Commencement Information

Stevenson's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday June 17, 2018 at 12:30pm.  

The registration form is now live. All questions should go to

  • Commencement vs. Graduating

    The Stevenson commencement ceremony and graduation are two separate things. Graduation is the act of conferring an academic degree (receiving your degree or diploma) whereas commencement is a ceremony. Apply to graduate (to receive the official University Diploma) with the Registrar’s Office via your Student Portal. Apply for the quarter in which you will be finishing your graduation requirements. Do NOT apply for Spring graduation if you will be finishing your requirements in Summer or Fall. 


  • The Ceremony

    Commencement Ceremony begins promptly at 12:30 PM and should last approximately 90 minutes. Guests, please do not arrive at the East Field before Noon as there is a ceremony prior to ours. You will NOT be allowed on the field if you arrive before 11:30 AM.

  • Parking

    Parking is by PERMIT ONLY - each graduate is issued TWO. You may be turned away if you do not have a parking pass. 

  • No Pets

    Please note that UCSC has a “no pet” policy that is strictly enforced. Only animals utilized for disability accommodation as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act are allowed. If you enter campus with a pet, you will be asked to leave. There are several “pet hotels” in Santa Cruz County equipped to board your pets; please check local listings. Thank you!



    We ask that you and your family do not bring drones to the commencement ceremony.