Senior Year and Graduation

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Senior Check

In the first quarter of your senior year, you must complete a final review of your Jewish studies major degree progress. The purpose of completing a senior check early in your final year is to make sure you are on track to finish all of your major requirements by your planned quarter of graduation and to ensure you donʼt experience any last minute surprises! Your completed senior check form must be submitted to the Jewish Studies Undergraduate Program Coordinator no later than two quarters before you intend to graduate. Students who do not submit their Senior Check for review may have their graduation date delayed.

Complete the Jewish Studies Senior Check form (enterable PDF) and submit it to the History Department office by the deadlines listed below. The Jewish Studies Undergraduate Program Coordinator will notify you by your UCSC email address once your senior check form has been reviewed.


Fall 2016: October 21, Friday (For Spring and Summer 2017 Graduation)
Winter 2017: February 10, Friday (For Fall 2017 Graduation)
Spring 2017: April 28, Friday (For Winter 2018 Graduation)

All students who announce candidacy during the academic year are reviewed for honors or highest honors in the major. The Jewish Studies Academic Advising Committee determines honors based upon students performance in their Jewish studies courses. The minimum standard applied is excellence in most courses for honors, and excellence in all courses for highest honors. Summer graduates are reviewed for honors in Fall quarter.

Announcement of Candidacy and the Commencement Ceremony

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

Participation in the commencement ceremony and degree conferral from UCSC 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 his or her Announcement of Candidacy which is completed through the MyUCSC Student Portal. This process must be completed by the posted deadline (see below) for the quarter in which all requirements (general education, units, and major requirements) for the bachelor's degree will be completed.

2016-2017 Announcement of Candidacy

Fall 2016: June 20 - October 21
Winter 2017: September 17 - February 3
Spring 2017: January 6 - April 28
Summer 2017: April 3 - August 4