Commencement at College Nine


The College Nine
Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 1:30pm in the Quarry Amphitheater.


    College Nine
    Commencement Ceremony
    College Nine
    Commencement Program

  • Commencement Tickets


    Commencement weekend is exciting and celebratory.  We must also ensure it is accessible and safe for all patrons.  Fourteen separate events are hosted in two major campus venues over a three-day period. These 14 events include one Graduate and ten Undergraduate degree-conferring ceremonies, and three very large scale departmental celebrations. Due to a maximum seating capacity at one of the commencement venues and overall limitations in parking availability, transit and time duration between each event, for the first time ever we are utilizing ticketing for each of the ceremonies. Doing so will assist participants in knowing they will have a seat from which to participate and will enable us to ensure guests for the subsequent ceremony will have a place to park and time to arrive for their graduate's ceremony.   

    Each graduate will receive 6 tickets to distribute to their family and friends for attendance, as well as 2 parking passes.
    Guests who do not possess a ticket will not be permitted entrance into any ceremony.  
    Drivers of vehicles that do not possess a parking pass will not be permitted to park.

    Ticket will be made available to students who are registered for our commencement ceremonies beginning on May 15th.

    The campus will live-stream each of the 14 commencement ceremonies/celebrations so that individuals who are unable to travel or participate in person will have a front row seat from virtually anywhere in the world.

    If you have general questions about commencements at UCSC, you can contact

  • Graduation and Commencement are not the same.

    They have separate online processes and separate timelines. 



    Graduation is the act of conferring an academic degree (receiving your degree or diploma). To do this you must apply via the portal at the start of the quarter in which your academic record will be complete. Do not apply to graduate now if you will take summer classes or will finish in Fall 2019. Please pay close attention to the deadlines the registrar has for graduation application. For instructions on how to apply, click here.



    Commencement is a ceremony to celebrate completion of your college career and does not guarantee the completion of your degree. You can find the link to register for Commencement below.

  • Here is the info you'll need to navigate your way through Commencement at College Nine!



    Check your degree completion requirements.

    You'll want to check with your departmental adviser to confirm you've completed the requirements for your major before you apply to graduate.

    You'll also want to check on your portal to confirm you've completed all the degree requirements outside of your major, like GE credits or the Writing component.
    Be sure to consult with an academic advisor at your college if there are discrepancies, or if you have questions about graduation requirements.

    Register for the College Nine Commencement Ceremony! 

    You must meet two conditions in order to be eligible for participation in the 2019 College Nine Commencement Ceremony.

    1. You must have completed at least 150 credits by the end of Winter Quarter 2019.
    2. You must complete all requirements & coursework and graduate by the end of Fall Quarter 2019.

    All students who register for the College Nine Commencement Ceremony will have their records reviewed for eligibility. Ineligible students will be notified in May.

    The deadline to apply was May 10th, 2019.

    Students who did not register before May 10th are not guaranteed tickets, parking permits, or inclusion in the printed program.

    Students who still wish to participate in the Commencement Ceremony may contact for more information. 

  • Don't forget to take care of these important steps! 



    Check your Public Information Status.

    This is very important. Please read carefully.
    Your name and major are among the public information that the University can disclose in publications like the College Nine Commencement Program. On your student portal you can limit the University’s ability to release this kind of information.


    You have the ability to control how the University discloses your public information (like your name and major) in publications (like the printed Commencement program). You can adjust your status in your MyUCSC Portal. On the May 10th, 2019 registration deadline we will check with the University to confirm your public information status.

    • If your public information status is set to "RELEASE ALL RESTRICTIONS" we can include your name in publications, like the commencement program or other public, commencement-related documents.
    • If your public information status is set to "RESTRICT ALL FIELDS" we CANNOT legally include your name in publications, like the commencement program or other public, commencement-related documents.
    • If you would like your public information to remain generally RESTRICTED, but you would like to be included in the commencement program, you can select the "RELEASE TO PUBLICATION" option and choose "COMMENCEMENT PROG & HONORS LIST". You can find instructions on how to do this here:



    Order your Cap & Gown, and more from the Bay Tree Bookstore.


    Click HERE to visit the Bookstore's Graduation Center.

    The folks at the Bookstore strongly urge that you visit the bookstore during Grad Fair week to take care of your graduation needs. Why? As Spring quarter progresses, you will be busy with finalizing your major, with making preparations for your family visit and with planning your life post-graduation. This can be a very overwhelming time filled with excitement and pride but also a little bit of anxiety and fear. It does not take long to reserve your gown, order your announcements and select a ring so we urge you to get these highly important details out of the way as soon as possible! 

    Grad Fair Hours: Tuesday, April 16 – Friday, April 19, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Graduation Center Hours: Tuesday, April 16 through Friday June 7, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Online ordering is open from April 16 – May 31.

    Regalia Distribution Dates:

    June 10th – 16th. Hours and more detailed information will be available soon on the Bookstore's Graduation Center webpage. Distribution takes place on the second floor of the Bay Tree Bookstore.

    Regalia Returns:

    Gowns should be returned immediately following your ceremony or reception. There will be drop-off stations marked "Gown Return" at each ceremony. Returns will also be taken at the Bay Tree Bookstore on Saturday, 8:00AM – 7:00PM and on Sunday, 8:00AM – 7:00PM. Any gowns not returned by Sunday must be returned to the Bay Tree Bookstore on Monday, June 17 during regular store hours. Students who do not return regalia will be billed for replacement costs.




    Attend the Commencement Ceremony rehearsal.


    A brief commencement rehearsal for both College Nine and College Ten will be held at the end of finals week in June. Meet at the Quarry Plaza. We will walk through the ceremony procedures and answer any last minute questions.

    The rehearsal is tentatively set for Thursday, June 13th at 10:00am.


Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you in June!