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Commencement FAQ

Where can I get my cap and gown?
The cap and gown can be purchased starting on Monday, May 8th, 2017, at the UCSB Bookstore. It can also be purchased in a Grad Pack. Click here.

Can I participate in any ceremony?
You may only participate in the ceremony for which you have a reservation and a stage pass.
For more information: Click here.

Where do I get the stage pass I reserved?
To participate you will need a stage pass which can be obtained June 12 through June 16, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM in the UCen Lobby. Stage passes will be moved to the Events Center on June 17.

Graduate students will pick up stage passes upon check-in at the Events Center on June 18, prior to line-up for Graduate Division Commencement Ceremony.

Where do I get information on honors?
Students interested in finding information regarding honors should contact their respective colleges. Honor cords can be purchased at the bookstore. For information contact Ann Springer at (805) 893-2330.

Will professional photographs and video of the ceremony be taken? How can I get mine?
For information call (800) 261-2576. To receive your photo, you must provide your address on the back of your stage pass.

What types of food services will be available?
The University Center Dining Services coffeehouse, Nicoletti’s, will be open at 7:30 AM, serving coffee, espresso, blended drinks, bagels and pastries. The Corner Store, a convenience store, opens at 7:30 AM for cold beverages and snacks. Jamba Juice, serving fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, opens at 8:00 AM. Root 217, Panda Express, and Subway will open at 11:00 AM, serving hot food. The UCSB Bookstore commencement tent, located near the commencement site, opens at 7:30 for cold beverages and snacks.

Food and beverages are not allowed into the Commencement site.
Alcoholic beverages, including celebratory champagne, are not permitted at the Commencement site and will be confiscated and discarded.

Is there special guest seating?
Seating takes place on a first come basis. Request limit: Six guests per undergraduate. No tickets necessary.
No guest limit per graduate student.

What time should my guests and I arrive at my ceremony?
Graduates should arrive at the Events Center one hour prior to the ceremony. Guests should arrive one hour prior to the ceremony to ensure parking and seating.

What about access and seating for the elderly, people with disabilities and sun-sensitive people?
People using wheelchairs or for whom a long walk is difficult should ask the parking attendants for directions to parking nearest the Commencement site. Please note that the Commencement site is located down a slight incline. Inquire at the Information tent at the top of the Commencement site for help with wheelchair access. There is limited sun-shaded seating, so sun-sensitive persons should arrive early. Hats and sunscreen are available for purchase at the Bookstore tent.

Will alumni gifts be available at the ceremony?
Bookstore will have a tent conveniently located near the Commencement site (7:30 AM - 6:00 PM) with a selection of alumni gifts and clothing, sun visors, hats, sunscreen, cold beverages, and snacks. The Bookstore will also be open Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Will flowers be available at the ceremony?
A selection of flowers, floral leis, and corsages will be available near the Commencement site.
Commencement Flowers website: Click here.

Orchid Leis, Single $30.00
Orchid Leis, Double $40.00
Kukui Lei (in school colors) $20.00
1/2 Dozen Long Stem Roses $20.00
1 Dozen Long Stem Roses $30.00
Spring Bouquets $20.00


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