UC Santa Barbara Commencement 2017

FAQ FOR PARENTS

Can family and friends view the Commencement ceremonies on the web?
How many guests may I invite?
Are tickets required for Commencement ceremonies and do my guests need to reserve seating?
Are pets allowed on the Commencement site?
Is alcohol allowed on the Commencement site?
Is tobacco allowed on the Commencement site?
What about access and seating for the elderly, disabled and sun-sensitive guests?
Where does my student get announcements, class ring, diploma framing information, cap and gown information?
Are there any other associated fees for Commencement besides cap and gown purchase?
How soon do I need to make hotel and restaurant reservations?
How long does each ceremony last?
Will there be food and beverages available in the Commencement area?


Can family and friends view the Commencement ceremonies on the web?

Yes, there will be a live webcast of all Commencement ceremonies. The weblink will be posted on the Commencement homepage at the beginning of June.

How many guests may I invite?

To help maintain a high level of comfort and decorum, we request that undergraduate students in the College of Letters and Science ceremonies limit the number of guests to six.

Are tickets required for Commencement ceremonies and do my guests need to reserve seating?

Tickets are NOT required to attend. Guests do not need to reserve seating. Seats are on a first-come basis.

Are pets allowed on the Commencement site?

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 Policy

Alcohol, including celebratory champagne, is not permitted in the Commencement site and will be confiscated and discarded.

Tobacco Policy

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.

What about access and seating for the elderly, disabled and sun-sensitive guests?

Guests using wheelchairs, or for whom a long walk is difficult, should ask the parking attendants for direction to accessible parking. Shuttles will be available to transport guests to the Commencement site from specified parking areas. Inquire at the Commencement Information Tent by the upper entrance to the Faculty Club for help with wheelchair access. There is limited sun-shaded seating, so sun-sensitive persons should arrive early. Hats and sunscreen will be available for sale at the Bookstore tent.

Where does my student get announcements, class ring, diploma framing information, cap and gown information?

All of the above may be obtained from the UCSB Bookstore. The Bookstore will open a Commencement Graduation Center on April 3, 2017 where specific information on these items may be obtained. You can purchase Commencement announcements on-line at www.bookstore.ucsb.edu.

Are there any other associated fees for Commencement besides cap and gown purchase?

No; however, memorabilia such as diploma frames, the Stole of Gratitude, and announcements are extra. Please contact the UCSB Bookstore for more information and pricing.

How soon do I need to make hotel and restaurant reservations?

Hotel and restaurant reservations need to be made as soon as your graduate has confirmed his or her ceremony time. Each ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours. Allow at least three hours from start of ceremony for restaurant reservations. For assistance with hotel reservations, call 1-800-793-7666 Hot Spots Reservations. For a list of local hotels, motels and restaurants, you can visit Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau.

How long does each ceremony last?

Each ceremony will last approximately 2-2½ hours.

Will there be food and beverages available in the Commencement area?

Yes, there will be two conveniently located Concessions tents offering a wide variety of freshly prepared food and drinks available for purchase beginning at 7:30am both Saturday and Sunday.
Please click here for the 2017 menu.


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