The University of California, Santa Barbara begins to bid farewell and future success to one of the last graduating classes of the millennium. Annually, about 3,600 degree candidates participate in ceremonies, which begin this year with the College of Creative Studies (CCS) on Sunday, June 13, at 1 p.m. and close with the Graduate Division on June 20 at 4 p.m.
CCS, the campus' smallest college and unique in the UC system, will hold its graduation in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Established 32 years ago, CCS gives talented, self-directed students an opportunity for independent study with working artists, scientists, critics, and scholars. CCS alumni include Grammy award-winner David Holt and this year's alumnus speaker, New Mexico assistant attorney general Joel Jacobsen.
Gladys Perez Limón, this year's recipient of the Thomas More Storke Award---the highest honor bestowed on a graduating senior at UCSB---and other outstanding students will receive their awards in a ceremony Friday, June 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center's Corwin Pavilion.
On June 19 and 20, exercises organized by college, level of degree, and field of study will be held on the Faculty Club Green for the College of Engineering (COE), the College of Letters and Science (L&S), and the Graduate Division. In a UCSB tradition, Chancellor Henry T. Yang will shake hands with each graduate during the two-hour-long ceremonies that permit degree candidates to be individually recognized. Open to families, friends, and the public, each ceremony will include a graduation address and a student speech. Guest speakers are:
Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m.:
James G. P. Dehlsen, chairman emeritus of Zond Corp., will present this year's address for the L&S Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences.
Saturday, June 19, at 1 p.m.:
Charles House, executive vice president for research and development for Dialogic Corp., will present the COE address.
Saturday, June 19, at 4 p.m.:
Attorney James E. Davidson will speak at the L&S environmental studies and Division of Social Sciences commencement for those graduating in the fields of anthropology, business economics, economics, economics-mathematics, and hydrologic sciences.
Sunday, June 20, at 9 a.m.:
Jack Canfield, author and motivational speaker, will address the L&S Division of Social Sciences commencement for those graduating in the fields of Asian American studies, black studies, Chicano studies, communication, interdisciplinary studies, law and society, liberal studies, political science, sociology, and women's studies.
Sunday, June 20, at 1 p.m.: Architect Barry Berkus, president of Berkus Design Studio, will address graduates from the L&S Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. Sunday, June 20, at 4 p.m.:
Christopher Edgecomb, chief executive officer of STAR Telecommunications, will address the Graduate Division.
Additional commencement activities include: the Black Graduation Celebration in Campbell Hall on June 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Alternative Graduation in Anisq' Oyo' park on June 19 at 11 a.m.; the Chicano Graduation Celebration in Harder Stadium on June 19 at noon; and the Asian American Studies Department Commencement Ceremony in 1004 Girvetz Hall on June 19 at 5 p.m.