Graduation and Commencement

Applying for Graduation or Filing for Degree Candidacy

Important: For undergraduate students, graduation from the University of Arizona requires a degree audit (also known as a degree check) in order to award a diploma, and there is a $50 candidacy fee involved. Students are strongly urged to begin this process and file for degree candidacy before registering for the last semester of course work, but not more than 1 year before the planned graduation date. See for more information.

  • Students graduating in December (fall) or January (winter) must file for degree candidacy by September 1st.
  • Students graduating in May (spring) for August (summer) must file for degree candidacy by February 1st. 

To file for degree candidacy, students in the College of Science must begin the process with their major advisor. Students in MATH, PHYS, and ASTR should come to Gould-Simpson room 1017 to file for candidacy.

Late fees of $50 will also apply to students who file after the deadline.


The College of Science Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

6:00 pm

McKale Center - UA Campus


The program will include individual recognition of each Undergraduate and Graduate degree recipient in attendance.

We look forward to seeing you and meeting your family and guests at an outdoor reception immediately following the ceremony.

All students: Instructions for RSVPing to the ceremony!
The link to register  online for the Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony will open : 5:00 pm, on Monday, April 4th, 2016

To have your name included in the CoS Commencement program, you must RSVP by: 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 21. 2016

  1. Click on the first link below to start the RSVP process
  2. You have the opportunity to submit a personal message that will display as you accept your degree. Many students use this message to thank their supporters, select a favorite quote, or comment on their college experience for their personal message.
    • Undergraduates may enter a message up to a total of 125 characters*
    • Graduate students are permitted up to 200 characters*
    • * Characters are letters, spaces, punctuation marks, symbols, etc.


For all other questions, please click on the Frequently Asked Questions link below!

Click here to RSVP for the CoS Commencement. (not active until 5:00 pm on April 4th)

The deadline to RSVP online is:  by 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 21, 2016

See the list of Spring 2016 COS Graduates with RSVP status (available at 5:00 pm on Monday, April 4th)
Undergraduates | Graduate Students
‡Students who intend to participate in commencement should check to ensure that their name appears on the list of COS Graduates, using the links above.

**The University of Arizona does not host a campus-wide Fall Ceremony**

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for information about individual College ceremonies.

**The College of Science Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for

Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 pm in McKale Center**