Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement

Yes, there will be a livestream of all Commencement ceremonies. The web link will be posted on the Commencement Livestream page at the beginning of June.

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.

Tickets are NOT required to attend. Guests do not need to reserve seating. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

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.

All of the above may be obtained from the UCSB Bookstore. Please visit the website at

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.

The 2018 Senior Class Gift Fund will support the Sexual Assault Survivor Fund, administered by Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE). CARE provides confidential advocacy and support to students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. Gifts to the Sexual Assault Survivor Fund, provide modest financial support to cover unexpected, short-term, emergency expenses (for example immediate safety, health, or medical needs). The Senior vote to contribute to the Fund demonstrates that as a community, we will come together to create a culture that supports survivors and send a message that “You are not alone.” Donate today.

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

Only service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are permitted on campus during Commencement exercises. For the safety of your pet and all guests, please leave your pet at home.

Alcohol, including celebratory champagne, is not permitted in the Commencement site and will be confiscated and discarded.

Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco or unregulated nicotine products (such as electronic cigarettes) is prohibited on and within UCSB managed property. UCSB managed property includes all UCSB facilities, owned or leased, both indoor and outdoor. We thank you for not smoking or using any tobacco products.

Off Campus: Hotel and restaurant reservations need to be made as soon as your graduate has confirmed his or her ceremony time. Each ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours. Allow at least three hours from start of ceremony for restaurant reservations. For assistance with hotel reservations, call 1-800-793-7666 Hot Spots Reservations. For a list of local hotels, motels and restaurants, you can visit Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau.

Each ceremony will last approximately 2-2½ hours. Out of respect for everyone having their names called, please remain seated until all of the graduates have been recognized and the ceremony has ended.

Yes, there will be two conveniently located Concessions tents offering a wide variety of freshly prepared food and drinks available for purchase beginning at 7:30am both Saturday and Sunday.

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Questions About Commencement?

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

This event will be photographed or recorded. By entering the event space, you agree and grant irrevocable permission to have your likeness, image, voice, and appearance photographed and recorded for commercial purposes and used as embodied in titles TBD whether recorded on or transferred to videotape, film, slides, photographs, audio tapes or other media, now known or later developed, and to be included in a non-commercial promotional and news video.