Commencement 2020 Information Commencement 2020Please noteEach graduate will receive 6 tickets to distribute to their family and friends for attendance, as well as 2 parking passes. Unless a guest has a ticket, they will not be able to join us on campus for commencement. We will offer live-streaming for each commencement ceremony so individuals who are unable to join us in person can still cheer their grad on from afar.Students must register by May 4 to be guaranteed tickets and parking permits. For more information on how to register, visit the commencement checklist. The deadline to register to participate as a non-affiliate (in a ceremony other than the college you are affiliated with) is April 24.Commencement ChecklistThe commencement checklist provides a rough outline of the actions a student must take, in advance, in order to attend and participate in the commencement ceremony.Commencement is not the same thing as graduation. Graduation is the official acknowledgment that a student';s course of study is complete and, with that, a degree conferred. Commencement is the celebration that graduation has, or will soon occur.Graduation ChecklistMore information about graduationCommencement Weekend ScheduleFriday, June 12CeremonyTimeLocationDivision of Graduate Studies9:00 AMEast FieldBlack Grad11:00 AMQuarryEngineering1:30 PMEast FieldChicano/Latinx Year End Ceremony6:00 PMQuarrySaturday, June 13CeremonyTimeLocationKresge College9:00 AMEast FieldMerrill College11:00 AMQuarryCowell College1:30 PMEast FieldOakes College3:30 PMQuarryPorter College6:00 PMEast FieldSunday, June 14CeremonyTimeLocationCrown College9:00 AMQuarryCollege Nine11:00 AMEast FieldRachel Carson College1:30 PMQuarryCollege Ten3:30 PMEast FieldStevenson College6:00 PMQuarryCheck with your department or organization to find out about additional graduation celebrations.Transportation, Parking, and Accessibility InformationEach graduating student is provided only two parking passes for a total of two cars per graduate to park in the designated lot.Commencement transportation and parking informationResources and AmenitiesCommencement sites have a Programs &; Information tent, a Disability Support tent, and a First Aid tent. Drinking water is provided free of charge. UCSC Catering offers light refreshments for purchase (cash preferred). Restrooms are available in close proximity to the commencement seating areas.Clothing Recommendations for Guests / Sun ProtectionWeather on the UC Santa Cruz campus can change dramatically in a very brief span of time. A chilly, foggy morning may quickly change to a hot, sun-filled day. While rain is unlikely in June, there have been commencements that have experienced unexpected rain, so check on weather predictions and dress accordingly. For these reasons, it is advised that guests dress in layers that can be easily put on or taken off as temperatures change over the course of the day.Most importantly, flat, comfortable shoes, rather than heels, are recommended due to ;the soft lawns upon which the commencement ceremonies are held and the terrain of campus. Sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen are recommended.The UC Santa Cruz campus is deeply committed to sustainability. You are invited to bring a refillable water bottle;; one that you will take with you at the end of your time on campus. Complimentary water stations will be available at the commencement sites. The campus prefers that plastic, disposable water bottles not be brought to campus.What NOT to bring to commencementPetsADA Service animals are the only animals visitors may bring to campus. Pets are not allowed on campus grounds nor can they remain in vehicles for the duration of a commencement ceremony. You will be turned away from campus if you arrive with a pet. There are many kennels, animal day care operations and similar in Santa Cruz.DronesDrones are not permitted during commencement ceremonies.No SmokingAll UC campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes and other nicotine products are strictly prohibited. This policy will be strictly enforced.No Confetti, No Noise-makersConfetti, loud noise-makers, and other items that produce litter or disruptive noise are not permitted.Single-Use Water BottlesUCSC strongly supports sustainability efforts. It is greatly appreciated if you bring a reusable water container instead of disposable plastic bottles.UCSC MemorabiliaThe Bay Tree Bookstore will sell souvenirs and flowers at the commencement sites. The Bookstore offers opportunities to purchase class rings, books, and many items to remember this special day.Once a Slug, Always a SlugThe Banana Slug Network does not end after graduation, it is a life long community. Young alumni &; recent graduates make up more than half of our entire UC Santa Cruz alumni population (a total of over 100,000 alumni). Stay connected, find out more regarding the perks of being a Banana Slug Alum, and be a volunteer to help shape our growing alumni program.Lodging and RestaurantsThe Santa Cruz area offers a wide range of guest accommodations and restaurants. Given the thousands of commencement visitors please plan ahead and make your reservations early, as accommodations and dining reservations are in short supply during this busy commencement week.