Declare Candidacy for Graduation


Undergraduate students: Declare Candidacy

  • Declare candidacy via GOLD (‘Graduation’ link under 'Progress') for the quarter in which you will complete all degree requirements.  Quarterly deadlines for declaring candidacy can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website (the deadline is usually within the first two weeks of each quarter).  If you miss the deadline, contact the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible at (805) 893-3592 or

Declare Candidacy

  • Declaring candidacy via GOLD is the only way to officially graduate and receive a degree from UCSB.  Anticipated degree dates appearing on registration or other materials are projections only.  
  • If you are participating in a UC Education Abroad program during your final quarter at UCSB, it is strongly recommended that you declare candidacy for the next quarter (i.e., if you are abroad Spring quarter and will not return to UCSB, declare candidacy for the Summer quarter).  This is due to the delay in receiving final grades from UC Education Abroad programs.  Please visit UCSB’s EAP website for more information.
  • Run a Progress check or Degree Audit in GOLD ('Progress' link at the top; 'Major and GE checks').  Discuss any deficiencies with your College or major department adviser.

Graduate students: Complete your Degree

  • Please refer to the Graduate Division’s website on degree completion.

All students: Financial Blocks

  • Check the Account Summary of your BARC account for any blocks. Your diploma will be held if you have any blocks on your account. If you have a BARC block, you must contact the BARC office by phone at (805) 893-3756, or by email to If you have a University Center block, you must contact the University Center by phone at (805) 893-4097. 
  • If you do not clear all of your blocks before the initial mailing of all diplomas, your diploma will be held at the Office of the Registrar until all of your blocks are cleared.  After you clear all of your blocks, to have your diploma mailed you will be required to submit a release form and pay an additional processing fee of $19.00 (Domestic mailing) or $24.00 (International or Certified mailing).  To initiate this process please contact the Office of the Registrar at (805) 893-3592 or  Alternatively, you may pick up your diploma at the Office of the Registrar during normal business hours with a photo ID.