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Commencement Stage Pass Distribution

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Commencement will take place during the weekend of June 16-17, 2018.


STEP 1: DECLARE CANDIDACY FOR OFFICIAL DEGREE

In order to officially graduate, students must declare candidacy on GOLD even if they are not planning to participate in a commencement ceremony. Refer to the Graduation tab on GOLD. The following deadlines apply:

Fall 2017
Last day to declare candidacy: Monday, October 9, 2017

Winter 2018
Last day to declare candidacy: Monday, January 22, 2018

For more information, refer to the Office of the Registrar (http://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/candidacy.aspx). Detailed information on the entire graduation process (declaring candidacy, completing degree requirements, degree audit and evaluation, diplomas, undergraduate honors, etc.) can be found at http://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/gradinfo.aspx.

STEP 2: MAKE A COMMENCEMENT RESERVATION

In order to participate in a commencement ceremony, students must reserve a spot. Seniors in the College of Letters and Science and College of Engineering declaring degree candidacy in 2018 who wish to participate in commencement must make a reservation for their major ceremony using GOLD beginning January 29, 2018.  Students may only make a reservation for the ceremony associated with their declared major.

The last day to make a 2018 commencement reservation is Friday, March 9, 2018
Note: there is only one 'pass time' to make a commencement reservation in 2018. For information on commencement reservations and deadlines please visit the Event Management & Protocol's Commencement page.        

*DO NOT MAKE ANY PLANS BASED ON A PARTICULAR CEREMONY UNTIL YOU HAVE A CONFIRMED RESERVATION ON GOLD.
      

REGALIA (CAP AND GOWN) & ANNOUNCEMENTS

The UCSB Bookstore (www.bookstore.ucsb.edu) will open a Commencement Graduation Center April 30, 2018 where specific information on regalia, announcements, class rings, diploma frames and related items may be obtained. Grad Packs will be available online for purchase and caps and gowns will be available individually for purchase in the bookstore.

STAGE PASS DISTRIBUTION

All seniors who have declared candidacy and reserved a spot in their designated ceremony will need to pick up their Stage Pass for Commencement. This stage pass is the student's ticket in to their ceremony - without it, they will not be permitted to cross the stage.

  • Stage passes are available for pickup from Monday, June 11, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the University Center Lobby.
  • If you cannot pick up your stage pass during finals week, they will be available for pickup outside the Event Center (Thunderdome) before each Commencement ceremony. Please note: We HIGHLY recoommend picking up your stage pass during finals week as lines tend to be long at distribution tables during Commencement weekend.

COMMENCEMENT REMINDERS & RESOURCES

  • There is information about parking, accessibility and FAQ about Commencement on the UCSB Commencement website. 
  • Tickets are NOT required to attend. Guests do not need to reserve seating. Seats are on a first-come basis. However, we request that undergraduate students invite no more than six guests.
  • On the day of your Commencement ceremony, students must report to the Event Center (Thunderdome) with their cap and gown AND stage pass ONE HOUR before their ceremony is to begin. No guests are allowed inside the Events Center.
  • Alcohol is prohibited and will be confiscated at the door. Volunteers will be inside the Event Center (Thunderdome) to assist with putting on caps and gowns. Students may assemble and walk with friends. Any items left behind in the ECen may be reclaimed at the Commencement Information Tent Lost & Found.
For more information and FAQ, please use the following resources:


Commencement Website: www.ucsb.edu/commencement

Commencement Hotline (805) 893-8289

Commencement E-mail Hotline commencement@ia.ucsb.edu