• Saturday, June 9, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM | CCS Art Gallery (CCS Bldg. 494)


  • Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Campbell Hall

2018 Commencement Events

Congratulations! Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 Graduates and Degree Candidates are invited to participate in the June 2018 CCS Commencement events.



Spring 2018 Degree Candidates the Registrar’s deadline to officially declare candidacy for the UC Bachelors degree via GOLD is Monday, April 16th. The Registrar makes no exceptions to this deadline. Those who miss the April 16th deadline will need to declare candidacy for Summer 2018.

It is recommended that Summer and Fall 2018 Degree Candidates declare on GOLD now so that this will not be a concern later. The June 2018 CCS Commencement Ceremony is your official commencement ceremony whether you are a Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018 Degree Candidate (Fall 2018 Degree Candidates may choose to participate in the June 2019 ceremony if preferred).

If you are uncertain as to which quarter you will complete your degree, declare candidacy for the soonest possible quarter. It is easy to withdraw your candidacy later and re-declare.



CCS students must RSVP for the CCS Commencement weekend events via the graduation form by Friday, April 27th, 2018. Students received a link to this form via email. If you have not received the form link, and you are graduating this year, please contact Sara Sterphone.


Saturday, June 9, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM | CCS Art Gallery (CCS Bldg. 494)

The Pre-Commencement Celebration is an opportunity for students and guests to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of 2017-2018 with CCS faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that the CCS Art Gallery is a small venue. Graduates may invite up to two guests.


Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Campbell Hall

The ceremony begins promptly at 11:00 AM. GRADUATES AND DEGREE CANDIDATES MUST BE ON THE STAGE NO LATER THAN 10:30 AM. Stage directions will be given at this time. The ceremony will take place inside Campbell Hall (see next page for directions and parking information). Graduates may invite up to 8 guests. Space is limited; if more than 8 seats are needed, please contact Sara Sterphone after May 8th.  Please note: No tickets will be issued, but we do need a head count. For those unable to attend, the Ceremony will be recorded and live-streamed. Check this page on June 10th for the live-streaming link. DVDs will be available for order in the weeks following the ceremony for a small fee.

Light refreshments will be served outside in front of Campbell Hall in Campbell Hall Plaza immediately following the ceremony. This is a great opportunity for your guests to meet CCS faculty and staff.




Pre-Commencement Celebration Parking – Saturday, June 9th: Visitor parking is available in several lots and parking structures on campus including the following: Parking Structures 10, 18, and 22; and Parking Lots 3, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 16. Lots 3, 8, 9 and 5 are closest to the building, however, parking tends to be the most limited in these lots. To avoid being ticketed on Saturday, please be sure to place a valid parking permit on your dashboard and be mindful of all parking signage. Permits can be purchased from the permit dispensers situated on each lot. Click here for Campus Map.

Commencement Parking – Sunday, June 10th: On Sunday only, complimentary parking permits will be available at University Plaza (near the Information Kiosk) for all CCS Commencement Ceremony guests. Be sure to see the parking attendant stationed there to obtain the free permit and place it on your dashboard. Event Staff will then direct cars to nearby designated lots. Signs directing guests to CCS Commencement will be posted on campus for guests traveling both East (through Isla Vista) and West (via Highway 217 / Ward Memorial Boulevard). Disabled parking is available, and Campbell Hall is wheelchair accessible. Click here for Campus Map.


Campbell Hall will open at 10:00 am. Graduates must be on stage NO LATER THAN 10:30 AM. Stage directions will be given at this time. It is advised to arrive early and allow extra time for parking. Graduates will have a reserved seat on the stage; seats will be organized alphabetically by the quarter of candidacy. Seating is on a first-arrived, first-seated basis and the hall fills up quickly. Limited wheelchair seating is available in the hall; guests who require wheelchair seating should be certain to arrive early.


The CCS Commencement Ceremony is the first official UCSB ceremony during commencement week. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes and will include a keynote address by a guest speaker, brief reflections by CCS graduating seniors, and performance of original works composed by CCS Music Composition graduates.


Recommended attire is “dressy.” Cap and gown are optional. When deciding on an outfit, please bear in mind the ceremony will be held indoors, and the post-ceremony reception is outdoors. During the ceremony, graduates will be seated on stage facing the audience. For those interested, caps and gowns may be purchased online from the UCSB Bookstore starting March 1st, or in-store starting April 30th. Click here for more information.


These may be ordered from the UCSB Bookstore. More information including pricing and deadlines can be found at the link above.


CCS students who find themselves in an emergency situation or extenuating circumstance that prohibits them from attending the CCS Commencement Ceremony should talk to a CCS Staff Advisor in the CCS main office about their options.

Join us on social media! The official hashtags of 2018 CCS Commencement are #UCSB2018 and #CCS2018

Danna Staaf (Biology '04)
Danna Staaf (Biology '04)

Meet the 2018 CCS Alumni Commencement Speaker Danna Staaf (Biology '04)

Danna Staaf, Ph.D., is a freelance writer and science communicator with internationally recognized expertise in cephalopods—squid, octopus, cuttlefish and all their relatives. She fell in love with these animals at age ten and began keeping them as pets in a home aquarium. As an undergraduate in the College of Creative Studies (CCS Biology, ’04), she focused her first independent research project on the biology of the little-known California lilliput octopus. She also started her science blog, The Cephalopodiatrist. Both research and writing continued at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, where Staaf completed a dissertation on “Reproduction and Early Life of the Humboldt Squid” and created the Squid A Day blog still featured on Science 2.0.

Dr. Staaf now contributes news articles to outlets such as Science, KQED, and Gizmodo, and her short fiction and essays have appeared in various anthologies. Her first book, Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, was named one of the best science books of 2017 by NPR. She has also created several science outreach programs, including the popular biology program Squids4Kids. She has spoken at museums, aquariums, the tech company Google, public libraries, universities and schools at every grade level. She lives in San Jose with her husband and an unruly collection of kids, cats, and plants, and dreams of someday reviving her old saltwater aquarium.

Recent CCS Commencements 

Full 2017 Commencement 

Highlights of the 2016 Commencement 

Full 2015 Commencement