Graduate Division’s Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 17, celebrated the achievements of nearly 500 participating UCSB grad students, who were conferred master’s and Ph.D. degrees on a warm and sunny day on the Faculty Club Green.
There were a couple of notable differences at this year’s Commencement from years past.
For those who couldn’t make it to the ceremony, it was shown around the world via a live webcast. George H. Michaels, executive director of Instructional Development at UCSB, told the GradPost that the three ceremonies on Sunday attracted 884 unique viewers from 23 countries. After the U.S., countries with the next highest numbers of unique viewers included Colombia, India, Ireland, Chile, China, and the United Kingdom. “I think that it is interesting that of the six ceremonies [over two days], the most sustained viewership was for the graduate degrees,” Michaels said.
The Commencement was also a bittersweet celebration, because the ceremony was Dr. Gale Morrison’s last one as Graduate Division Dean, as she is retiring this month. Dr. Morrison received a great round of applause from students when her name was called as she stepped onto the stage. Chancellor Henry T. Yang also acknowledged Dean Morrison’s years of service during the ceremony.
The Commencement speaker was Dr. Lisa Parks, faculty member in the Film and Media Studies department. The student speaker was Dr. Indy Hurt, who received her Ph.D. in Geography and is now working at Apple.
We have also created a YouTube video (below) of the Sunday ceremony. Some of the grad students pictured in the video and photo albums have been previously featured on the GradPost. They include: Katie Stuwe, Emmet Cullen, Katya Armistead, Mark Shishim, Lily Anne Yumi Welty, and Indy Hurt.
Congratulations from the GradPost to all our grad student graduates!