Information for Guests

Image of Grads at the Quarry Amphitheater, c/o 2004

Saturday, June 13| 3:30pm-5:00pm | Quarry Amphitheatre

For the first time, UC Santa Cruz will be utilizing ticketing for each of the ceremonies on the schedule.

Each graduate will receive 6 tickets to distribute to their family and friends for attendance, as well as 2 parking permits. Unless a guest has a ticket, they will not be able to join us on campus for commencement.


Parking & Tickets

Every graduate participant will be issued only TWO parking permits. Cars displaying a Rachel Carson Commencement parking pass will be directed to our designated ceremony parking lot. Guests may shuttle (or walk) from there to the ceremony site. Cars without an Rachel Carson Commencement parking pass will not be allowed to park on campus.

As each grad will only receive two parking permits, we recommend that they carpool, bus, or arrange their own transportation prior to their guests arriving. Public transportation is an option available to all guests and graduates.

Please thoroughly consult the TAPS Commencement Parking & Transportation page for the most relevant and up-to-date information.

Prohibited Items

In order to promote safety and comfort for ALL graduates and guests, please refrain from bringing the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking or Tobacco Products (UCSC is proudly smoke-free since 2014)
  • Noisemakers (airhorns, blowhorns, loud speakers, etc.)
  • Drones
  • Pets (service animals welcome)
  • Umbrellas
  • Confetti

UCSC's "No Pet" Policy:

Please note that 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; please check local listings. Thank you!


It is necessary to the safety of all attendees that guests stay clear of aisles and the stage, and will be enforced by venue staff.

UC Santa Cruz has contracted with Best Grad Photo™ to professionally photograph our ceremony. They will take pictures of the graduates right before they have have their name read on stage, as well as take a photograph of each graduate being handed their commemorative scroll. Photo proofs are sent by Best Grad Photo™ approximately 72 hours after the ceremony, and there is no obligation to buy.

To receive proofs, grads must opt-in by filling out the appropriate section of the commencement registration form with their contact information; they also have the option to include their information and a family or friend's contact information during their check-in on Saturday. Neither Rachel Carson College nor the University is responsible for the proofs or the ordering process; it is entirely between the graduate and Best Grad. The college only contracts with the vendor and provides the venue. Please go to if you want more details.