Commencement FAQ's

What is the difference between Commencement and Graduation?

Graduation is the completion of all graduation requirements and official posting of a student's degree to his/her academic record.
Commencement is the ceremony in which students who are eligible to graduate, participate. Revelle College has one ceremony each year.

Note: Participation in the commencement ceremony DOES NOT constitute official graduation from the university.

What is the difference between "walking" and "graduating?"

To "walk" means to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.  Walking in the Commencement Ceremony does not mean you have been graduated.  To "graduate" means that you have completed all major, GE, and University requirements to be awarded your degree.  You are not technically graduated until your major and College has approved you for graduation and the Registrar's Office has posted your degree.

What do I do if I want to walk in June but will still take classes in the Summer?

Submit a Degree & Diploma Application (DDA) online at for summer.  You will be a summer graduate since you will not be done with your requirements until summer. You will still be able to walk in June, and your name will be included in the Commencement program IF you have elected to have your name in the program.

What do I do if I want to walk in June but will still be taking classes in Fall?

You should submit a Degree & Diploma Application (DDA) online at for summer. This is just for the purpose of getting your name in the Commencement program. Once the Commencement ceremony is over, submit a retraction request throught the Virtual Advising Center to cancel your summer DDA (otherwise, you will be sent notices about your deficiencies). Once you have retracted your summer DDA, you can submit a new DDA for fall quarter.

How do I make sure my name is in the Commencement Program Booklet?

If you would like your name to appear on the List of Graduates in the Commencement program, visit, click on the orange “Graduation” tab, and select YES to the question “Do you want your name in the Commencement Program?” You must complete this action beginning Week 1 of fall quarter and no later than May 1st of the year you plan to participate in Commencement. All names collected between this time will be included in the Commencement program.

To ensure that your name will appear in the Commencement program, or to check how your name and major(s) will appear in the program, you may visit and click on the orange “Graduation” tab to view your confirmation. If you would like to change the way your name will be displayed in the Commencement Program, please contact Revelle Academic Advising. Revelle College does not list minors in the Commencement program.

Note: Name changes requested for the Commencement Program will not affect your official UCSD Records or how your name is displayed on your diploma.