Graduation Celebration - June 18, 2017 - 5:30 - West Field

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Commencement Speaker



Bud Colligan
Founder & CEO, South swell Ventures

Bud Colligan is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, whose mission is to create a thriving region which works for all stakeholders. He is the Founder and CEO of South Swell Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on technology investments in the Monterey Bay region. Mr Colligan founded Central Coast Angeles and is a founding board member of Santa Cruz Works. He is an investor in and advisor to many companies in the Monterey Bay region and Silicon Valley.

Previously, Mr. Colligan was on the original Macintosh team at Apple and led Apple's Higher Education Marketing Group. He is also Chairman and CEO of Macromedia, a multimedia software company acquired by Adobe and Partner at Accel Partners, a global venture capital firm, whose investments include Facebook, Kayak, DropBox, Slack and


Graduates Please Note

  • Rehearsal is on June 16th at 1:00 on the West Field. Please plan to attend. This is when you pick up your parking permits and check your reader cards.
  • Check in time the day of the ceremony--please plan to check-in starting at 4:00 pm but no later than 4:30 pm (Oakes College Learning Center); the line-up will start at 4:45 and the procession will start promptly at 5:30.
  • Please note that in order to participate in the BSOE graduation celebration, you must have completed your degree requirements during the 2016-17 academic year or will complete them no later than the end of Fall Quarter 2017.
  • Graduates, please reserve your regalia (cap and gown) through the bookstore (see above for the bookstore link).
  • Following the graduation celebration ceremony, the Bookstore will have a regalia drop-off box for a limited period of time; as you leave the West Field 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 shuttle buses.
  • If you have family who are coming from abroad who need a visa, UCSC International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has tips on what you can provide to assist them with their application ( If you have any questions please contact ISSS at:


Guest Seating

The West Field has plenty of seating for our graduation guests. There is seating available on the field as well as a covered bleacher. There is also covered seating area for guests in wheelchairs.

PLEASE NOTE: UC Santa Cruz is a smoke-free campus.


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 2 parking permits when you attend the rehearsal on June 16th at 1pm.

  • What if one of my guests requires accessible parking?

    If one of your guests uses a wheelchair or motorized mobility device, or if ascending two steps in a shuttle vehicle is problematic for them, please request an accessible parking pass during rehearsal (this will count as 1 of your 2 allotted permits). The accessible parking pass will allow your guest to park in a designated area in the West Remote Parking Lot.

    When you arrive in the lot, look for a Disability Van Service (DVS) vehicle and indicate to the driver the need for this service. Should you arrive at the lot and not see a DVS van, tell a campus shuttle driver and they will dispatch one to the lot. As these vans can only carry a few people at a time, we suggest that those who need to ride these vans have one person from their party accompany them; the rest of their party can walk the short distance to the ceremony site. The West Field is flat and grassy. If requested, students will be available with wheelchairs to assist guests to their seats.

  • When can my guests access the West Field?
    Guests will be able to enter the West Field at 4:30.
  • How long will the ceremony last?
    The ceremony typically lasts approximately 90 minutes.
  • Is there a photographer?
    Yes, we will 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 the ceremony begins?
    Yes, we anticipate 1-2 flower vendors will be on site before the ceremony begins.
  • Will there be food before or during the ceremony?
    • Drinking water is available from dispensers located on the West Field
    • If you have small children with you, we encourage you to bring snacks for them.
    • There will be light refreshments available for purchase near the West Field ceremony site. You are encouraged to eat before you arrive on campus.
  • What if I lose my sunglasses, jacket, etc. while at graduation?
    There will be an Information table on the West Field 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 West Field. 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 West Field. Tripods are allowed in areas only that do not obstruct the view of other guests.
  • Where do my guests park?
    Guests should follow signage directing them to the WEST and Engineering signage; there will also be people directing your guests to parking.
  • How many guests can I have attend the graduation?
    We will not be monitoring number of guests.
  • Will my guests need to have tickets for entry to the West Field?
    No; tickets are not required
  • Will there be reserved disabled seating?
    Yes, there will be a covered area designated as Disabled seating. When students register to participate, they will need to let us know if one of their guests has a disabiity such as wheelchair, hearing, vision, etc. so that we can accommodate their needs.
  • What if it rains?
    If rain is in the forecast, please plan accordingly as the ceremony is held outside on the
    West Field and there is limited overhead cover. For safety and visibility reasons, umbrellas ARE NOT allowed on the West Field seating area during 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 West Field 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 West Field.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Umbrellas ARE NOT allowed on the West Field while the ceremony is taking place.


Maps, Directions and Parking

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.