General Information

General Information

Date: Friday, June, 20, 2014
Ceremony: 2:00-4:00 pm
Reception immediately following on hotel patio
Location: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara

Deadline for Registration: April 25, 2014     NOTE: Registration for Commencement and the Graduation Review and Diploma Application are separate processes. See the Questions tab for more information.

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 at the Reception Desk from May 9, 2014.

Regalia Orders: Order your cap and gown at In order to ensure that your regalia arrives in time, you must order by the following deadlines:

PsyD graduates: May 1, 2014*
Masters graduates: May 1, 2014*
Bachelors graduates: May 29, 2014*

*Orders placed after these dates will be subject to late fees.



Registration Form

Commencement Registration Form

Deadline for registration is April 25, 2014. You will receive an automated confirmation email when you have successfully submitted this form.
  • Some ISPs block automatic emails. Please use your email address to ensure the confirmation email is received.


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.

Deadline for Submission: May 15, 2014

Graduate Statement of Appreciation

Please complete all required information.
  • You can copy and paste your statement into the above box. Please limit your expression to 100 words or less. Statements may be edited to meet space requirements.

Graduate Speeches

Graduate Speeches

Students interested in speaking at Commencement must submit their speeches no later than May 2, 2014. 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 to Cynthia Stewart via email (preferred– or hardcopy.

Include a cover letter with the subject line “2014 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. Cynthia Stewart will retain the cover letters linking the authors to the speeches so that she can notify the authors 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


May 2            Submission deadline.
May 3-12      Submissions reviewed by faculty committee.
May 13          Review committee makes recommendation to President.
May 16         Authors notified of results.


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to participate in Commencement 2014?
If you completed your program requirements in Spring 2013 or Summer 2013 and did not participate in Commencement 2012, you may participate in Commencement 2014.

If you complete your program requirements in Fall 2013 or Winter 2014, you may participate in Commencement 2014.

If you anticipate completing your program requirements in Spring 2014 or Summer 2014, and this is confirmed by your program, you may participate in Commencement 2014.

I am hoping/planning to graduate this Spring/Summer, but I’m not certain that I will get everything done. Should I register for Commencement now, or wait?
If you wish to participate in Commencement in 2014, you must register by April 25, 2014.

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 2014, you will be notified that you are not eligible to participate in Commencement 2014 and your registration will be cancelled.

If you do not register, you will not be able to participate in Commencement 2014, even if you find that you will complete your program requirements by Summer 2014.

How do I know if I am registered for Commencement?
You will receive an automated confirmation email.

I paid the $100 graduation fee. Does that mean I’m registered for Commencement?
There is no fee charged to participate in Commencement. You must register for Commencement using the online form. 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.

Can a baby/young child attend the Commencement ceremony?
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.

My guests will include a baby/young child, does the child need a ticket?
All guests need tickets, regardless of age.

How many tickets will I receive?
While the ballroom at Fess Parker’s Doubletree 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, April 25, 2014. We always seek to make as many tickets available to graduates as possible.

How will I receive my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up at the Reception desk from May 9, 2014. If you wish to request alternative arrangements, please contact your Program Coordinator.

Can I get additional 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.

I have a friend who graduated from AUSB. Can I borrow his/her cap & gown?
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 velvet 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.