UC Santa Barbara Commencement 2017

FAQ FOR STUDENTS

Can family and friends view the Commencement ceremonies on the web?
What are the procedures for Commencement?
How many guests may I invite?
Are tickets required for Commencement ceremonies and do my guests need to reserve seating?
Where do I get information on honors?
How do I become a student Commencement speaker?
How do I audition to sing at Commencement?
Where do I 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 do I find out if my major's department is holding a Commencement reception?


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.

What are the procedures for Commencement?

  • Make a reservation using Gold on the Web. Office of Student Life Commencement details.
    Note: Making a Commencement reservation does not mean you are eligible for an official degree from UCSB. A declaration of candidacy must also be made.
  • Buy regalia (cap and gown) at the Bookstore starting May 8 through June 16.
  • Undergraduates, pick up your stage pass June 12-16 from 9 AM - 4 PM inside the UCen Main Lobby. Show your UCSB student I.D. or a legal picture I.D. to receive your pass.
  • Students must report to the Event Center (Thunderdome) with their cap and gown AND stage pass 1 hour before their ceremony is to begin. No guests are allowed inside the Events Center. Alcohol is prohibited and will be confiscated at the door. Volunteers will be inside the Event Center (Thunderdome) to assist with putting on caps and gowns. Students may assemble and walk with friends. Any items left behind in the ECen may be reclaimed at the Commencement Information Tent Lost & Found.
  • At the appointed time, students will walk in-file along a designated route from the ECen to the Commencement area (Faculty Club Green). Each ceremony lasts for approximately two hours.

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, first-served basis.

Where do I get information on honors?

You will find information about honors at graduation in the UCSB General Catalog. For more specific information, contact your college. Each college and department may also award additional honors and will contact you directly if you are to receive special regalia.

How do I become a student Commencement speaker?

Each college has a procedure for selecting Commencement speakers; usually selection is made by a faculty committee based on nomination and interviews. Please contact your college for specific information.

How do I audition to sing at Commencement?

Inquire with the Office of Event Management and Protocol (805) 893-7382 once you have reserved a ceremony on GOLD.

Where do I 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 do I find out if my major's department is holding a Commencement reception?

Inquire at your major's department office at the beginning of spring quarter.


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