By the close of the 2013–2014 academic year, UC Santa Barbara will have awarded a combined 5,779 undergraduate and graduate degrees. That accomplishment will be celebrated in eight official commencement ceremonies, to be held on campus over eight days, starting June 8 and concluding June 15.
The ceremonies are organized by college, level of degree, and field of study. Chancellor Henry T. Yang will shake the hand of every student graduating from the College of Creative Studies, the College of Engineering, the College of Letters and Science, the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and the Graduate Division.
The College of Creative Studies will lead off with its ceremony on Sunday, June 8, at 11 a.m., in Campbell Hall. The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will conduct its ceremony on Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m., in the Bren Hall Courtyard.
On the weekend of Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, six ceremonies — three each day — will be held on the Faculty Club Green fronting the UCSB Lagoon.
All eight ceremonies will be webcast live. Over June 14-15, web coverage will be continuous, beginning at 8:30 a.m., running through and between the 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. events.
A listing of ceremonies and guest speakers follows. Complete biographical information on all speakers is available on the UCSB commencement website.
Sunday, June 8, Campbell Hall
11 a.m. – College of Creative Studies
Guest Speaker – John Nava ’69, fine artist
Student Speakers – Demi Anter, art; Ananda Das, physics; Gianna Stoddard, literature
Friday, June 13, Bren Hall Courtyard
10 a.m. – Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Guest Speaker – Ashley Conrad-Saydah, deputy secretary for climate policy, California Environmental Protection Agency
Saturday, June 14, Faculty Club Green
9 a.m. – Sciences
Guest Speaker – Howard Wenger, president of regions, SunPower Corporation
Student Speaker – Allison Ariniello, cell and developmental biology
12:30 p.m. – Engineering and Sciences
Guest Speaker – Jose Hernandez, astronaut, NASA
Student Speakers – Alexander Terenin, statistical science, psychology, Russian (minor); Shany Yeshanov, computer science
4 p.m. – Social Sciences I
Guest Speaker – Lorraine McDonnell, UCSB professor of political science
Student Speaker – Savannah Perkins, economics
Sunday, June 15, Faculty Club Green
9 a.m. – Social Sciences II
Guest Speaker – Cynthia Stohl, UCSB professor of communication
Student Speaker – Andriana Collins, communication
12:30 p.m. – Humanities and Arts
Guest Speaker – Josh Elliot, television journalist, NBC Sports
Student Speaker – Benjamin Moss, English, philosophy
4 p.m. – Graduate Division
Guest Speaker – Mike North, television host, Discovery Channel; founder, ReAllocate
Student Speaker – Lucile Savary, physics (Ph.D.)