UC Santa Barbara Commencement 2017


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Specific questions regarding Commencement accommodations may be directed to the Office of Event Management & Protocol at (805) 893-2117.

Commencement Weekend Resources
June 17 – June 18, 2017


UC Santa Barbara will live web stream all commencement ceremonies. Please check back in June for the access link.


Parking during commencement weekend is free to all guests. Those with government-issued parking placards may park in Lot 23. Please have your placard visible on your vehicle's dashboard so our traffic assistants can guide you to the appropriate lot.

Large Print and Braille Programs

A limited amount of these programs will be available on-site at our lower information tents for each ceremony.


Sign language interpreters are available upon request for all UC Santa Barbara Commencement ceremonies. Please contact the Office of Event Management & Protocol at (805) 893-2117 to make arrangements.

Sun Sensitive Seating

Our commencement site is outdoors and Santa Barbara weather in June tends to be unpredictable. In case of a warm day, shaded tent seating is available on-site. We ask that parties limit the use of these tents to two guests.

Alternative Viewing Location

Theater and Dance Room 1701 and Loma Pelona Center
Additional on-site accommodations for those who would prefer to watch from an indoor venue, include an temperature controlled auditorium that will show a live feed of the commencement ceremonies. This location will allow for easy access to meet your graduating student after the ceremony. Seating is on a first come - first served basis.


Trolleys will be available to pick up passengers at University Plaza and Lot 23 on Commencement Weekend.


Accessible portable restrooms are located on-site near Hatlen Theater.

Wheelchair Rentals

Due to the size of campus and slope of the commencement site, some guests may want to consider using a wheelchair for this event. Guests may find it helpful to make these arrangements before traveling to Santa Barbara.

UCSB Commencement 2017 campus map

If you have questions regarding Commencement, contact the Commencement Hotline at (805) 893-8289 or email Commencement@ia.ucsb.edu.