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

  •  Summer Quarter 2019: Friday, September 13, 2019   
  •  Fall Quarter 2019: Friday, December 13, 2019  
  •  Winter Quarter 2020: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Spring Quarter 2020: Friday, June 12, 2020 (*subject to change pending 2020 Commencement date)
  • Summer Quarter 2020: Friday, September 11, 2020

Deadlines for Degrees Filed Between Academic Quarters

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 2019 Fees/Filing Leave or Summer 2019 Fees: Friday, September 20, 2019 (Degree conferral is end of Fall quarter) 
  • Fall 2019 Fees or Filing Leave: Friday, January 3, 2020 (Degree conferral is end of winter quarter)
  • Winter 2020 Fees or Filing Leave: Thursday, March 26, 2020 (Degree conferral is end of spring quarter)
  • Spring 2020 Fees or Filing Leave, or Summer Fees (if applicable): Friday, September 25, 2020 (Degree conferral is end of fall quarter)