Crown College
2017 Commencement Ceremony
Sunday June 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
on the UCSC East Field

Traffic Advisory

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: In addition to commencement and beach traffic to Santa Cruz, Caltrans work on southbound 17 may continue into the commencement weekend, June 17-18. The highway is reduced to 1 lane 7 am - 2 pm June 12-16 for roadwork. Traffic will most certainly be congested Friday, June 16. It may take several hours to travel to Santa Cruz on this highway. Please plan alternate routes or plenty of extra time to arrive.

Commencement vs. Graduation

 Your college commencement ceremony and graduation from UCSC are two separate things.

  • At UCSC, graduation is the act of conferring an academic degree – receiving your degree or diploma.
  • Commencement is a ceremony, where you walk across the stage, symbolizing the end of your undergraduate career.

Graduation and commencement have separate online processes and timelines.
Apply to graduate (degree completion and diploma) for the quarter in which you will be finishing your graduation requirements. DO NOT apply to graduate for Spring if you will be finishing your final graduation requirements in a subsequent quarter.
To apply to graduate, you must submit an application via your Student Portal by the posted deadlines to announce candidacy. There is more information about how to apply to graduate on the Registrar’s Office website.
Register to walk in your college’s commencement ceremony by Wednesday, May 31 if you would like your name printed on the commencement program.

download to-do list and deadlines

Sunday, May 7 is the deadline to submit a speech, poem, or story to be presented to your graduating class. Click here for details.

Nominate yourself or a friend for one of Crown’s two service awards.  Download criteria and nomination form here.  Nominations due Monday, May 8, 2017.

When setting up your my.ucsc account, did you restrict release of your personal information?  If you have restricted your information and not released it for publication, we CANNOT print your name in the commencement ceremony program. If you don’t know, check the FAQ here and follow instructions to verify that we can publish your name.

If you have family coming to the ceremony, start planning now!  Local hotels and motels fill up quick for graduation weekend and restaurants get very busy.


Do I have to do something special to participate in the Crown Commencement?   YES
All students who want to walk in Crown’s Commencement Ceremony MUST go online and complete the Crown Ceremony Registration Form by Wednesday, May 31 if you would like your name printed on the commencement program.  This is different than the online form students complete with the Registrar’s Office applying to graduate.

Do I have to do something special to get my diploma?  YES
In the quarter when you will be completing your classes and other degree requirements, you must apply to graduate via the Registrars Office.  The deadline to apply to graduate for spring 2017 is Friday, April 28th.  If you do not apply to graduate you will not receive a diploma.  If you apply after April 28th you will be charged a late fee and your diploma may indicate a later commencement quarter.  This is different than the online form students complete for participating in the Crown commencement ceremony.

Is there a limit on the number of guests who can come to commencement?  NO
UC Santa Cruz recognizes that our students reach commencement day because of the support of many individuals. Therefore, we do not limit how many people each participating student can invite to the ceremony. However, there is a limit on how many cars can come to campus; each participating student will receive 2 parking passes for commencement day.

I won’t actually finish by Spring.  Can I participate in the 2017 ceremony?   YES
Commencement is a celebration of achievement, not an indicator of completing your degree requirements and graduating. As such, we know the timing of the two do not always match up.  People completing degree requirements through next winter quarter can walk in this year's Crown commencement. When you fill out the online Crown Ceremony Registration Form, you need to select the same quarter in which you will be applying to graduate with the Registrar’s Office.

Is there a limit for parking?    YES
UC Santa Cruz hosts 10 commencement ceremonies on campus over the 2-day commencement weekend. We appreciate the efforts of all of our guests in following parking rules and restrictions so we can continue to accommodate so many visitors in such a short space of time.  Each participating senior is allocated 2 parking passes for commencement day.  Crown seniors who are registered to participate in Crown’s ceremony can pick up their parking passes at the Crown Administration Office (at the Crown Circle) beginning May 16th. ALL GUESTS MUST HAVE A UCSC COMMENCEMENT PARKING PASS; read below for information about disabled parking. Guests are encouraged to carpool or use public transit to get to campus. Shuttling guests to campus works well too; free campus shuttles from the base of campus will begin operating at 7:30 a.m. Metro busses with service to the university will be FREE during commencement weekend days when guests specify that they are attending a commencement ceremony.

RE: OVERSIZED VEHICLES - Some people choose to rent limos or busses to transport family members to the ceremony.  Oversize vehicles can be used for dropping guests off at the East Remote Parking Lot but will be required to park in the Barn Theatre Lot at the base of campus.

Is the ceremony site accessible for those with disabilities?      YES
Commencement parking is in the East Remote Parking Lot. This lot will be served by campus shuttles for those who cannot or do not wish to make the short walk to the ceremony. These shuttles are not wheelchair lift equipped but are suggested for everyone else, regardless of physical ability. All shuttles drop off at the same place on the East Field.  The only benefit of a disabled parking pass is a wheelchair-lift-equipped shuttle.  The ceremony site on the East Field and flat and grassy.  Students will be available to assist guests across the field if necessary.

Persons requiring a wheelchair-lift-equipped shuttle should have their graduating student request a commencement-day disabled parking pass.  Parking for these passes is in the East Field House Lot.  (Follow signs for the disabled parking area which is uphill past the East Remote Lot.)   Crown College has a limited number of parking passes for this lot and they are not in addition to the 2 passes per student mentioned above.  Each participating student still receives only 2 passes total.

Do not try to enter the handicapped lot on Commencement Day unless you have the right parking pass.

There is a limited amount of shaded seating for those with sun or heat sensitivity. Plan to arrive early if you will need to sit in the shade.

Can our family pet come to the ceremony?   NO
UCSC has a "no pet" policy that is strictly enforced.  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. If an animal is found in your car animal control will be notified and you may be ticketed.  There are several "pet hotels" in Santa Cruz County equipped to board your pets. Check local listings.

How long is the ceremony?     1 1/2 hours

Can families get close to the stage for pictures as students walk across?    NO
As in past years, Chappell Studios, a professional commercial photographer, has been contracted to take individual photographs of the students as each receives a commemorative scroll. Within 10 days after ceremony, students will receive a "proof," at no cost or obligation to buy. The photographer has also been hired to take a posed picture of each student in their cap and gown before they walk across the stage.

Can I arrange for drone photography of the ceremony?         NO
We make every effort for all guests and graduates to be able to hear the details of the ceremony. Therefore, drone operation is not permitted during any UCSC commencement ceremony.

Will the ceremony be videotaped? Can I buy a copy?         NO
Crown College does not record the ceremony.

Is there a different location if it is raining?    NO
UCSC does not have indoor facilities large enough to accommodate students and their guests (even if guest attendance were very limited).  Therefore, all ceremonies scheduled for the East Field will happen as scheduled on the East Field RAIN OR SHINE.  Students and guests should be prepared for any weather we may have on the morning of the ceremony. 

Is there a reception afterwards?    NO

Can my friend from another college participate in the Crown Commencement?   YES
However, there is an application process, $50 fee and due date.  Acceptance of non-Crown affiliated students is not guaranteed.  Non-affiliates must download the application form and turn it in by Wednesday, May 31 if you would like your name printed on the commencement program. with their $50 fee. This is the same deadline for all colleges for non-affiliates.

What does it mean that UCSC is a smoke-free campus?         YES
All UC campuses became smoke- and tobacco-free on January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes and unregulated nicotine products are strictly prohibited. Click here for more information.

If I get honors in my major will it be printed in the program or announced at the ceremony?       MAYBE
Several types of academic honors are included in the Commencement print program and announced from the stage. These include departmental honors (Honors and Highest Honors in the Major), the Deans and Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards, and Phi Beta Kappa as well as University Honors (Summa cum laude etc.).

For honors to be printed and/or announced, they must be submitted to the Programs Office directly from the unit awarding the honors (we cannot take your word for it); deadlines for inclusion have been communicated to the departments. Not all departments are able to identify the spring quarter honors in time to have them included in the print program and/or announced, though they make every effort. All departmental honors we receive by the print deadline are included in the program: those submitted after our print deadline but before the ceremony date, will be read from the stage. If you have questions regarding your departmental honors status, please contact your department directly.

Honors cords, stoles and other recognition articles are given by some but not all departments. The college has no role in the distribution of these items.

NOTE: If you’re in the Crown Leadership Certificate Development program be sure to submit your final verifications by the end this winter quarter.  Click here to download the verifications form.

If you have further questions or concerns, please leave us a message at 831-459-2966.

Looking forward to seeing you in June!


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