Graduation Celebration - June 15, 2018 - 5:00pm - East Field

BSOE Graduation 2017

Register to Walk in the BSOE Graduation Celebration Bay Tree Bookstore Grad Center (to order your cap and gown)

Note: Registering for this graduation ceremony is not the same as applying to graduate.

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Graduation Celebration General Information

There will not be a graduation rehearsal for students this year. Students will check in at 2:30 on the day of the celebration. Students will be arranged into groups by department after they have checked in. Each department will follow assigned student leaders to their seats at the start of the procession and then from their seats at the close of the ceremony.


Each graduate will receive up to two permits for graduation celebration parking. Permit pick up will take place June 6th - June 13th from 8:00am - 3:30pm in BE 399. Registered students will receive an email reminder the week prior. Parking permits for the graduation celebration are valid at the East Remote Lot starting at 3pm, June 15th.

If guests are joining us for Open House, please see parking information for that event. 


Please plan to check-in at 2:30pm but no later than 3:45pm in the East Field Gym.  The students will line-up at 4:00pm and the procession will start promptly at 5:00pm. 

Please note that in order to participate in the BSOE graduation celebration, you must have completed your degree requirements during the 2017-18 academic year, or will complete them no later than the end of Fall Quarter 2018.


Graduates, please reserve your cap and gown through the bookstore (see above for the bookstore link). All students participating in the ceremony are required to wear both cap and gown.

Following the graduation celebration ceremony, the Bookstore will have a cap and gown drop-off box on the East Field for a limited period of time. As you leave the East Field after the graduation ceremony, please be sure to stop at the drop-off box to return your cap and gown. If you do not drop your gown in the drop-box when you leave, you will need to return your cap and gown 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 that 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.


Engineering Graduation-Parking & Transportation Information

Click here to learn about parking and transportation for the ceremony.


Resources And Amenities

All commencement sites have a Programs & Information tent, a Disability Support tent, and a First Aid tent. Drinking water is provided free of charge. UCSC Catering offers light refreshments for purchase (cash preferred). Restrooms are available in close proximity to the commencement seating areas.


Clothing Recommendations For Guests / Sun Protection

Weather on the UC Santa Cruz campus can change quickly. Please dress in layers to maintain comfort as temperatures change over the course of the day. 

The celebration is held on a grassy field and flat shoes are recommended . Although the celebration is held under a large tent this year, sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen are still recommended.


What NOT To Bring To Commencement

Pets : ADA Service animals are the only animals visitors may bring to campus. Pets are not allowed on campus grounds nor can they remain in vehicles for the duration of a commencement ceremony. You will be turned away from campus if you arrive with a pet. There are many kennels, animal daycare operations and similar in Santa Cruz.

Drones: Drones are not permitted during commencement ceremonies.

No Smoking: All UC campuses are smoke and tobacco-free. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e‑cigarettes, and other nicotine products are strictly prohibited. This policy will be strictly enforced.

No Confetti, No Noise-makers: Confetti, loud noise-makers, and other items that produce litter or disruptive noise are not permitted.



Check our Frequently Asked Questions. 

If you still need help, please e-mail the Dean's Office ( with any questions or concerns.