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Graduates Please Note
- Rehearsal is on Friday, June 14th at 1:00 on the BSOE Courtyard. Please plan to attend. This is when you can pick up your parking permits.
- Please plan to check-in on Graduation day starting at 2:00 but no later than 3:00 (E-2, 2nd floor Lanai area); the line-up will start at 3:30 and the procession will start promptly at 4:00.
- Please note that in order to participate in the BSOE graduation celebration, you must have completed your degree requirements in the Winter Quarter 2013 or will complete them by no later than the end of Fall Quarter 2013.
- Graduates, please reserve your regalia (cap and gown) through the bookstore (see above for the bookstore link).
- Following the graduation ceremony, the Bookstore will have a regalia drop-off box on the upper courtyard for a limited period of time; as you leave the upper courtyard after the graduation ceremony, please be sure to stop at the drop-off box to return your regalia. If the drop-off box is not there when you leave, you will need to return your regalia to the Bookstore on Monday.
- Please share this website with your guests; be sure they are aware of parking and number of allowable guests.
Courtyard Guest Seating
The Courtyard has limited seating for our graduation guests. There will be approximately 800 chairs on the courtyard along with limited seating next to the E2 building. A limited number of additional chairs will be placed on the Upper Courtyard and the E-2 balcony. There is also standing room on the two courtyards and the balcony. Due to limited seating, we ask our guests not to reserve seating for late arrivals. All seating that is not occupied by 3:45, will be opened up to guests who are standing. We do have additional seating in the Baskin Engineering Auditorium which will have a live-feed of the ceremony.
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Jorge Luis Valdes Ph.D. currently serves as an expert STEM education advisor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Office of Education and Outreach where he develops professional development programs for K-12 teachers that bridge intellectual property and innovation to STEM. Dr. Valdes is also a science educator at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in New Jersey where he has taught chemistry, physics and astronomy and helped students launch a science experiment on-board the last NASA space shuttle. He serves as President, CEO and co-founder of Young Science Achievers, an organization with 25-years of service in inspiring more girls and under-represented students across the country to pursue careers and fields of study in STEM. In the private sector, Dr. Valdes held senior leadership roles at Alcatel-Lucent, Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories where he managed cutting-edge research and development programs in analytical chemistry, process engineering, materials science, silicon process, technology transfer, and intellectual property licensing. While at Bell Labs, Dr. Valdes had global responsibilities for product reliability and quality assurance research programs spanning all telecommunication networks, products and services. He received the prestigious E. O. Lawrence Laureate award from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996 for his pioneering innovation work in chemical generation of reagents used throughout the semiconductor industry, a technology having profoundly positive implications for the energy efficient production of high purity chemicals, environmental health, and cost reduction in manufacturing. He has an executive MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, a Ph.D. degree in Electrochemical Engineering from Columbia University, and B.S., M.S. and M.Phil. degrees in Chemical Engineering also from Columbia. He holds 33 U.S. and international patents for material and process inventions, has published more than 100 science and technology research papers in peer-reviewed journals and magazines, and has won numerous corporate and industry awards for his leadership in education, diversity and supply chain business diversity.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many parking permits will I receive?
Each student will receive two parking permits (includes student and guests).
- When can I pick up my parking permits?
You will be able to pick up your two parking permits when you attend the graduation rehearsal on June 14th at 1:00 on the courtyard.
- When can my guests access the courtyard?
Guests will be able to enter the courtyard at 2:30.
- How long will the ceremony last?
The ceremony typically lasts about 90 minutes.
- Is there a graduation photographer?
Yes, we will again be using GradImages photography. They will be taking photos of all the graduates as they walk across the stage. Proofs of the photos will be sent directly to the student.
- Will there be flower vendors before graduation begins?
Yes, we anticipate 1-2 flower vendors will be on site before graduation begins. They will
be located on the upper courtyard area.
- Will there be food before or during the ceremony?
- We anticipate that some of our student organizations will be selling beverages and other snacks prior to the ceremony.
- Drinking water is available from dispensers located on the upper and lower courtyards
- If you have small children with you, we encourage you to bring snacks for them.
- There are NO campus eateries open graduation weekend. You are encouraged to eat before you arrive on campus.
- The BSOE will have a limited supply of cookies and lemonade available for our guests.
- What if I lose my sunglasses, jacket, etc. while at graduation?
We have an Information table on the upper courtyard that is also the location of lost and found as well as a First Aid kit.
- Where will I pick up a program? May I get more than one?
Programs will be available at a number of locations as you enter the Upper and Lower Courtyards. We encourage individuals to take one per person or one or two per family. If you need more, of course you are welcome to take additional copies.
- Can I take photos during the ceremony?
Yes, you may take photos and videos of your graduate during the ceremony. However, you may not step into the procession path when students are walking into and out of the courtyard. Tripods are also not allowed on the courtyard.
- Where do my guests park?
Guests will park in the Core West Parking Structure. Parking on campus will require a special graduation day parking permit, including vehicles with handicapped placards. Vehicles not displaying parking permits may be cited.
- How many guests can I have attend the graduation?
As of now, each student will be able to have up to seven guests.
PLEASE NOTE: there will be limited seating on the courtyard; it is possible that your guests may not all be able to sit together. However, there will be Standing Room Only availability on the courtyard. Guests are also able to sit or stand on the E2 balcony.
We do have additional seating in the Baskin Engineering Auditorium which will have a live-feed of the ceremony.
- Will my guests need to have tickets to sit on the courtyard?
We do not anticipate handing out tickets for seating on the courtyard.
- Will there be reserved disabled seating?
Yes, there will be reserved seating for guests with disabilities -- you may reserve seating for a disabled guest plus one. When the student registers for graduation, they will need to note the name of the person as well as disability (wheelchair, vision, etc.) under Accommodations on the registration form.
PLEASE NOTE: all seats not occupied 15 minutes before the ceremony begins will be released to general seating.
- What if it rains?
If rain is in the forecast, please plan accordingly as the ceremony is held outside on the
courtyard and there is no overhead cover.
For safety and visibility reasons, umbrellas ARE NOT allowed on the courtyard.
PLEASE NOTE: There is seating available in the Baskin Auditorium which will have a live-feed of the ceremony.
- What will the weather be like?
- The weather on graduation day may vary from very warm and sunny to cool, breezy and perhaps even light precipitation. Please plan accordingly.
- You are encouraged to dress in layers (sweater, coat) in case the weather fluctuates from cool to warm.
- A hat is encouraged as the courtyard is mostly situated in the sun with minimal shade.
- Bring sunscreen in case it is a warm, sunny day or overcast; there is limited shade on the courtyard.
- PLEASE NOTE: Umbrellas ARE NOT allowed on the courtyard.
Maps & Directions
Please enter campus via the West Entrance (Empire Grade Road) and follow the WEST signage as indicated on your parking permit. Once on campus, follow signage for School of Engineering Ceremony.
Lodging & Accommodations
Guests who are planning to spend graduation weekend in Santa Cruz should consider making hotel/motel reservations early. June is the beginning of tourist season in Santa Cruz and graduation weekend is extremely busy.
For information on lodging, local restaurants, and things to do while visiting Santa Cruz, please visit the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council.
Origin of the Baskin School of Engineering Graduation
The BSOE's graduation ceremony (graduation celebration) is independent of the colleges and graduate division's commencement celebrations, and is arranged for a day and time that won't interfere with those ceremonies.
The first organized CE/CS graduation ceremony, proposed during the 1994-1995 academic year, was arranged by and for computer science and computer engineering students who realized the bond between CE/CS students. Having shared so many experiences together, they also wanted to share the memorable occasion of graduation with their peers and colleagues.
As one codes a program or builds that project one also builds friendships. It is these friendships that add more meaning to your goal as an undergraduate. - CE/CS Graduation Committee, Class of 1995
Please e-mail the Dean's Office with any questions or concerns.