Graduation Cap

Apply to Graduate (SDSU)

Application for graduation is a requirement and is unrelated to whether or not a student participates in either university’s commencement ceremony.  Students can apply to graduate at SDSU through their Web Portal account.  UC San Diego does not require an application to graduate.

SDSU graduation deadlines can be found at:

PhD Graduation Application Fee ($100) – Required by SDSU in order to apply to graduate, paid through WebPortal at the time of application. The JDP will reimburse students for this fee. Click on the “How to Receive Additional Program Support” SharePoint link below to view the instructions on how to get reimbursed for the Graduation Application Fee.

How to Receive Additional Program Support

NOTE: Since student internships end after the last day of UC San Diego’s Spring Quarter, you must apply to graduate during the Summer term (NOT the Spring).  Students must be registered in PSY 899 at SDSU when submitting the final copy of the dissertation and will need to apply for graduation at SDSU for the semester in which the final copy will be submitted.  Even though a student will apply for summer graduation, they will NOT have to register for any units during the summer term if all requirements have been met by the deadlines listed under the “Important Deadlines” section on the Dissertation Submission Guidelines webpage.  If a student does not meet the criteria listed by the deadlines provided, they will need to register for PSY 899 at SDSU for either Summer or Fall term at their own expense.

Commencement Ceremonies

Students are strongly encouraged to attend both commencement ceremonies.

SDSU Commencement

The SDSU (College of Science “hooding” ceremony) usually occurs on the third weekend in May.  For more information about SDSU’s Commencement, visit the following website:  Please Note:  Doctoral students AND hooding professors will be required to attend a rehearsal the Wednesday before graduation.  More details can be found at the website above.

  • Email the Program Coordinators the name of your hooding professor no later than by April 15 if attending.

Tickets: To order tickets remotely, you will need to complete the Commencement Ticket Request Form. This form can be found on the commencement website listed above under students/tickets.

Regalia: You can order your PhD regalia (including your cap and gown) after April 1st online at

UC San Diego Commencement

The UC San Diego Graduate and professional school graduation ceremony is typically held in mid-June.  For more information about UC San Diego’s Commencement, visit the following website:

  • Online registration is required to attend.
  • UC San Diego College for the JDP is “Graduate Division”
  • Email the Program Coordinators the name of your hooding professor.

Tickets: No tickets are required for UC San Diego Graduate Division Commencement
Regalia:  You may order PhD regalia at the UC San Diego Bookstore

NOTE:  Your name will be printed in the SDSU commencement booklet the year you graduate.  For UC San Diego, your name will ONLY be printed in UC San Diego’s commencement booklet if you register online to attend the Grad Division ceremony; Otherwise, your name will not be printed in the booklet until the following year.

Updated 3/04/2020