Congratulations on your approaching graduation! As a graduating senior, you will need to put yourself on the "degree list" for the semester in which you are finishing your final requirements. See below for more information. Note: Adding yourself to the degree list is separate from "walking" or participating in the commencement ceremony.
- Go to Bear Facts to view your Degree Audit to make sure all your requirements are complete.
- Add yourself to the degree list (see "Declaring Your Candidacy to Graduate," below).
- Submit a CED Minor Completion Form if you are finishing a CED minor.
- Complete the CED senior survey and RSVP for CED’s commencement.
- Order your Grad Pack or cap and gown.
- Pick up your tickets for commencement.
- Obtain tickets for the campus-wide convocation, if interested.
- Join UC Berkeley's online alumni community to find friends, search for jobs, and manage your email forwarding.
Use Bear Facts to request an unofficial Degree Audit Report (DAR), commonly called a "degree check." If your DAR shows something that you believe is incorrect, contact your adviser as soon as possible. You should also use Bear Facts to confirm that you have completed the University-wide requirements of Entry-Level Writing, American History and American Institutions, and American Cultures.
We recommend that you meet with your major adviser before registering for your final term. Your major adviser is the person responsible for certifying that your major requirements are complete.
When you are registering for your final term (fall, spring, or summer), add yourself to the degree list via Tele-BEARS. Then confirm that you are indeed on the degree list via Bear Facts. If for any reason you are unable to add to the degree list on Tele-BEARS, use the "Bachelor Degree Candidate Form" available on the Registrar’s website. All instructions are included in the form.
If you miss the Registrar's degree-list deadline at the end of the fifth week of the semester, contact your major adviser to find out whether you are still eligible to be added to the degree list. You will not be added to the degree list after the last day of the semester.
Do not place yourself on the degree list in the spring just because you want to go through graduation ceremonies. The purpose of the degree list is to trigger a final review of graduation requirements and is separate from commencement.
You do not have to be enrolled at Berkeley during the semester in which you are on the degree list.
Meet with your minor adviser no later than the fifth week of your final semester to complete required paperwork for minor certification and ensure that your minor will appear in the CED commencement program and on your transcript.
To graduate with distinction, you must meet the grade-point average (GPA) requirement and complete at least 50 units in residence at Berkeley (this may include UCB Extension XB units and up to 20 units from UCDC or EAP), of which 43 units must be letter-graded (not including physical education activities courses).
Your GPA in all letter-graded courses taken at Berkeley must be equal to or higher than the GPA established for honors in the year in which you graduate. These GPA cut-offs change slightly each year. See Degree Requirements — Honors for this year's honors breakdowns.
In addition to adding yourself to the degree list, you may also wish to participate in graduation ceremonies or "commencement." CED’s commencement is a college-wide ceremony for graduating students that takes place in Zellerbach Hall. You do not need to be on the spring degree list to participate in commencement. Students need to order caps and gowns and, if graduating with honors, should pick up an honor cord from the Student Bookstore.
You must RSVP online in order to participate in the CED commencement ceremony. You will be directed to the RSVP form after completing the senior graduation survey. After April 6, undergraduates who have completed the senior graduation survey and RSVP form will be emailed information about how to pick up commencement tickets.
See http://seniors.berkeley.edu for more information on this UC Berkeley-wide event that also takes place in the Greek Theatre.
Seniors who are completing course work for the degree at another institution should be aware that the term must officially end by:
- December 31 for fall graduates
- May 31 for spring graduates
- August 31 for summer graduates
If the term ends later than those dates, you will not graduate, and you must place yourself on the degree list for the following term.
Send your final official transcript to:
Office of Undergraduate Advising
College of Environmental Design
250 Wurster Hall #1800
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1800
Contact the College Evaluator in 250 Wurster Hall for transcript deadlines.
- Diplomas for undergraduates will be mailed automatically.
- Diplomas are usually available 3-1/2 months after graduation.
- Unclaimed diplomas are held for five years, after which they are shredded.
For more information, see the Diplomas & Graduation section of the Registrar's Office or call (510) 642-6765.
If a prospective employer or graduate school needs an official statement that you have completed your degree requirements before degrees have been granted, you may ask the Office of the Registrar for a Certificate of Completion, an official document that confirms that you have satisfied all the University, campus, college, and major requirements for your degree. There is a turnaround time of 6-8 weeks between the end of the term and the date that the Registrar's Office issues the certificate. This document is considered just as official as a final transcript, and the Registrar will mail it to whatever address you request.
The Cal Alumni Association offers benefits, events, and services to graduates who join. We also welcome you to become active members of the CED alumni community. See the UC Berkeley Alumni website for listings of other campus alumni associations and activities.
Alumni of any University of California campus who have a paid membership in any of the ten campus alumni associations may obtain a UC Berkeley library card. Alternately, you may purchase a borrowing card from the library. See the University Library's Information for Alumni and Visitors website.