• 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

2019 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.

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

Danna Staaf (Biology '04)
Danna Staaf (Biology '04)

Meet the 2018 CCS Alumni Commencement Speaker Danna Staaf (Biology '04)

Danna Staaf, Ph.D., is a freelance writer and science communicator with internationally recognized expertise in cephalopods—squid, octopus, cuttlefish and all their relatives. She fell in love with these animals at age ten and began keeping them as pets in a home aquarium. As an undergraduate in the College of Creative Studies (CCS Biology, ’04), she focused her first independent research project on the biology of the little-known California lilliput octopus. She also started her science blog, The Cephalopodiatrist. Both research and writing continued at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, where Staaf completed a dissertation on “Reproduction and Early Life of the Humboldt Squid” and created the Squid A Day blog still featured on Science 2.0.

Dr. Staaf now contributes news articles to outlets such as Science, KQED, and Gizmodo, and her short fiction and essays have appeared in various anthologies. Her first book, Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, was named one of the best science books of 2017 by NPR. She has also created several science outreach programs, including the popular biology program Squids4Kids. She has spoken at museums, aquariums, the tech company Google, public libraries, universities and schools at every grade level. She lives in San Jose with her husband and an unruly collection of kids, cats, and plants, and dreams of someday reviving her old saltwater aquarium.

Recent CCS Commencements 

Full 2017 Commencement 

Highlights of the 2016 Commencement 

Full 2015 Commencement