UC Santa Barbara Commencement 2017

Chancellor Yang addresses the Commencement audience. View of the graduating class seated at commencemenet. Three graduating men give the 'hang loose' sign. A graduate poses for a photo with his family. Looking down on the Commencement ceremony from high above. Looking at the Commencement ceremony from the stage.

2017 Commencement

UC Santa Barbara is in the midst of planning Commencement for the Class of 2017! Complete details on the June ceremonies will be posted on this page as they become available.

Commencement weekend will be held on June 17-18, 2017

College of Creative Studies: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management: Friday, June 16, 2017
Commencement Weekend: Saturday, June 17, 2017 and Sunday, June 18, 2017

For a full list of the 2017 Commencement schedule please click here.


Undergraduate Registration

Step 1: Declare Candidacy on GOLD
Declare candidacy on GOLD to receive an official degree from UC Santa Barbara.

Step 2: Confirm a reservation in a Commencement ceremony

  • Commencement Pass Ⅰ
    January 23, 2017 - February 17, 2017
    Seniors with at least 152 units completed or in progress during the winter 2017 quarter are eligible to make a reservation for the spring Commencement ceremony assigned to their major on GOLD.
  • Commencement Pass Ⅱ
    February 21, 2017 - March 17, 2017
    Seniors with at least 152 units completed or in progress during the spring 2017 quarter are eligible to make a reservation for a spring Commencement ceremony assigned to their major on GOLD.

Graduate Registration

The Graduate Division Ceremony will be held Sunday, June 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Registration for the 2017 Graduate Division Commencement Ceremony will open mid-to-end of February 2017. The deadline for doctoral, master’s, and credential students to register is Friday, May 5, 2017. For more information about participating in the Graduate Division Commencement, please visit http://graddiv.ucsb.edu/commencement.


Directions to UCSB

Traveling South on U.S. Highway 101: Take the Storke Road/Glen Annie Road exit off U.S. 101 approximately 12 miles north of Santa Barbara. Turn right on Storke Road and proceed two miles to El Colegio Road. Turn left on El Colegio Road and proceed to the campus entrance. Follow Commencement parking signs to available parking.

Traveling North on U.S. Highway 101: Take the Airport/UCSB exit [Highway 217] off U.S. 101 to the campus entrance approximately eight miles north of Santa Barbara. Follow Commencement parking signs to available parking. NOTE: Ongoing road improvements on Highway 217 may cause intermittent traffic delays as traffic approaches campus and Henley Gate.



hashtag for commencement The official hashtag of 2017 Commencement is #UCSB2017.
Join us on social media to celebrate and congratulate our graduates.



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