General Information

General Information

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

View and Download Photos from AUSB’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony Photo Album.


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



Registration Form

The deadline to register for Commencement has past. You may contact your Program Coordinator to inquire regarding the possibility of late registration.


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.

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.


Class of 2014

Class of 2014

Santa Barbara, CA – Over 100 students made up the Antioch University Santa Barbara Graduating Class of 2014. Congratulations!

Graduates: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Peter Aguilar
Tracy Anderson
Alexa Aparicio
Nancy Arreola
Isaac Avendaño
Tresor Bayibsa
Kathleen Boken-Wilson
Laura Cardenas
Melissa Cronshaw
Elisabeth Danielson
Maria Gloria Flores
Jessica Girard
Morgan Greenfield
Alana Nelson Guevara
MaryLou Hernandez
Alicia Jimenez
Kayla Mae Johnson
Sarah Johnson
Esther Kannenberg
Mart Maria Keefe
Christina Marie Kelley
Kembra Kennedy
Rebecca Ketner
J Martin Leyva
Jenna Martinelli
Hunter Matos
Joan Hunter Mayer
Erica McKee
Deana Medina
Mayra Jazmin Medrano
Lena Moran
Mats Myhre
Stephanie Navarrete
Michael O’Boyle
Ashley O’Brien
Akikk Oi
Aurora Orduna de Velez
Edgar Peavy
Julee Perea
Danielle Petrella
Klas Rockberg
Ana Rodriguez
Amy Royce
Michael Anthony Ruiz
Courtney Salviolo
Kaitlyn Shaw
Mark Smith
Edwin Solano
Richard Somda
Shannon Marie Stark
Michael Clougherty Stilwell
Kendra Stites
Jano Valencia
Daniel Vasquez
Lorena Wilkin 

Graduates: Master of Arts in Education

Alexandrea Alvarado
Amanda Denise Andersen
Audrey Horstmann
Hattie Husbands
Bernadette Johnson
William Johnson
Alejandra Martinez
Adriana Olguin
Yesenia Perez
Gabriela Reyes 

Graduates: Master of Education

Luisa Barber
Danielle Dzoga
Lauren Fernandez
Amelia Horner
Janet Lemons
Marlen Limon
Amy Rosen
Angela Sturgeon 

Graduates: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Samuel David Ballou
Dimple Bhatt
Elizabeth Bravo
Benjamin Campos
Ellen Coffin
Lissa Gath
Rosio Hernandez
Kelly Hyatt
Sonia Mariel Jimenez
Kattera Anne Johnson
Joshua Sage Kendrick
Jackie Llamas
Louis Lumpkin III
Maria Mickens
Christopher Munkres
Christina Ortiz
Sarah P. Pompa
Sierra Smargon
Steven Smith
Jessica Soon
Teresa Lara Stucky
Rosalva Stutts
Michelle Beulah Thornton
Alessia Wallace
Daffnee White
Samantha Wilk

Recipients: Master of Arts in Psychology

Shelby Greaves
Michelle Ivy Greenspoon
Sofia Murillo
Lissa Pratt 

Graduates: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Clemencia Figueroa Moore
Rebecca Gilda
Jennifer Renae Newhard
Francisco Ortiz
Amanda Schnibben
Carolynn Beth Shor