Commencement FAQ

Do I need a ticket to attend?
Tickets are not necessary but each graduate is limited to two parking passes.

What time should graduates and guests arrive for the ceremony?
Graduates should refer to college information prior to the ceremony for arrival time and location. Guests should arrive no more than one hour prior to the ceremony to obtain parking and seating in order to allow guests of the preceding ceremony time to exit.

Is there special guest seating?
As services vary by college, please check on your graduate’s college web site for seating information.

What about parking?
Parking is limited. Carpooling is recommended and encouraged. Commencement parking passes (two per graduating student) are issued by the student’s college and must be displayed on your vehicle’s dash. Please talk to your graduate for permit availability.

Seating and disabilities access?
Graduating students can request disability parking passes from their college. Inquire at the commencement site for help with wheelchair access. There is limited sun-shaded seating and it is usually on a first come, first served basis. Please note that each commencement site has different parking and seating configurations.

Will alumni gifts be available at the ceremony? What will be available on site?
For those ceremonies located at the East Field, there will be a UCSC Bookstore tent with a selection of alumni gifts, clothing, batteries, sun visors, hats and sunscreen. The Bay Tree Bookstore will also be open Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Will flowers be available at the ceremony?
A selection of flowers and floral leis will be available at each commencement site:

  • Orchid Leis (single and double)
  • Rose Bouquets
  • Spring Bouquets