UCSB Will Graduate 4,800 Students in Eight Commencement Ceremonies

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - 17:00
Santa Barbara, CA

Approximately 4,800 graduating students will take part in one of eight official commencement ceremonies scheduled at UC Santa Barbara over eight days starting June 10 and concluding June 17.

The campus's commencement exercises attract an estimated 35,000 visitors to the Santa Barbara area each year.

As is traditional at UCSB, the ceremonies are organized by college, level of degree, and field of study so that each student can be individually recognized.

Chancellor Henry T. Yang will shake the hand of each student graduating from the College of Creative Studies, the College of Engineering, the College of Letters and Science, the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and the Graduate Division.

The College of Creative Studies will lead off with its ceremony on Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in Campbell Hall.

The Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management will conduct its ceremony on Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m. in the Bren Hall Courtyard.

On the weekend of Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, six ceremonies -- three each day -- will be held on the Commencement Green behind the Faculty Club.

A listing of the ceremonies and guest speakers follows. Complete biographical information on all speakers is available on the UCSB Web site at this address: www.ia.ucsb.edu/commencement/2007x/speakers.shtml

Sunday, June 10, Campbell Hall
11 a.m. - College of Creative Studies
Guest Speaker – Marlene Zuk, a 1977 CCS graduate of UCSB, associate vice provost for faculty equity and diversity, and professor of biology at UC Riverside
Student Speakers – Deena In Ae Drewis, literature; Kathryn Elizabeth Blaschke,
chemistry/biochemistry; and Samuel Ellsworth Galle, biology

Friday, June 15, Bren Courtyard
10 a.m. - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Guest Speaker – Jerome Ringo, former chairman of the board of the National Wildlife Federation
Student Speaker – Drew Beckwith, water resources management

Saturday, June 16, Commencement Green
9 a.m. - Science and Mathematics
Guest Speaker – Dawn Wright, professor of geosciences at Oregon State University who in 1994 earned a doctorate in Physical Geography and Marine Geology at UCSB
Student Speaker – Brook Vander Stoep Hunt, microbiology

1 p.m. - Engineering and Science
Guest Speaker – Adam Savage, co-host of "Mythbusters"
Student Speaker –

Shyam Natarajan, computer engineering

4 p.m. - Social Sciences I
Guest Speaker – Luis G. Nogales, Nogales Investors, managing partner
Student Speaker – Gina Marie Fischer, political science and geography

Sunday, June 17, Commencement Green
9 a.m. - Social Sciences II
Guest Speaker – Natalia Kanem, president of the ELMA Philanthropies Services
Student Speaker – Stacey F. Thornberry, communication

1 p.m. - Humanities and Fine Arts
Guest Speaker – Chris Abani, award winning poet and novelist and professor of creative writing at UC Riverside
Student Speaker – Kevin Matthew Pollack, English and philosophy

4 p.m. - Graduate Division
Guest Speaker – Fredric E. Steck, UCSB Foundation Trustee and UCSB alumnus
Student Speaker – Jennifer Grief Green, Ph.D., counseling, clinical, and school psychology

Commencement Speakers