Academic Services

Filing and Degree Conferral Deadlines

Degrees are officially awarded four times a year. A student must have finished all requirements by the final business day of the academic quarter or Summer Session to have his/her degree dated that quarter. The degree conferral date is the last day of each academic quarter or last day of Summer Session and it is this date that will appear on the student's official University of California diploma and transcript.

Deadlines for Degrees Filed Within the Academic Year or Summer Session

  • Spring Quarter 2017: Friday, June 16, 2017

  • Summer Quarter 2017: Friday, September 15, 2017

  • Fall Quarter 2017Due to extraordinary circumstances related to the Thomas fire, fall quarter is being extended into January 2018. The thesis and dissertation filing deadline for fall 2017 will now be January 12, 2018, the last day of fall quarter. If you have scheduled your dissertation defense, comprehensive exam, or qualifying exam for the coming week, you are welcome to do so if faculty are available. If no one is available, the new deadline is January 12. Note that people can also attend doctoral defenses by Zoom, Skype, or conference call. 

  • Winter Quarter 201‚Äč8: Friday, March 23, 2018

  • Spring Quarter 2018: Friday, June 15, 2018

  • Summer Quarter 2018: Friday, September 14, 2018

Deadlines for Degrees Filed Between Academic Quarters

A special note for students scheduled to graduate in Fall quarter: The Fall 2017 Quarter is being extended into January 2018. Technically, you will still graduate during fall quarter. However, your degree conferral date will be in 2018, not 2017.

A student who completes his/her final degree requirement (e.g., master’s comprehensive exam, project, or thesis, or doctoral dissertation) between quarters (e.g., the break between fall and winter) do not pay additional fees as long as they were enrolled or on a Filing Leave of Absence the previous quarter. The degree conferral date will be the last day of the next academic quarter. Deadlines to file using:

  • Spring Fees or Filing Leave, or Summer Fees (if applicable): September 22, 2017 (Degree Conferral: End of Fall Quarter)
  • Fall Fees or Filing Leave: January 5, 2018 (Degree Conferral: End of Winter Quarter)
  • Winter Fees or Filing Leave: March 29, 2018 (Degree Conferral: End of Spring Quarter)
  • Spring Fees or Filing Leave, or Summer Fees (if applicable): September 21, 2018 (Degree Conferral: End of Fall Quarter)