Before you enroll in classes for the semester in which you plan to graduate, it is essential that you check your record first to make sure that the classes you have chosen will fulfill any remaining degree requirements. Also, in order to be considered for graduation that term, you will need to request to be placed on the degree list for that term ("declare candidacy").
Checking Your Requirements
- Before you enroll in classes for your final term, you should review your record for any outstanding requirements. Request a Degree Audit Report to assist your degree review.
- Degree audits check all undergraduate degree requirements, including UC, Berkeley campus, college, and major requirements.
- Although major requirements are included in most Degree Audit Reports, it is advisable to check with your undergraduate major adviser (UMA) the semester before you graduate, to be sure that your major will be complete by the end of your last semester and that you have met any other constraints upon graduation (such as obtaining faculty approval for an area of concentration) that might apply to your major.
- At the start of your final semester before graduation, if you have questions or are uncertain about any of your requirements, make an appointment with an L&S College Adviser before finalizing your class schedule.
Declaring Candidacy (Adding to the Degree List)
In order to officially graduate from UC Berkeley (i.e., earn a diploma, not to "walk" in Commencement), you must be on the Degree List for the term you enroll in your last requirement/s. Please add yourself electronically at your first Phase of CalCentral -- note that you must have earned 110 units for the CalCentral to prompt you. If you declined the CalCentral prompt or you are seeking to complete your degree in 2016, review below for petition information. The absolute deadline for L&S students to add to the Spring 2016 Degree List is Friday, April 15th. (Note: after Friday, March 11th, an Add to the Degree List must include a Major Completion Memo from each declared major attached to the petition). The deadline for adding to the Summer 2016 Degree List is Friday, August 12th (Note: for Summer 2016 students will need Major Completion Memo/s after Friday, July 8th to add to the Degree List).
If you are not registered at UC Berkeley for the term in which you plan to finish your final requirement, or if CalCentral is no longer an option for you, print an Add to or Drop from Degree List 2016 petition and follow the instructions on the form.
Note: Even if you have met all degree requirements, you will not graduate if you fail to place yourself on the degree list by the deadline to add of your last term. In that case, you will need to declare candidacy the following term, and your official graduation date will be delayed. Conversely, if you wish to stay after you have completed all degree requirements, you may continue to enroll, but only through the semester in which you exceed unit or semester limits.
If you declare your candidacy, and later decide that you do not want to graduate that term, be sure to drop yourself from the Degree List using the appropriate portion of the Add to or Drop from Degree List 2016 petition as soon as possible before the end of the term.
Graduating with Transfer Work
To declare your candidacy when you are enrolled elsewhere, submit an Add to or Drop from Degree List 2016 form by mail or in person to the Office of Undergraduate Advising during the first five weeks of the term.
If you are enrolled in courses at another institution during your last semester, you will need to order an official transcript from the school you attended (check first to make sure the grade has been posted!) and have it sent in a sealed official envelope directly to:
Office of Undergraduate Advising
206 Evans Hall #2924
Berkeley, CA 94720-2924.
Fall Graduation: January 31
Spring Graduation: June 30
Summer Graduation: September 7
Note: Course work from other institutions must officially end by the following dates in order to be included in a degree for that semester. If your transfer course work ends later than the dates indicated below, you will not be able to graduate in that term and will need to request graduation for the following term.
Fall Graduation—December 31
Spring Graduation—May 31
Summer Graduation—August 31
Early Proof of Graduation
If a prospective employer or graduate school needs an official statement that you either will be or already have completed your degree requirements, you may petition for either a Proof of Intent to Graduate, or a Certificate of Completion.
Proof of Intent to Graduate
If you are already on the current Degree List, you can obtain verification that you will be able to graduate pending completion of your current enrollments by emailing all of the following to LsDegreeList@berkeley.edu:
- Your full name and UCB SID
- Postal address to which you want this document mailed
- Assurance that you have spoken to your undergraduate major advisor(s) and they will send a “major completion memo” (a memo verifying that, with the completion of specified currently-enrolled courses, you will have completed all major requirements) to the L&S Evaluation Unit via email within 2 business days.
A formal document on letterhead will be mailed within 10 working days to the address indicated.
Certificate of Completion
The Certificate of Completion is an official document issued by the Office of the Registrar verifying that all degree requirements have been met. If you have finished all your degree requirements and need proof of graduation in the period of time after grades are posted and before your degree is noted on your transcript (an 8-10 week period), you will need to request a Certificate of Completion.
Do not confuse official graduation with commencement ceremonies! Most departments allow students to "walk" in commencement ceremonies who have yet to complete all their degree requirements. It is not necessary to place yourself on a degree list in order to participate in that term's commencement ceremonies. In many cases, majors will allow students with some requirements outstanding to participate in commencement exercises. If you have not finished all your requirements but wish to participate in your major’s ceremony, check with your undergraduate major adviser (UMA). Above all, make sure to have a plan for fulfilling those last outstanding requirements, and make sure to add yourself to the degree list for the term in which you complete them.
Transcripts and Diplomas
Official transcripts with degree notations are available 8–10 weeks after posting of final grades. Diplomas are mailed to all graduates several months after the degrees have been posted to transcripts. If your contact information is not current or is incorrect, you can request name or address changes by logging on to CalCentral or through the Office of the Registrar.