Commencement 2023

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.


Parking will be impacted and limited. Due to the impact on parking during Commencement, please make arrangements to carpool. We ask you to follow the signs and park in designated areas as directed by the event staff. No parking fees are collected during Commencement weekend.

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For planning purposes please allow 60 minutes to exit campus.

Shuttles are available to transport guests to the Commencement site from Commencement parking areas. For Santa Barbara MTD bus schedule to campus, contact (805) 963-3366.

View the UCSB Interactive Campus Map to see parking locations, shuttle stops, walking routes and more.

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

Commencement guests displaying an officially issued disabled placard or license plate should follow the blue signs to accessible 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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