New Graduates

You’re a Slug for life.

Welcome to your Alumni Association. You’ve joined over 150,000 Banana Slugs across the globe! Your University is here for you; we encourage you to stay involved and connected. Explore the resources available to you as a recent grad below.

A note from UCSC Alumni Association President

Congratulations, new graduates! You are now part of a powerful, supportive alumni network of over 150,000 UC Santa Cruz alumni. We all share the experience of receiving an exceptional education and a unique college experience that helped shape who we are today. When we come together to support each other and our alma mater, we change lives for the better.

Alumni enjoy exclusive UCSC benefits and services. We offer events across the globe to connect the alumni network. We publish fascinating and cutting-edge stories and engage communities built around identities, interests, and locations. Let us know what you would like to gain from your alumni network, and we’ll do our best to match you with the right opportunity.

I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the Association’s Alumni Council for ten years, and I can’t emphasize enough what an incredible joy it is to connect with alumni. I have built my professional network, made new friends, and stayed connected to people I knew when I was a student.

Your UCSC Alumni Association is here for you! Tell us how we can make the UCSC alumni community more relevant in your life. Email

John Madrid (Oakes ’98, language studies)

Getting Started

At UCSC we believe “once a Slug, always a Slug.” Learn how to get the most out of your Alumni Association membership – no dues or fees required – by following the
steps below:

Complete the First Destination Survey
Update your information
Get your Alumni ID card
Mark your calendar for upcoming events
Consider making a gift to support your University
Find your Regional Ambassadors

Learn about your Alumni Benefits.

First Destination Survey

We want to hear from you! Whether you are working, seeking employment, pursuing graduate studies, or following other interests, it takes just 5 minutes to share your path since graduation in the First Destination Survey.

The survey is used to create “Life Beyond the Redwoods,” an annual report about the achievements of our graduates. Read the 2022 report.

Update your information

Things change after graduation, but your University will always be here for you. Update your contact information to stay up-to-date on important UCSC news, events, and reunions.

Events & programs

Explore the exciting events and programs your Alumni Association plans exclusively for you. Join us for virtual lectures, help us plan events in your area by becoming a regional Slug Ambassador, or if you live locally, join us for Santa Cruz events on campus and in the community.

Ready to come back to campus already? Mark your calendar for Return to the Redwoods, August 16-18, 2024. And keep an eye out for Welcome to the City 2025, regional happy hours for recent grads hosted throughout October.

Career Center

Alumni have access to all services at the Career Center for two years after graduation including free Career Coaching appointments. You can also find job postings on Handshake, explore free online resources, and find upcoming events and fairs.


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Last modified: Jun 18, 2024