Graduation Celebration Registration will be open March 13th

Register for Graduation Ceremony

Registration for the BSOE Graduation Ceremony opens March 13th. The deadline to register, be included in the graduation program and be guaranteed admission tickets and parking permits is May 4th, 2020. 

Registering to participate in the BSOE Graduation Ceremoy is not the same as applying to graduate. Registering to participate in the ceremony means that you are joining us in your cap and gown to celebrate that you have completed your degree. Applying to graduate prompts college and major advisers to review your coursework and determine if you have completed your degree. This process generates your acutal diploma and completion of degree. Students can find out more here: Undergraduates or  Graduate students.

Please note that in order to participate in the BSOE graduation celebration, you must have completed your degree requirements during the 2019-20 academic year, or will complete them no later than the end of Fall Quarter 2020.


Graduates, please purchase your cap and gown through the Bay Tree Bookstore.  

*All students participating in the ceremony are required to wear both cap and gown.*



Order Regalia


All Guests will require tickets.  Ticketing is needed due to maximum seating capacity at one of the commencement venues and campus limitations in parking availability and transit, and time duration between each event.  Use of tickets 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 commencement parking permits.  Guests who do not possess a ticket will not be permitted entrance into any ceremony.  Vehicles without a commencement parking permit will not be permitted to park.

Guest Tickets and Parking Permits


Friday, June 12, 2020 1:30 pm East Field


There will not be a graduation rehearsal for students this year. Students will check in at 11:30 am 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 information for 2020 will be updated at the start of the spring quarter. Registered students will receive an email reminder the week prior. Parking permits for the graduation celebration are valid at the East Remote Lot.  More info regarding parking can be found on the TAPS website.


Please plan to check-in at 11:30 am in the East Field Gym.  Go to one of the tables set up by degree to pick up the prepared name card, which will be used by the announcer to introduce you on stage. Included is a space for a phonetic spelling of your name to aid in pronouncing it correctly. Please review and make any changes you think necessary. Pens will be provided at the sign in tables.

  • Tell friends and family to arrive no earlier than 75 minute proit to the scheduled ceremony; highways are typically congested on commencement day, so plan extra time if you are driving from out of town (at least one hour extra).
  • Please ask your family and friends to go directly to the East Field seating area.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes; the ground is uneven for those with high heels. 
  • We will have water stations available, please bring a reusable water bottle if possible.
  • Doctoral candidates should make sure that their chosen professor will be present for the hooding ceremony, or arrange for a substitute. 
  • Staff will help students and faculty with the line up and regalia. 
  • Students should plan to leave their personal belongings with family, friends, or in their car; there is no place to securely store these items.
  • To be courteous and show respect for fellow graduates, students are expected to stay for the duration of the ceremony, and march out in the academic processional.
  • Please silence phones and devices during the ceremony.

Participants will line up by degree; look for the signs posted or ask a staff member to assist you. Masters candidates should wear the hood. PhD candidates should carry the hood. The tassel is placed on the left side of the mortarboard to signify the award of an undergraduate degree. It does not get moved to the right side at any time during the ceremony. Staff will be available to assist you.


Graduates will be called to the stage by degree: Ph.D., MS, BA/BS. Students will proceed up the ramp to the stage and hand the name card to the announcer. (If your name is difficult to pronounce, you can pronounce it for them while you are waiting to cross.).  Important Note:  Do not wait until your name is read in its entirety before proceeding across the stage.  The moment you hand your reader card to the announcer, proceed to the center of the stage.  


The faculty member who is hooding you will join you on stage. When your name is called, hand your hood to the faculty member hooding you. After the hooding, BSOE Dean Wolf will present you with your certificate and shake your hand. Proceed down the stairs and back to your seat.


When your name is called, walk to the center of the stage where the Dean will present you with a graduation certificate and shake hands; you then continue across the stage, down the stairs on the other side and return to your seat.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, the academic processional will leave the stage/field in the following order:  Platform party and then graduates.  Staff members will direct you.


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.