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Graduation is the term used to describe completion of all requirements and the official posting of a student’s degree to his or her academic record.

The following steps outline what students need to do in order to successfully graduate from UC San Diego.

Step 1: Graduation Requirements

Thurgood Marshall College students must complete the following requirements to officially graduate from UCSD:

  1. Required coursework and GPA requirements for your major(s) and/or minor(s).
  2. Required coursework for TMC general education.
  3. A minimum of 180 cumulative units.
  4. Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  5. No more than 25% of your UCSD units for P/NP.
  6. A minimum of 60 upper division units.
  7. Satisfy UC Writing (Entry Level Writing) and American History & Institution (AHI).
  8. Satisfy Senior Residency (35 of last 45 units must be taken at UCSD).
  9. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Campus-Wide Graduation Requirement - 600(G)

Freshmen entering Fall 2011 or thereafter, and transfer students entering Fall 2013 or thereafter are required to take an  approved course [PDF] to meet the University requirement, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” If applicable, we recommend that you overlap this course with any other requirement. Freshmen automatically meet this requirement by earning a C- or better in DOC 1.

If you are missing requirements in your graduating quarter as per your degree audit (indicated by any “red”), you must see an academic counselor to review any discrepancies.

Step 2 : File to Graduate

File your DDA ( Degree and Diploma Application) one quarter before your scheduled quarter of graduation. Your quarter of graduation is the quarter in which ALL requirements for graduation and all coursework are completed. Filing deadlines are noted below:

Graduating Quarter

Application Opens

Application Deadline


First day of Summer Session I

Last day finals week, 
Summer Session II


First day of Fall Quarter

Last day finals week, 
Fall Quarter


First day of Winter Quarter

Last day finals week, 
Winter Quarter


First Day of Spring Quarter

Last day finals week, 
Spring Quarter

Missing the deadline or filing for the wrong quarter of graduation will delay processing of your degree. Contact TMC Academic Advising via the  Virtual Advising Center with any questions.

NOTE: To ensure that your name is placed in the commencement program, you must indicate your desire to have your name printed in the program via the DDA site by May 1 st.

Step 3: Monitor Your Degree Progress via TritonLink

We encourage students to regularly review their degree audit to verify the current status of their courses.  Requirements in red have not yet been fully satisfied, while requirements in blue have been met.

Additionally, students should plan to meet with their major advisor during their final quarter to ensure requirements for the major have been met.

Following the end of a student’s quarter of graduation, it takes approximately 30-90 days from when grades are posted to have your degree official conferred and receive your diploma in the mail.

Priority Posting of Degree

The Registrar's Office can provide priority posting of a degree for students who require faster processing of the degree for a valid reason.

You must file a priority posting form [PDF] at the Academic Advising Office with proper documentation (employment letter, graduate school admissions offer, etc). Once your major department and college have approved the completion of your requirements, the request for priority posting will be approved and forwarded to the Registrar's Office for processing. It will take the Registrar’s Office 2-3 weeks to review and post your degree on your transcript.

Students who will submit their Priority Posting request via e-mail should send their form and all supporting documents to

Priority Posting requests must be submitted to TMC Academic Advising by the following dates:

Quarter of Graduation

Priority Posting Deadline


Last Day of Finals Week, Fall Quarter


Last Day of Finals Week, Winter Quarter


Last Day of Finals Week, Spring Quarter


Last Day of Finals Week, Summer Session II

This guarantees that your finalized audit is sent to the Records Office with priority posting.

Retroactive Graduation Filing

If you finished all courses and requirements in a prior to the current quarter, you will need to be retroactively filed for graduation.

To begin the process, please contact our office using the Virtual Advising Center using the ‘Ask A Question’ feature. Please submit a formal request to be retroactively filed for graduation, and inform us of the quarter in which you completed all academic requirements.

Please note that retroactive graduates are not eligible for Priority Posting.

Commencement Ceremony

UC San Diego's Commencement Ceremonies will be held on June 16, 2019. 

The Thurgood Marshall College Commencement Ceremony information is available in our Commencement section. University-wide commencement information can be found online at

Specific information regarding eligibility, attire, and other details related to the Marshall College ceremony will be available on the TMC homepage near the end of winter quarter 2019.