More Commencement Information


Parking will be very tight. Parking officials will direct cars to East Remote where shuttles will be available to transport people from the parking lot to the East Field. You and your guests may also walk up the hill to the East Field area. (The East Field House parking lot is VIP and handicapped parking only.) For graduates with large groups, we advise parking around the base of campus and carpooling up to the East Field. Please allow enough time for long traffic delays and one-way road traffic control on Hagar. Note: UCSC No Pet Policy - 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. There are several "pet hotels" in Santa Cruz County equipped to board your pets. Check local listings or please leave your pets at home. Thank you!

Accessibility Information for East Field Commencement Ceremonies

There are several parking options available for those with mobility or stamina impairments. The easiest and most direct option is to use the commencement shuttle service; it runs from the East Remote parking lot to the ceremony site on the East Field. The East Field is flat and grassy. Student staff will be available on site with wheelchairs to assist guests from the shuttle drop off to the audience seats.

Those using a wheelchair or other motorized device or those for whom ascending two steps into a shuttle bus is problematic, should request a disabled Commencement parking pass. This will allow you to park in the East Field House lot and board a lift-equipped shuttle to the ceremony site on the East Field. As these shuttles can only carry a few people at a time, we suggest that those who need to ride these shuttles have one person from their party accompany them; the rest of their party can walk the short distance to the ceremony site. 

Graduation Photos

Professional photographers have been contracted to take three individual photographs of each graduate, one formal standing, one on the stage as you receive your scroll from the Provost and another as you exit the stage. Within days of commencement, you will receive “proofs” at no cost or obligation to buy by email. Only after seeing the proofs, do you decide to place an order. 

Dinner Reservations for Local Restaurants

Restaurants are going to be very busy during commencement weekend.  BE PROACTIVE and make your reservations earlier.  Call your favorite restaurant and find out when they will begin accepting reservations for that weekend.  Commencement is scheduled for ninety minutes. Pease make your reservation time late enough to account for congratulations, last good-byes, getting back to your car and heavy traffic. There are two ceremonies on both the east and west side ending at about the same time.

Hotel Reservations for Family and Friends

Again, local hotels are going to be full commencement weekend.  Making your reservations in advance will help to guarantee that your guests will have a convenient place to rest their heads Saturday night.  It is not too early to start calling NOW! There are also accommodations available in nearby Scotts Valley.  A useful website is