Commencement Directions and Parking

Traveling South on the U.S. 101 Freeway

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 the U.S. 101 Freeway

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.

For important updates, please visit the Transportation & Parking Services website and tune into AM 1610 within two miles of campus for traffic information.

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Parking will be impacted and limited.

No parking fees are collected during Commencement weekend. Due to the impact on parking during Commencement weekend, we ask you to follow the signs and park in designated areas as directed by event staff. If possible, please make arrangements to carpool to campus with families and friends as campus is heavily impacted during the weekend.

For planning purposes please allow 45 minutes to exit campus. Shuttles are available to transport guests to the Commencement site from specified parking areas. For Santa Barbara MTD bus schedule to campus, contact (805) 963-3366.

Guests displaying an officially issued disabled placard or license plate should follow the blue signs to accessible parking in Lot 23 reserved for disabled guests.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Parking may not be immediately adjacent to the entrance to the commencement site and a 1/4 to 3/4 mile walk may be required if space on the shuttles not available.

To view a map of campus, please visit our Interactive Campus Map.

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Questions About Commencement?

Contact the Commencement Hotline at (805) 893-8289 or email

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