Graduation Learn more about requirements for graduation.

At the Merage School, students must satisfy four groups of degree requirements in order to earn a baccalaureate degree from UCI.

The four groups are major requirements, general education (GE) requirements, university requirements and degree-specific requirements. When these are complete, you are ready to graduate.

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to completing all courses required for the Business Administration major, general education, and university requirements, you must also meet the following requirements:

Unit requirement

You must have credit for a minimum of 180 quarter units.

GPA requirement:

You must have a 2.0 GPA overall AND 2.0 GPA in your major. 

Senior Residency: 

At least 36 of the final 45 units completed by a student for the bachelor’s degree must be earned in residence at the UCI campus (including UC programs like UCEAP, UCDC).

Time to Degree Policy:

Students who enter UCI directly from high school are expected to complete all degree requirements within 5 years (15 quarters, not including summers). This includes completion of any minors or additional (double or triple) majors. A maximum of 216 units is permitted after their 12th quarter of study at UCI. Most students follow a 4 year plan to graduate.

Students who enter UCI as junior transfers from other institutions are expected to complete all degree requirements within 3 years (9 quarters, not including summers). This includes completion of any minors or additional (double or triple) majors. Most students follow a 2 year plan to graduate.

Application for Graduation:

Graduation is NOT automatic. You must file an Application for Graduation online. Your application indicates to us that you are planning to complete your degree requirements by the end of a particular quarter. The Application for Graduation is available under the “Applications” portion of your StudentAccess. NOTE: emphases are not listed on your graduation application, so please disregard the "Concentration" option. You are able to submit an application when you have at least 120 units of cumulative credit.

After your application has been reviewed, its status will change from “PENDING” to “RECEIVED”. To ensure that you are on track for the quarter of your expected graduation, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a full-time advisor.

Students are certified for the BA degree once all coursework and grades have been posted to their UCI transcript. The quarterly deadlines to apply for graduation are as follows, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible:

  • Fall 2021: Friday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Winter and Spring 2022: Friday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Summer 2022: Friday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Please note that we strictly adhere to the above deadlines for participation in Commencement.


Degrees are noted on official transcripts approximately six to seven weeks after the end of the quarter in which they are awarded. Academic transcripts may be ordered from the Registrar's Office in advance, indicating that they be held until the degree is noted on the transcript. For more information, please refer here.


Diplomas will be available approximately two to four months after the quarter in which the degree was awarded. The Registrar’s Office will notify you via email when your diploma is available.  More information about this process is available here.

Upon graduation, academic records are final (may not be changed). It is your responsibility to check the accuracy of your academic record before you graduate. (Note that an NR becomes an F or NP after one quarter of subsequent enrollment or at the end of the quarter immediately preceding award of the degree, whichever comes first. Contact the instructor of the class about the possibility of removing the NR or replacing it with a grade.)

Students graduating in Fall, Winter or Spring may participate in the Commencement Ceremonies for Spring of the academic year in which they graduate. Students graduating in Summer may choose to participate in the previous year’s ceremony or wait until the following year (note that any honors will appear in the Commencement program for the year you actually graduate).

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Please join us for the Merage School’s 54th Annual Commencement Celebration on
Monday, June 13, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
(Students check in at 7:30 AM)

Bren Events Center
100 Mesa Road
Irvine, CA 92697

Our Commencement Ceremony is conducted differently than other school ceremonies and many of the procedures are different. Please follow all instructions emailed to you by the Undergraduate Program Office (NOT those instructions from UCIAA). Contact Us if you have any questions.

Information about registering to participate, ordering tickets, student commencement speaker auditions, shoutout videos and more can be found on the UCI Paul Merage School of Business Commencement website.

 *UCI University-wide Commencement will be held on Wednesday June 15, 2022 at Angels Stadium. Please visit webpage for more details.

Academic Regalia:

More information can be found at the following link at

Latin Honors:

Students graduating in Fall 2021 – Summer 2022:

What's the difference between the Merage Commencement Celebration and UCI Campus Commencement Ceremony?
At the Merage School Commencement Celebration students will have their names recognized as they walk across the Bren Events Center stage. While at the UCI Campus Commencement Ceremony, students degrees will be officially conferred by the UCI Chancellor. You may attend both events, one event, or neither event. Attendance at these ceremonies has no bearing on receiving your degree, pending you have satisfied all degree requirements.

When and how can I order Merage Commencement Celebration tickets?
Registration will open on Monday, April 4 on the Merage School commencement event website. A maximum of four (4) guest tickets will be provided per graduate. However, please only sign up for the # of tickets that you know you will use. Space is limited, however, more guest tickets may become available later.

  • You'll be asked to submit the phonetic spelling of your name for pronunciation. The requested phonetic spelling of your full name is best done using common English words or syllables. Examples are Jee-Ah-Jee-Ah Choud-Ree for Jiajia Choudhuri; Dew-Art-Tay for Duarte; New-When for Nguyen; Rogue-Niss for Rogeness; Say-Jee for Sagey.
  • Tickets will be delivered in May to the email address you provide on the registration form. If after receiving the tickets you can't use them all, print them out and return them to the undergraduate programs office, SB2 202.
  • If you need to make any changes to your ticket registration, fill out a new form before April 15. Only the last registration will be accepted.

Deadline to register for the Merage School commencement is April 15, 2022.

Can I order Merage Commencement Celebration tickets after the April 15 deadline?
We will not be able to accommodate any late ticket registration requests for the Merage Commencement Celebration. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

How can I order my cap and gown?
More information can be found at the following link at