2012 commencement exercises, celebrations June 15-17

Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta

Commencement exercises at the University of California, Santa Cruz, are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 15-17, hosted by UCSC's 10 colleges, as well as the graduate division and the Baskin School of Engineering. A number of less formal celebrations, beginning June 15, are also planned to honor graduates.

A total of 4,248 UC Santa Cruz students are set to graduate or have already graduated in previous quarters of the 2011-2012 academic year. Included are 2,257 candidates this spring for bachelor of arts, music, or science degrees.

Also this spring, 183 students are eligible to receive master of arts, fine arts, or science degrees; of these, 84 will complete UCSC's Department of Education credential and master's program in late summer. In addition, 112 UCSC students are candidates for doctorates. A small number of students will receive graduate certificates.

In the previous quarters of the current academic year, many UCSC students completed work for undergraduate or graduate degrees: 1,499 undergraduates earned bachelor's degrees and 197 graduate students earned master's or doctorates.


Friday, June 15

Graduate Division: Keynote speaker: Judit Camacho, executive director of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). 4:30 p.m. East Field. (831) 459-5905.

Saturday, June 16

Porter College: Speakers: Elisabeth Cameron, UCSC associate professor, history of art & visual culture, and Edward Warburton, UCSC associate professor theater arts. 9 a.m. West Field. (831) 459-2857.

Merrill College: Keynote speaker: Brenda Wong-Aoki, performance artist and 1976 Merrill alumna. 9:30 a.m. East Field. (831) 459-5534.

College Eight: Keynote speaker: Ryan Coonerty, Santa Cruz City Councilmember and former mayor. 1 p.m. West Field. (831) 459-4279.

Cowell College: Keynote speaker: Jonathan Franzen, American novelist and essayist. 1:30 p.m. East Field. (831) 459-2255.

Oakes College: Keynote speaker: Ron Glass, UCSC associate professor of education. 5 p.m. West Field. (831) 459-5619.

Kresge College: Keynote speaker: Kawami Evans, academic coordinator at UC Davis, former UCSC coordinator for residential education. 5:30 p.m. East Field. (831) 459-4434.

Sunday, June 17

Crown College: Keynote speaker: Richard Harris, NPR reporter, 1980 Crown alumnus. 9 a.m. East Field. (831) 459-2101.

College Nine: Keynote speaker: Gabriela Arredondo, UCSC associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies. 9:30 a.m. West Field. 831-459-3853.

College Ten: Keynote speaker: Aaronette White, UCSC associate professor of psychology. 1:30 p.m. West Field. 831-459-3853.

Stevenson College: Keynote speaker: Art Torres, 1968 Stevenson alumnus and former California Assemblymember and state senator. 1 p.m. East Field. (831) 459-3108.

Baskin School of Engineering: Keynote speaker: Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. 4 p.m. Engineering Courtyard. (831) 459-4877.


Thursday, June 14

GLBTI Rainbow Ceremony: 4 p.m. Women's Center. (831) 459-4385.

Friday, June 15

Anthropology: 9 a.m. Women's Center. (831) 459-2615

Environmental studies: 10 a.m. UCSC Farm. (831) 459-4837.

History: 10 a.m. Stevenson Event Center. (831) 459-3701.

Linguistics: 11:30 a.m. Stevenson Lounge. (831) 459-4588.

Feminist studies: 11:30 a.m. Humanities 1 Building, Room 210. (831) 459-4324.

Physics: 1 p.m. Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Courtyard. (831) 459-2329.

Community Studies: 1 p.m. Oakes Learning Center. (831) 459-2371.

Psychology: 1 p.m. Namaste Lounge. (831) 459-4410.

Politics: 1:30 p.m. Merrill Provost house. (831) 459-2505.

Economics: 1:30 p.m. Stevenson Event Center. (831) 459-4849.

Film and digital media: 2 p.m. Communications Courtyard. (831) 459-3204.

History Arts and Visual Culture: 2 p.m. Porter Koi Pond. (831) 459-4564.

Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2 p.m. Music Center Recital Hall. (831) 459-5349.

African American: 5 p.m. Stevenson Event Center. (831) 459-3207.

Theater arts: 7 p.m. Mainstage Theater. (831) 459-4075.

Saturday, June 16

Native American: 12 p.m. Women's Center. (831) 459-2881

Earth and Planetary Sciences: 3 p.m. Earth and Marine Sciences Building, Room B206. (831) 459-2504.

Sunday, June 17

Chicano/Latino: 4:30 p.m. East Field. (831) 459-5449.