Commencement 2017

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Ceremony: 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara

Tickets: Tickets are required for all guests. Due to space constraints, each graduate will be allotted a limited number of tickets to be determined based on the number of registered graduates. Tickets will be available for pick up in May 2017.

Regalia Orders: Order your cap and gown at

Commencement 2016: See a gallery of over 150 photos from last year's ceremony on the AUSB Facebook page.


Two, four, six, eight, who do you appreciate?

We are continuing our tradition of including a section in our Commencement Program written by our graduates. You did it! But you probably didn't do it alone. Here's your chance to acknowledge those who supported you on your educational journey. Your words will be included in our keepsake program for you to share with the friends and family who helped you reach this milestone.

The deadline for submission has passed.

Students interested in speaking at Commencement must submit their speeches by May 2017 (exact date to be announced). Speeches will be evaluated by a faculty panel blind to the identity of the author. Speeches should be no more than 750 words in length and focus on the following theme:

Antioch University’s mission is to provide “…education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.” How has this mission been manifested in your experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara?

Submission Process:
Speeches should be submitted via email to

Include a cover letter with the subject line “2017 Graduation Speech"  including the title of your speech and your contact information.

Identifying information should be included ONLY in the cover letter. Speeches will be selected blind to the identity of the student authors. Cover letters linking the authors to the speeches will be kept separately so authors can be notified of the outcome of the selection process.

Selection Criteria:
The speeches will be reviewed by a faculty panel and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Consistency with theme
  • Writing quality
  • Interest to and representative of a general student audience
  • Evidence of critical/analytical thinking


The timeline for speech submissions will be in May 2017. Dates will be announced when they are finalized.


If you completed your program requirements in Spring 2016 or Summer 2016 and did not participate in Commencement 2016, you may participate in Commencement 2017.

If you complete your program requirements in Fall 2016 or Winter 2017, you may participate in Commencement 2017.

If you anticipate completing your program requirements in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017, and this is confirmed by your program, you may participate in Commencement 2017.

If you wish to participate in Commencement in 2017, you must register by a date in April that will be announced shortly.

Your eligibility will be confirmed with your program in early May. If your program determines that you will not complete your program requirements by Summer 2017, you will be notified that you are not eligible to participate in Commencement 2017 and your registration will be cancelled.

If you do not register, you will not be able to participate in Commencement 2017, even if you find that you will complete your program requirements by Summer 2017.

You will receive an automated confirmation email.

In a word, no. There are two processes to be aware of--Commencement and the Graduation Review and Diploma Application. There is no fee charged to participate in Commencement. You must register for Commencement using the online form [see Registration tab above]. You will receive an automated email confirming that your Commencement Registration form has been received.

Completion of the Graduation Review and Diploma Application is a separate process required to confirm completion of your degree requirements, review of your student account, and issuance of your diploma. A fee of $100 is charged for this processing. You may be eligible to participate in Commencement before you are ready to complete the Graduation Review and Diploma Application.

There are other expenses that may be associated with participation in Commencement. For example, Academic Regalia is required for participation in Commencement. Graduates may also wish to purchase announcements or class jewelry.

The Commencement ceremony will last 90-120 minutes and is a serious academic ceremony. Young children may become restless. There is no minimum age for guests, but we ask that you take the comfort of the child and other guests into consideration as you make your plans.

While the ballroom at Fess Parker’s is quite large, seating is limited and each graduate will receive a limited number of tickets. The number of tickets given to each graduate will be based on the number of registered, eligible graduates and will be determined after the registration deadline in April 2017. We always seek to make as many tickets available to graduates as possible.

Tickets will be available for pick up from in May 2017. Your Program Coordinator will let you know when and where you may pick up your tickets.

Some graduates may not need as many tickets as they receive. Graduates who would like additional tickets may seek extra tickets from other students.

In order to participate in Commencement, you must have proper Academic Regalia. If you are able to borrow the correct regalia, that is fine.

However, unless you are borrowing regalia from a recent graduate from your program the regalia may not be correct. Your degree level and subject determine the length of sleeves, the presence and length of hood, the color of the satin stripe on the hood, and other decorative details. Please be aware that regalia from before 2011 may not have the correct Antioch University colors—green with a white chevron.

We would love to hear from you! If you have a question about Commencement that is not addressed on these pages, or a suggestion, please use this form to let us know.