2018 Commencement 

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.

Pre-Commencement Celebration

Saturday, June 9, 2018 | CCS Gallery

The Pre-Commencement Celebration will take place Saturday afternoon in the College of Creative Studies Art Gallery. This is an opportunity for students and family to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of 2017-2018 with CCS faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Please note: The Art Gallery is a small venue. Graduates may invite up to two guests.


Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 11:00 AM | Campbell Hall

*For those unable to attend, the Ceremony will be recorded and live-streamed. Check the this page on June 10th for the live-stream. Please note that the live stream may not work on Internet Explorer on devices with pre-Windows 7 operating systems.*

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

Commencement Ceremony Program
The CCS Commencement Ceremony is the first official UCSB ceremony during commencement week. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. The Chancellor will preside over the ceremony, and will first welcome everyone. The CCS Dean will then say a few words. There will be brief reflections by three CCS graduating seniors, as well as a keynote address by a CCS alumna/alumnus. Original works by CCS graduating music students will be performed. Finally, the degrees will be conferred.

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

Recommended Attire
Usual attire is “dressy”. Some students prefer to dress more formally than others. Historically, most CCS graduates do not wear the cap and gown. However, each year some CCS grads choose to do so. It is your ceremony, so make this decision accordingly. When choosing what to wear, 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.

Recent CCS Commencements 

Full 2017 Commencement 

Highlights of the 2016 Commencement 

Full 2015 Commencement