Affiliation Waiver Request - Cowell Commencement

Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

The Cowell Commencement is open to Cowell-affiliated students. If you are a student of another college and would like to participate in Cowell's ceremony, there is an application process.

Plan in advance to complete the petition and submit it to Cowell Programs Office by the deadline. Non-affiliated students are required to pay a $50 fee. This fee contributes to the funds (provided by Cowell students) that pay for the costs of commencement. The $50 fee is returned if a student's petition is denied.

To submit a petition:

  1. Print a Petition to Participate in the Cowell Commencement 2017 form. Forms are also available outside the Cowell Programs Office (Cowell Room 133, up the hallway from the Coffee Shop)
  2. Obtain on the form the required signature from the Academic Adviser or Preceptor of your college
  3. Submit your fully completed form to the Cowell Programs Office on or before the April 28 deadline. You can pay the $50 fee at the time you submit the form (cash or check to UC Regents) or your student account can be billed.
  4. Confirm via MyUCSC that your acacemic majors and minors are correctly listed. If changes are needed, complete the necessary paperwork and/or work with the major or minor advisor(s) in question. You must ensure your majors and minors are correctly listed in MyUCSC as of May 5, 2017.

Please check your email regularly to learn if your petition has been approved or denied. If approved you will receive details that include how to register for the event as a non-affiliate. If you have questions, please contact Karen at

NOTE: this process pertains only to the Cowell College ceremony. If you would like to participate in a different college's ceremony, please consult staff of the Programs Office of that college to learn how to apply.