• Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM | CCS Art Gallery (CCS Bldg. 494)


  • Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Campbell Hall



Livestream! The CCS Commencement Ceremony will be presented via livestream starting at 10:30 AM. Check back here on June 9th for the link.



2019 Commencement Video DVD/Blu-Ray Order Form:


Join us on social media! The official hashtags of 2019 CCS Commencement are #UCSB2019 and #CCS2019

2019 CCS Commencement Events

Congratulations! Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 Graduates and Degree Candidates are invited to participate in the June 2019 CCS Commencement events.



Spring 2019 Degree Candidates – the Registrar’s deadline to officially declare candidacy for the UC Bachelor’s degree via GOLD is Monday, April 15th. The UCSB Registrar makes no exceptions to this deadline. Those who miss the April 15th deadline will need to declare candidacy for Summer 2019. Students should also verify their permanent address for diploma delivery at the time of declaration.

It is recommended that Summer and Fall 2019 Degree Candidates declare on GOLD now so that this will not be a concern later. The June 2019 CCS Commencement Ceremony is your official commencement ceremony for degree candidates of the following quarters: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, or Fall 2019. If preferred, Fall 2019 Degree Candidates may choose to participate in the June 2020 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.



CCS students must RSVP for the CCS Commencement weekend events via the graduation form by Friday, April 26th, 2019. Graduating students will soon receive a link to this form via email from CCS.


Saturday, June 8th, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, CCS Lawn and Art Gallery (CCS Bldg. 494)

The Pre-Commencement Celebration is an opportunity for students and guests to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class with CCS faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Graduates may invite up to two guests.

Sunday, June 9th, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Campbell Hall

Campbell Hall will open at 10:00 AM. The ceremony begins promptly at 11:00 AM. GRADUATES AND DEGREE CANDIDATES MUST BE ON THE STAGE NO LATER THAN 10:30 AM. Stage directions will be given at this time. The ceremony will take place inside Campbell Hall (see next section for directions and parking information). Graduates may invite up to 8 guests. Space is limited; if more than 8 seats are needed, please contact after May 8th.  Please note: No tickets will be issued, but we do need a head count. For those unable to attend, the Ceremony will be live-streamed and recorded. Check back to this page on June 9th for the live-streaming link. DVD/Blu-Rays are available for order via the order form in the upper right hand panel.

Light refreshments will be served outside in front of Campbell Hall in Campbell Hall Plaza immediately following the ceremony. This is a great opportunity for your guests to meet CCS faculty and staff.



Pre-Commencement Celebration Parking – Saturday, June 8th: Visitor parking is available in several lots and parking structures on campus including the following: Parking Structures 10, 18, and 22; and Parking Lots 3, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 16. Lots 3, 8, 9 and 5 are closest to the building, however, parking tends to be the most limited in these lots. To avoid being ticketed on Saturday, please be sure to purchase a valid parking permit from the dispensers present in each lot and place it on your dashboard. Please be mindful of all parking signage. Click here for Campus Map.

Commencement Parking – Sunday, June 9th: On Sunday only, complimentary parking permits will be available at University Plaza (near the Information Kiosk) for all CCS Commencement Ceremony guests. Be sure to see the parking attendant stationed there to obtain the free permit and place it on your dashboard. Event Staff will then direct cars to nearby designated lots. Signs directing guests to CCS Commencement will be posted on campus for guests traveling both from the West (through Isla Vista), and from the East (via Highway 217 / Ward Memorial Boulevard). Disabled parking is available, and Campbell Hall is wheelchair accessible. Click here for Campus Map.

Graduates will have a reserved seat on stage and must be on stage NO LATER THAN 10:30 AM. Stage directions will be given at this time. Graduates seats will be arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

Guest seating is on a first-arrived, first-seated basis and the hall fills up quickly. In accordance with ADA regulations, seating designated as Wheelchair or Accessible will be available for individuals who require those features. Guests who require wheelchair or accessible seating and their companions may wish to arrive when doors open at 10 am.

It is advised to arrive early and allow extra time for parking.

The CCS Commencement Ceremony is the first official UCSB ceremony during commencement week. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes and will include a keynote address by a guest speaker, brief reflections by graduating seniors, and performance of original works composed by CCS Music Composition graduates.

Recommended attire for graduates is “dressy.” Cap and gown are optional. When deciding on an outfit, please bear in mind the ceremony will be held indoors, and the post-ceremony reception is outdoors. During the ceremony, graduates will be seated on stage facing the audience. For those interested, caps and gowns may be purchased online from the UCSB Bookstore starting March 1st, or in-store starting April 15th. Click here for more information.

These may be ordered from the UCSB Bookstore. More information including pricing and deadlines can be found at the link above. 

Professional photographers will be taking photos of each graduate as they cross the stage, which will be available for purchase through GradImages. More information will be sent out following the ceremony.

CCS students who find themselves in an emergency situation or extenuating circumstance that prohibits them from attending the CCS Commencement Ceremony should talk to a CCS Staff Advisor in the CCS main office about their options.


This event will be photographed or recorded. By entering the event space, you agree and grant irrevocable permission to have your likeness, image, voice, and appearance photographed and recorded for commercial purposes and used as embodied in titles TBD whether recorded on or transferred to videotape, film, slides, photographs, audio tapes or other media, now known or later developed, and to be included in a non-commercial promotional and news video.
Kenny Broad (Literature '89)
Kenny Broad (Literature '89)

Meet the 2019 CCS Alumni Commencement Speaker Kenny Broad (Literature '89)

Environmental anthropologist Dr. Kenny Broad, who earned a BA in Literature in 1989 from the College of Creative Studies at UCSB, has participated in extreme scientific and filmmaking expeditions on every continent to gather information and samples that shed light on little known environmental and cultural subjects. Broad and the late Wes Skiles received the National Geographic Explorer of the Year award in 2011. He regularly collaborates with ecologists, climatologists, hydrologists, psychologists and a range of other strange ‘ologists’ and has published dozens of scientific articles on topics ranging from risk perception to venomous snakes to natural resource management.  Kenny is a licensed US Coast Guard Captain, a commercial helicopter pilot, and holds multiple diving ratings. He is currently a professor at the University of Miami where he directs the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University, where he received his PhD in Anthropology in 1999.  Broad was a National Geographic 2006 Emerging Explorer and was elected a Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 2009.

2018 Commencement Photos

Below is a sample of photos taken at 2018 CCS Commencement. To view and download high resolution photos of the ceremony, click here

Recent CCS Commencements 

Full 2018 Commencement

Full 2017 Commencement 

Highlights of the 2016 Commencement 

Full 2015 Commencement