Viewing the Commencement ceremonies of graduating UCSB students this weekend will be as easy as opening up your laptop. For those friends and family members who aren’t able to make it here to the Santa Barbara campus, UCSB will be showing all the ceremonies in live webcasts over the June 16-17 weekend.
"One of the happiest and proudest moments for our campus community each year is when we come together to say ‘congratulations' to our graduating students," Chancellor Henry T. Yang said in an Office of Public Affairs press release. "We applaud our students' dedication and accomplishments, and we take great joy in celebrating this commencement milestone with our 5,958 graduates. This year, we are delighted to be able to share the celebration not only with those attending our ceremonies, but also with all of our proud family members and friends around the world who will join us via our commencement webcast."
Live viewing begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and will run through the three ceremonies that day – 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. On Sunday, the same schedule will prevail. The Graduate Division’s Commencement ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday. There are about 475 graduate students signed up to participate in Grad Division’s ceremony. The featured speaker is Dr. Lisa Parks, a faculty member in UCSB’s Film and Media Studies department. The student speaker is Dr. Indy Hurt, former academic peer advisor and GradPost staffer who now works at Apple. To read more about Graduate Division’s commencement, read our previous GradPost article, “Graduate Division Commencement Ceremony June 17.”
To view the webcast, where you may see scenes such as the ones pictured here from a previous UCSB Commencement ceremony, go to http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/commencement/cast.aspx. A Microsoft Silverlight plug-in will be required for viewing in your Web browser.
For those who will be traveling to the campus for the ceremonies, university officials suggest allowing for extra travel time. Ongoing roadwork on Highway 217, near the main entrance at Henley Gate, could result in intermittent traffic delays. Highway 217, the only road into UCSB’s main entrance, has been undergoing repairs and improvements for several months, necessitating a lane closure. Officials urge visitors to follow “Event Parking” signs to the parking lots. Transportation and Parking Services staff will direct traffic at key spots to ensure visitors park their vehicles in a timely fashion.
For more information about Commencement activities, including directions to the campus, visit the Commencement 2012 page.