Commencement 2020

Porter College 2020 Commencement

Saturday June 13 - 6:00 pm - Online

(video link to be posted HERE as soon as available)

5/6/20:  Chancellor Larive confirms June Commencements will be entirely on-line.  Please see the Chancellors statement here.  Planning for the June ceremony is continuing, the commencement site will be updated as details become available.

4/30/20:  Commencenement Registration has been extended through SUNDAY May 10.  Register HERE

4:12 pm, 4/10/20:  The University has announced that in the interset of public health and in support of the ongoing effort to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, that the In-person Commencement Ceremonies will scheduled for June 12 - 14, 2020 will not be held:

April 10, 2020
To: Campus Community
From: Chancellor Cynthia Larive
Subject: Commencement updates
Dear Campus Community,
Commencement is one of the best events of the year and recognizes the incredible accomplishments of our students as well as the communities that support our students’ success including staff and faculty members, families and friends. Because our campus will continue remote instruction through summer, we will not be able to come together as we traditionally do in June for in-person celebrations. Like you, I am disappointed, especially because commencement on our campus is not just about degree conferral – there are many departmental, divisional, and community-based celebrations that mark this special time and will need to be put on hold in the interest of public health. 
We have developed a survey for students nearing graduation to collect their feedback on how they would like to celebrate. The survey also asks students to rank the most important characteristics of an alternative ceremony given the facility limitations on our campus. I have also asked our Commencement 2020 Working Group and a Steering Committee to take on the many questions surrounding mounting alternative celebrations in-person and remotely. 
One of our Principles of Community is that we be “celebrative.” I am looking forward to celebrating the successes of our 2020 graduates, to honoring our campus traditions, and to creating new ways to come together and celebrate.

Please follow this link to a very brief survey, which will require you to log-in using your UCSC ID by April 21, 2020.

If you have not registered for the Ceremony Please continue to do so.

Even if we are not able to assemble on the field to celebrate your achievements, we want to recognize each of you and memorialize your place in the Porter College, and Transfer Community at Porter College class of 2020.

Registration for the ceremony is open Register HERE


4/10/20:  The University has announced that In-Person commenceent ceremonies for June 2020 are suspended in the interest of public health in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Do not forget to cancel any travel &/or Hotel reservations made to attend the June 13th ceremony.

3/26/20:  The Bay Tree Bookstore's annual "Grad Fair" has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic,
please order your commencement regalia Online HERE.

3/17/20:  Registration for Non-Affiliated students who are not part of the Transfer Community at Porter College is closed. 


Please see the "FAQ" and "Time Line" pages for more detail.  Updated:  Monday 5/18/20 


Important Notice Regarding COVID-19
UC Santa Cruz has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak as well as guidance set forth by the CDC, and the University's recommendations have been evolving quickly as the situation unfolds. If there are any updates to Commencement and related activities, the University will reach out broadly to students, staff, faculty, parents, and alumni with an update. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Travel Advisory: As a result of the evolving nature of COVID-19, it is strongly suggested that individuals planning to travel for Commencement purchase travel insurance. To stay up to date on UCSC’s response to the outbreak, check the University's COVID-19 website which will be updated with information as it becomes available.

Information on the Campus' status re. COVID-19 (coronavirus)



Porter Commencement 2019 Video


graduation photo