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GRADUATING FROM UC SAN DIEGO

Students completing their program of study at UC San Diego have several options following their final term. Review all information below to understand about what your options are, and how they may affect your status.

Filing for Graduation

  • If you are an undergraduate student finishing your bachelor degree requirements, then you should follow the directions here to file for your degree.
  • If you are a graduate student finishing your master or doctorate degree requirement, then you should follow the directions here to file for you degree.

About Diplomas

You will automatically receive a UC San Diego diploma upon successful completion of your university and degree requirements. Diplomas are mailed to the student's permanent address 3 to 6 months after the end of the quarter of graduation.

Please note that our office does not handle diploma matters, the Registrar's Office does. If you have any questions about your diploma, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Visit our Changing Address page for information on how to change your diploma mailing address.

Staying in the U.S. after Graduation

The program end date on your I-20 or DS-2019 will be adjusted to the last day of your final quarter of study. Graduate students that have filed in lieu of registration for their final term will have a program end date of their date of defense. If your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 shows a program end date beyond your final quarter of study, ISPO will automatically adjust the I-20 or DS-2019 to the accurate final term. After your program end date, you can remain in the U.S. during your grace period. See below for more details.


Grace Period:

  • F-1 students have a 60-day grace period following the last day of your final quarter of enrollment.
  • J-1 students have a 30-day grace period following the last day of your final quarter of enrollment.

 


Use your grace period to do one of the following:

Traveling after Graduation

International travel during your grace period:

  • If you depart the U.S. during your grace period, you may not re-enter the U.S. with your completed I-20/DS-2019 and F-1/J-1 student visa.
  • Please discuss your travel options with an ISPO advisor if you have questions about international travel during your grace period.

Working in the U.S. after Graduation

On-campus employment:

  • International students are no longer eligible for on-campus employment beyond the program end date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019.
  • The program end date is based on your final term of study and will be automatically adjusted to the last day of your graduating term.
  • PhD students that have paid the filing fee in lieu of graduation in their final term will have a program end date based on their date of defense.

 


Other employment:

  • F-1 students must apply for and be approved for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) in order to continue or begin work following graduation.
  • J-1 students must apply for and be approved for post-completion Academic Training before their program end date in order to continue or begin work following graduation.

Getting Health Insurance after Graduation

As an F-1 or J-1 student, you are strongly encouraged to have adequate health insurance during your stay in the U.S. More information, including a list of student health insurance providers, can be found on our page Understanding Health Insurance.  


Maintaining health insurance after graduation:

  • If you will be continuing with OPT (F-1 students) or Academic Training (J-1 students) beyond the end of your UC SHIP coverage, contact your employer or a health insurance provider directly for information regarding their policies and rates.
  • Spring graduates only: If you are enrolled in the UC SHIP for spring quarter and complete your academic program in the spring quarter, you are eligible for continued coverage through the summer, up to the start of fall quarter.