Information for Guests

The 2019 Year End Ceremony will take place on:

Friday, June 14, 2019
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Music Recital Hall 

The Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI) Year End Ceremony acknowledges and celebrates the academic achievements and contributions of graduating students in the AA/PI community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This event consists of keynote speakers, student speakers, performances, awards/scholarships, a sashing ceremony, wrapped up by a food reception.

Information for Guests:

Congratulations! We recognize that this is a fantastic occasion for you to see your student acheive a milestone in their lives. Below are some things to keep in mind as you start planning your participation at your student's ceremony.


AA/PIRCs Year End Ceremony does not have admission tickets to attend. Instead, every graduate will be receiving 2 (and only 2) parking passes. We do not limit the number of guests that a graduate may invite. Please keep in mind that there are various ceremonies taking place throught the day and students will also be moving out. Our parking is very limited. We may not begin allowing parking for our ceremony until 9:30 am, an hour prior to the start of the ceremony, due to the fact that we are immediately following another ceremony. We recommend that your graduate be dropped off or arrange their own transportation prior to their guests arriving. Guests may try to carpool or make multiple trips to accommodate the parking situation. Public transportation is also an option and will be operating a city bus to and from campus throughout the day. Thank you for your understanding.

Ceremony Site:

Our ceremony takes place inside the UCSC Music Recital Hall. There are a few steps and a limited amount of walking will be required to get from the parking lot to the ceremony site. Guests who park in the West Remote parking lot will be shuttled from the parking lot bus stop to the Music Recital Hall. Shuttles will begin running to and from the West Remote for one hour prior to and one hour after the Year End Ceremony. 

The weather in Santa Cruz, while cool, can become very hot as the day goes on. Guests are encouraged to dress in layers and stay hydrated. 


Our campus has a strict no-pet policy that is enforced. We do not allow guests to bring pets onto campus grounds, even with a leash. Please do not bring pets to the Year End Ceremony. You will be asked to leave campus if you attempt to bring a pet onto campus grounds. (ADA-recognized trained service animals are allowed.)

No Smoking Policy: 

Effective January 1, 2014, the University of California, Santa Cruz joins more than 1,159 colleges and universities nationwide by implementing a campuswide smoke & tobacco-free policy. This proposed policy prohibits the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew, and any other non-combustible tobacco product. Learn more about the Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy.


Disability services are available to guests in the form of transportation to and from the parking lot, please contact in advance if you or your guests will require transportation assistance. The front and back rows of the venue are wheelchair accessible and there is handicap seating available at the 4 corners of the venue.

Due to space constraints, the number of amenities we can provide are limited, water fountains and restrooms can be found inside the building.The Bookstore will be selling souvenirs and flowers. 


From Hwy. 17/ Hwy. 1 Northbound
Follow signs for "Hwy. 1 North/Half Moon Bay". This section of Hwy. 1 becomes Mission St., a city street. Turn right on Bay Street (there is a directional sign and a traffic signal), up the hill to UCSC.

From Hwy. 1 Southbound
Hwy. 1 becomes Mission St. as you enter town. Turn left on Bay Street at the signal, up the hill to UCSC.

At the UCSC entrance, follow the signs to WEST and YEAR END CEREMONY. You will be parking in the TBD. 


It's never too early too start planning for your out of town guests (including off-campus pet care). Visit the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council at for travel information.