for distributing the digital commencement tickets to their guests. Guest must show their digital ticket to gain entrance to the commencement venue.

TICKET ORDERING PROCESS

Follow the steps below to order tickets to the Luskin Commencement Ceremony:

  • STEP 1: Submit the Luskin Senior Exit Survey
    • Deadline to opt-in or opt-out in order to access ticket ordering is Friday, April 29, 2022 at 12:00pm (PT).
    • Access the Luskin Senior Exit Survey here.
  • STEP 2: Access and submit your ticket order
    • Complete and submit the ticket order form from April 19, 2022 through May 1, 2022.
    • Beginning April 18th, the ticket order form will be emailed to students who submit the Luskin Senior Exit Survey.
  • STEP 3: Review your ticket order confirmation
    • Students will receive their ticket order confirmation (including additional wait listed tickets) by May 13, 2022.
  • STEP 4: Receive your tickets
    • Digital tickets will be sent 1-2 weeks in advance of the ceremony from the Central Ticket Office, not the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

TRANSFERRING TICKETS TO GUESTS

Digital commencement tickets were released to students on May 26, 2022. Tickets were sent to the preferred email address that students indicated on their ticket order form. Please note that students are responsible for forwarding guest tickets to their guests either via email or cell phone. Instructions on how to transfer guests tickets are available here.

Beginning May 2022, students and guests can purchase daily parking permits for the commencement ceremonies in advance and up to the day of commencement, via the Bruin ePermit Portal (linked here). When purchasing parking permits, be sure to select “UCLA Commencement” as the event. Please purchase one parking permit per transaction.

Commencement parking is $14 per day per permit (prices are subject to change). Parking permits are nonrefundable.

For questions about parking permits please email Transportation@ts.ucla.edu or call (310) 794-7433.

Parking and Transportation Tips:

  • The closest parking lots to Kerckhoff Patio are Parking Structures 4, 7, and 8.
  • Purchase your parking permits ahead of time to save time.
  • Traffic density surrounding the UCLA campus is higher than usual on commencement weekend. Give yourself plenty of time to account for travel time to campus, parking, and travel time to the commencement venue.
  • Park closest to your last ceremony of the day.
  • Remember where you parked. Drop a pin, take a picture, write it down.

Cap and Gown

Undergraduate students who participate in the in-person commencement ceremonies must wear a black cap/mortar board, black gown, and royal blue tassel. You can order your cap, gown, and tassel, and all commencement regalia, from the UCLA Store Graduation Etc. For the 2022 Commencement ceremonies, you can order your cap and gown from the UCLA Store Graduation Etc. beginning February 28, 2022; distribution begins on March 4, 2022.

Honor Cords

Students are eligible to wear honor cords (or, fourragereif they are graduating with Latin Honors or College Honors, and/or if they are recipients of the Chancellor’s Service Award. Purchase and distribution of honor cords begins June 1, 2022. You are eligible to receive a refund if you return your honor cords to UCLA Store Graduation Etc. by June 17, 2022. Please contact UCLA Store Graduation Etc. for details.  

Senior Portraits

Student can schedule their senior portraits with UCLA Grad Etc. here.

UCLA Yearbook

For information about purchasing the UCLA yearbook, please visit UCLA Bruin Life. 

Other Regalia

In addition to wearing honor cords, students are permitted to wear sashes, cords, and/or other regalia that programs and student organizations give to graduating students. Students can also wear sashes, cords, and leis that are given to them by family and loved ones.

Each year, the graduating class of Public Affairs majors nominates and elects a commencement student speaker who will address the graduating class in a 3-5 minutes long speech.

Students who are interested in being considered for the Commencement Student Speaker opportunity must complete the Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Nomination form (linked here). After the nomination period closes, the graduating class of public affairs majors will be asked to elect the student speaker by completing the Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Voting Form.

Below are the applicable student speaker dates/deadlines for the 2022 Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Commencement ceremony:

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022: Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Nomination form opens (access the form here)
  • Friday, April 29, 2022: Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Nomination form closes
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Voting form opens
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022: Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Voting form closes
  • Friday, May 20, 2022: Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker is confirmed

For questions about the Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker opportunity, please contact the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program via MyUCLA Message Center.

The Chancellor’s Service Award is a selective award honoring graduating students who have made significant contributions to UCLA and/or the surrounding Los Angeles community through a sustained record of outstanding leadership and service. The application for the 2021-2022 eligibility period is now open until May 5, 2022 by 11:59pm. 

The timeline below is intended to serve as an overview of important dates/deadlines pertaining to the 2022 Luskin Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Commencement ceremony. For details, please read the corresponding sections of this Public Affairs Graduation and Commencement webpage.

  • Thursday, March 24, 2022:
    • Deadline to submit the College Honors Candidacy Form for Public Affairs Majors to the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program
  • Monday, April 4, 2022:
    • Luskin Senior Exit Survey opens
    • Preferred Name for the Public Affairs Commencement Ceremony Form opens
    • Special Inclusion Petition opens
  • Friday, April 15, 2022:
    • Deadline to submit Special Inclusion Petition for access to the ticket ordering process
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022:
    • Public Affairs commencement ticket ordering opens
    • Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Nomination Form opens
  • Friday, April 22, 2022:
    • Preferred Name for the Public Affairs Commencement Ceremony Form closes
  • Friday, April 29, 2022:
    • Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Nomination Form closes
    • Deadline to opt-in or opt-out of the Luskin Senior Exit Survey for access to the ticket ordering process
  • Sunday, May 1, 2022:
    • Public Affairs commencement ticket ordering closes
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022:
    • Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Voting opens
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022:
    • Public Affairs Commencement Student Speaker Voting closes
  • Friday, May 13, 2022:
    • Students receive confirmation of their final commencement ticket order including additional tickets received
    • Deadline for students to confirm their privacy restrictions to be included in the Luskin Commencement bulletin
  • Friday, May 20, 2022:
    • Public Affairs Commencement student speaker is confirmed
  • Friday, June 10, 2022 at 3:00pm (PDT):
    • UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Commencement Ceremony

The Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program hosted the 2021 Virtual Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 11, 2021. These festivities will be available on-demand from June 12, 2021 through May 2022.

  • Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
  • Time: 2:00pm (PST)
  • Duration: Approximately 1 hour
  • Location: You, your friends, and your family can participate by accessing the ceremony at this link.

ADA ACCESS:

The ceremony is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

The Commencement keynote speaker for the 2021 Luskin School of Public Affairs was PATRISSE CULLORS, author, educator, artist, abolitionist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Learn more about the commencement speaker here.

REGISTRATION:

All attendees are required to register to access the ceremony as an on-demand video. For security purposes, registrants need to provide their name and email upon entry to the site. To access the virtual Commencement ceremony, register here.

KUDOBOARD:

Friends, family and Luskin alumni are invited to post congratulatory messages to graduates on the Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Kudoboard page. Note that the board is moderated, and inappropriate content will not be permitted. We highly encourage graduates to share this link with their loved ones.

 

After Final Quarter Checklist

Review your final grades and contact your instructors if you have questions about your final grades.  

Make sure that your minors, specializations, revisions in enrollment, grade changes, removal of incompletes, and any transactions are posted accurately. Approximately 5-6 weeks after your degree expected term your degree is awarded and posted to your transcript. At that point your UCLA record is sealed and no further changes are possible 

If you need earlier evidence of your degree after finals grades are posted but before the degree is posted to your transcript, you can submit to the UCLA Registrar’s Office an Early Certificate of Completion request. There is no fee for an early certificate of completion.  

You can order an official academic transcript via MyUCLA > Classes > “Transcript-Official.” Your transcript will list your official degree about 6-8 weeks after your final term and after your degree is posted to your record. There is no fee for ordering transcripts. For more information about ordering transcripts visit the UCLA Registrar’s Office website 

Diplomas become available approximately 3 months after your degree is awarded. After the third week of your degree-expected term you can access the MyUCLA Diploma Request (MyUCLA > Academics > Diploma Request) to provide diploma release instructions and select a delivery method. Diploma mailing is free. Diplomas not mailed will be held for in-person pick-up at the UCLA Registrar’s Office at 1113 Murphy Hall.  

Diplomas are dated the last day of the term you complete all degree requirements. Degrees for summer candidates are always awarded in September; the Registrar’s Office does not award summer degrees at the end of each summer session.   

For more information about diplomas, visit the UCLA Registrar’s Office website.  

 

Important Notes:  

  • The “PA Student Services” hold does not prevent you from obtaining your diploma 
  • You will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office when your diploma is ready.  
  • Update your contact information on MyUCLA to ensure that you receive all email communications from the UCLA Registrar’s Office. You can update your contact information on MyUCLA > Settings > “Official Email/Address/Phone.” 

All UCLA graduates will continue to have access to their MyUCLA account. If you would like to continue receiving emails sent to your @ucla.edu account, you can either switch to a Google Apps hosted email or activate the lifetime email forwarding mechanism on your account. No action is required if you already have Google Apps. Direct any questions to the UCLA IT Support Center.

The Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program encourages you to take advantage of the UCLA resources available to you.  

After you graduate, you will have access to all UCLA Career Center services for three months, and you will have access to Handshake for a full year after you graduate.  

UCLA graduates are automatically part of the UCLA Alumni AssociationVisit their website to learn more about the professional and networking opportunities offered by the UCLA Alumni Association. All UCLA students and graduates also have access to UCLA ONE