2020 CCS Commencement


The UC Santa Barbara campus has made the difficult decision in light of the current health crises to change our approach to the time-honored tradition of graduation for this June. As such, a virtual ceremony will take place in June to mark this momentous occasion, and the College looks forward to congratulating our 2020 graduates at an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so. More information can be found in the Chancellor’s March 26 COVID-19 Update: Commencement.

Congratulations to the Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Graduates and Degree Candidates!



Spring 2020 Degree Candidates – the Registrar’s deadline to officially declare candidacy for the UC Bachelor’s degree via GOLD is Monday, April 13, 2020. The UCSB Registrar makes no exceptions to this deadline. Those who miss the April 13th deadline will need to declare candidacy for Summer 2020. Students should also verify their name and permanent address for diploma delivery at the time of declaration.

It is recommended that Summer and Fall 2020 Degree Candidates declare on GOLD now so that this will not be a concern later. The June 2020 CCS Commencement Ceremony is your official commencement ceremony for degree candidates of the following quarters: Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020. If preferred, Fall 2020 Degree Candidates may choose to participate in the June 2021 ceremony instead.

If you are uncertain as to which quarter you will complete your degree, it is recommended to declare candidacy for the soonest possible quarter. It is easy to withdraw your candidacy later and re-declare, but you will not be able to graduate earlier than your declared quarter if you’ve missed the Registrar’s deadline.



Information coming soon.



Chanel Miller (Literature '14)
Chanel Miller (Literature '14)

Meet the 2020 CCS Alumni Commencement Speaker Chanel Miller (Literature '14)

Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Know My Name, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, as well as a best book of 2019 in Time, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, and People, among others. She is a 2019 Time Next 100 honoree and was named one of Glamour's 2016 Women of the Year. Know My Name will be published in over fifteen countries. Miller lives in New York City.

2019 Commencement Photos

Below is a sample of photos taken at 2019 CCS Commencement. To view and download high resolution photos of the ceremony, click here

Recent CCS Commencements 

Full 2019 Commencement

Full 2018 Commencement

Full 2017 Commencement 

Highlights of the 2016 Commencement 

Full 2015 Commencement