Guest Resources

Guests, we hope you are excited to celebrate the Class of 2024! 


COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION 

PREPARING FOR COMMENCEMENT

The venue will open one hour before the event start time. Check-in will take place at the main entrance of the venue on the Upper East Field. Guest tickets will be checked by staff at the main entrance.

Please be advised that all bags are subject to search when entering the venue. 

We ask that guests have their seats 15 minutes before the event start time, and the event will start promptly on the hour.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, June 14 

9 am - Crown College

1 pm - Merrill College

5 pm - College 9 and John R. Lewis College

Saturday, June 15

9 am - Porter College

1 pm - Cowell College

5 pm - Stevenson College

Sunday, June 16

9 am - Rachel Carson College

1 pm - Oakes College 

5 pm - Kresge College

Monday, June 17

9 am - Graduate Division

1 pm -Chicanx/Latinx Celebration

5 pm - Baskin Engineering Celebration

WHAT TO BRING

  1. Guest Ticket 
  2. Commencement Parking Permit (if parking)
  3. Reusable water bottle 

Students are responsible for sharing tickets and parking permits with their guests.

GUEST POLICY

Each graduate will be able to claim up to 5 guest tickets per event. Children under the age of 5 do not require a ticket. Graduates are responsible for sharing tickets with their guests. 

Seats and shading will be provided for all attendees. 

TRANSPORTATION & PARKING 

The only designated parking for Commencement is located at East Remote Parking (Lot 104). A commencement permit is required. Parking for commencement will be limited and we encourage graduates and their guests to carpool or use alternative transportation. All graduates will be eligible to collect one free parking permit per ceremony/celebration. Participating graduates will have the opportunity to purchase ONE additional permit for $25.00 for each ceremony/celebration. 

Visit the TAPS Commencement website for detailed parking & transportation information.

Commencement Transportation & Parking Map 

PLEASE NOTE: Permits will be collected at the event and displayed on the vehicle dashboard. Graduates and their guests MUST have a valid physical permit in possession to park at the ceremony/celebration. 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Signs and Banners, Umbrellas, Pets (ADA service animals are allowed), Drones, Confetti, Noise-Makers, Balloons, Alcohol, Smoking, or Other Drugs. 

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS

UCSC is strongly committed to making all of its programs and services accessible to students, campus employees, and members of the public. If graduates or guests need accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to include this information when registering to participate in commencement. 

SUSTAINABILITY 

UC Santa Cruz is deeply committed to sustainability and is striving to both reduce the amount of waste we generate, but also compost and recycle materials instead of sending them to landfills. For Commencement 2024, we're guiding to help guests support campus sustainability and zero waste goals. The campus prefers that plastic, disposable water bottles not be brought to campus. Guests are invited to bring a refillable water bottle – one that they will take with them at the end of their time on campus. 


GRADUATION GIFTS

Celebrate your graduate's accomplishments with a bouquet, lei, or t-shirt! Pre-order your selection to guarantee the size and color you want are available. All online orders will be available for pickup on-site the day of your graduate's scheduled commencement. Click here to purchase gifts today!


REGALIA & ANNOUCEMENTS 

If you wish to purchase your graduate's regalia, announcements, college ring, etc., please order here. The deadline to order is Friday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. If you miss the deadline to order online, you may purchase regalia and stoles at the Regalia tent at the entrance of the commencement venue on the Upper East Field.