Senior Year Check-in and Graduation

Mandatory Senior Check-in

In the first quarter of your senior year you are required to complete a final review of your history major degree progress, otherwise known as the History Department Senior Check-in. The purpose of completing this review early in your final year is to make sure you are on track to finish all of the history major requirements by your planned quarter of graduation and that you donʼt experience any last minute surprises! Your senior check-in must be completed no later than two quarters before you intend to graduate. Students who do not submit their Senior Check-in form for review may have their planned graduation date delayed.

Complete a Senior Check-in form appropriate for your catalog year (the quarter and year you started at UCSC) and submit it to the History Department by the deadlines listed below.

Senior Check-in Form: Catalog Years Fall 2015 - Spring 2018
Old Concentrations: Americas and Africa, Asia and the Islamic World, Europe

Senior Check-in Form: Catalog Years Fall 2018 - Present
Current Concentrations: Americas and Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Mediterranean World


Spring and Summer 2020 Graduation: Friday, December 6 (Fall 2019)
Fall 2020 Graduation: Friday, February 14 (Winter 2020)
Winter 2021 Graduation: Friday, May 8 (Spring 2020)

Exit Survey Requirement

In addition, all majors must complete a History Department Exit Survey. The exit survey provides the History Department with invaluable feedback from students who have completed the undergraduate program and offers you the opportunity to communicate your overall level of satisfaction with the History major.

Honors in the Major

Honors are awarded to the top 10-15 percent of graduating students per quarter; highest honors may be granted to approximately the top 5 percent. Honors are determined by the Undergraduate Education Committee in consultation with the History Department faculty. The department considers each student's GPA in the history major, supplemented when appropriate by an assessment of work in the senior capstone course or honors thesis preparation. The history major GPA is calculated based upon all history courses attempted at UCSC; grades from courses taken outside of the department will not be calculated into a student's history major GPA, even in cases when the student is allowed to use said courses toward their history major degree requirements. Summer, fall, and winter graduates will be reviewed at the end of each of their respective quarters. Spring graduates will be reviewed using their earned history major GPAs as of the spring announcement of candidacy deadline.

Announcing Candidacy for Degree and the Commencement Ceremony

To graduate from UCSC with a bachelor's degree in history, you must complete all of the major requirements, including the comprehensive (exit) requirement. You must also satisfy UCSC's graduation, general education, university, and college requirements.

Participation in the commencement ceremony and degree conferral are two separate, parallel processes. The Commencement Ceremony is coordinated by the colleges, with whom students communicate about all commencement activities. Conferral of a student's degree is generated by their Announcement of Candidacy. Quarterly deadlines for announcing candidacy can be found on the Academic and Administrative Calendar.

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