Congratulations on your candidacy for a degree from one of the most distinguished universities in the United States. Graduation
from the University of California, Santa Barbara signifies high achievement for the Class of 2017.
Cap and Gown
All graduates must wear regalia (cap and gown) at the June 16, 17 and 18 Commencement ceremonies. Regalia should be bought
from the UCSB Bookstore starting May 8, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 11
AM to 4 PM. On June 17 and 18, UCSB Bookstore hours will be from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Bachelor’s degree candidates participating on June 17 or 18 should pick up stage passes inside the UCen main lobby (outside
the UCSB Bookstore), June 12 through June 16, 9 AM to 4 PM. Show your UCSB student I.D. or a legal picture I.D. to receive
your pass. On June 17 and 18, stage passes will be available at the Events Center. Passes will be specific to the ceremony
for which you have a reservation and must be presented at the Events Center (student robing area) to gain entrance.
Master’s and doctoral degree candidates register for their stage pass at the Graduate Division web site at
which also contains all other information regarding the Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony.
Your stage pass is also your photography slip. Please be sure to sign the card and include your permanent home address where
your Commencement ceremony photo proofs can be sent.
The Commencement processional line will form in the Events Center (Thunderdome) and proceed 1/4 mile to The Faculty Club
Green. Students should note that the walk from the Events Center to The Faculty Club Green includes walking on uneven
pavement, and through grass, therefore high-heeled shoes are not recommended. Plan to arrive
at the Events Center with your stage pass and cap and gown one hour prior to the beginning
of the ceremony. Bachelor’s Degree Candidates will need a stage pass to be admitted to the robing area and to participate
in the ceremony. Family of graduates will not be admitted to the Event Center. Commencement staff will
be available to assist you in the Events Center. The processional will leave the Events Center 20 minutes prior to the
ceremony. Please be prompt. As you reach the ceremony platform, you will hand your stage pass to the reader
on the platform at the time you are to be introduced and congratulated by the Chancellor. Each ceremony will last approximately
2 – 2 ½ hours. To accommodate a disability, please call the Office of Event Management and Protocol at (805) 893-2117.
Pre-arrange a specific site to meet your family and friends after the ceremony. When the ceremony ends,
follow the recessional line up the Faculty Club Green. Following the recessional you can meet your family and friends at
your pre-selected meeting place.
Food and Beverages
Drinking water will be available at the Events Center student staging area. All food or
beverages (cups, cans, plastic or glass bottles, flasks, coolers) except water must be disposed of in appropriate trash/recycle
containers. Alcoholic beverages, including celebratory champagne, are not permitted at Commencement
and will be confiscated and discarded.
Photography and Video
Guests are welcome to bring cameras. An official Commencement photographer, GradImages, will record all graduates receiving
congratulations from the Chancellor. Only official photographers will be permitted around the stage area. To
receive your proofs, you must sign your stage pass and provide your permanent home address or provide preprinted
name and major card for master’s and doctoral degree candidates. The ceremonies will also be professionally videotaped.
See enclosed form for information about ordering a DVD video. Visit the GradImages web site at www.gradimages.com or call (800) 261-2576.
There are no parking fees collected during Commencement weekend. Due to the impact on parking during Commencement weekend,
we ask you to follow the signs and park in designated parking areas as directed by parking staff. Please also make arrangements to carpool to campus with families and friends as campus is heavily impacted during the weekend.
Saturday 9:00 am – Mesa Lot 18
Sunday 9:00 am – Lot 22
Saturday 1:00 pm – Lot 22
Sunday 1:00 pm – Mesa Lot 18
Saturday 4:00 pm – Mesa Lot 18
Sunday 4:00 pm – Lot 22
For planning purposes please allow 45 minutes to exit campus once you get to your vehicle. Shuttles will be available to
transport guests to the Commencement site from specified parking areas. For Santa Barbara MTD bus schedule to campus, contact
(805) 963-3366. Guests displaying a disabled placard should follow the blue
signs to accessible parking in Lot 23 reserved for disabled guests.
Guest Seating (No tickets needed
– Suggested limit: six guests per undergraduate)
Seating is limited due to the large number of graduates and guests. NO tickets are needed. Guests should
arrive at least one hour before the ceremony begins to allow time to reach the Commencement site and secure
seating. To ensure that families and guests hear graduates’ names and see each graduate receive his or her degree, please
remain in your seat and maintain silence until all graduates have been introduced. Your cooperation will be sincerely appreciated
by the Class of 2017, their families and friends.
Site Access (Elderly
and Guests with Disabilities)
Access to the Commencement site may be challenging to guests who may have difficulty walking up and down a hill. Guests
should ask a UCSB parking attendant for instructions regarding access. Note: A limited number of wheelchairs
are available. Due to high demand, guests who may have difficulty walking up and down a hill should bring a wheelchair.
Limited covered seating is available for elderly and sun-sensitive guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
On-Site Live Streaming
Additional on-site accommodations for those with disabilities and the elderly include an air-conditioned lecture hall with a large screen that will show a live feed of the Commencement ceremonies.
The live feed will show in the Theater and Dance building, room 1701 and Loma Palona Center.
This location will allow for easy access to meet your graduating student after the ceremony. Seating is on a first come - first served basis.
Please visit www.bookstore.ucsb.edu for more information.
Undergraduate diplomas are mailed approximately 3-4 months after the date of graduation. Please see information on diplomas
at the Registrar’s web site registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/diploma.aspx
or email questions to GraduationMatters@sa.ucsb.edu.
Summer days in Santa Barbara can be foggy and cool or sunny and hot. Guests should prepare for varied weather conditions
by bringing a jacket or light sweater and sun protection.
Animal & Pet Policy
Only service animals are permitted on campus during Commencement exercises. For the safety of your pet and all guests, please leave your pet at home.
Alcohol, including celebratory champagne, is not permitted in the Commencement site and will be confiscated and discarded.
Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco or unregulated nicotine products (such as electronic cigarettes) is prohibited on and within UCSB managed property. UCSB managed property includes all UCSB
facilities, owned or leased, both indoor and outdoor. We thank you for not smoking or using any tobacco products.
Accommodations & Visitor Information
Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau
Progress & Degree Checks
Office of the Registrar
Letters & Science Academic Hotline
Announcements (800) 433-0296
Cap and Gown (805) 893-2330
Memorabilia (805) 893-8321
College of Engineering
Graduate Student Information
Graduate Division (805) 893-2277
If you have questions regarding Commencement, contact the Commencement Hotline at (805) 893-8289 or email Commencement@ia.ucsb.edu.