A total of 5,142 graduating students will take part in one of eight official commencement ceremonies scheduled at UC Santa Barbara over eight days, starting June 5 and concluding June 12. The campus’s commencement exercises attract an estimated 40,000 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 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 5, at 11 a.m. in Campbell Hall. The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will conduct its ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m. in the Bren Hall Courtyard.
On the weekend of Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 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/2011/speakers.shtml
Sunday, June 5, Campbell Hall
11 a.m. – College of Creative Studies
Guest Speaker – Dan Yashinsky ’71, storyteller, radio host, and author
Student Speakers – Tania Darnton, chemistry; Daniel Kerr, physics; Michael Powell, art
Friday, June 10, Bren Hall Courtyard
10 a.m. – Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Guest Speaker – Hunter Lovins, environmental author and entrepreneur
Saturday, June 11, Commencement Green
9 a.m. – Sciences and Social Science
Guest Speaker – Lori Bettison-Varga, president, Scripps College
Student Speaker – Danielle Mayorga, communications and language, culture, and society
1 p.m. – Engineering and Sciences
Guest Speaker – John MacFarlane, co-founder and chief executive officer of Sonos
Student Speakers – Sergio Sanchez, computer engineering; Sarra Borhanian, microbiology
4 p.m. – Social Sciences I
Guest Speaker – Jon Sonstelie, UCSB professor of economics
Student Speaker – Jason Holley, political science
Sunday, June 12, Commencement Green
9 a.m. – Social Sciences II
Guest Speaker – George Lipsitz, UCSB professor of black studies and sociology
Student Speaker – Jocelyn Anderson, global studies
1 p.m. – Humanities and Fine Arts
Guest Speaker – Pico Ayer, internationally acclaimed author
Student Speaker – Kelsey Foltz, theater
4 p.m. – Graduate Division
Guest Speaker – Craig Hawker, UCSB professor of materials, chemistry and biochemistry, and director of the Materials Research Laboratory
Student Speaker – Carlos Nash, Ph.D. in Linguistics