The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law – Updates on COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Outbreak

In just the last two days alone, the COVID-19 event has resulted in more campus closures and the disruption of major events, including the NCAA tournament and NBA games. Recently, Gov. Newsom joined health officials to make an official recommendation that gatherings of over 250 people be canceled. This is now the new policy of the California Department of Public Health.

As a result of these developments, the Colleges of Law is postponing Commencement 2020 festivities until further notice. This includes the March 21 Commencement exercises at the Hilton Beachfront Resort and our pre-commencement gatherings set for March 19 in Ventura and March 20 in Santa Barbara.

Our Student Services team will be in communication with you regarding regalia and other details.

As for next steps with the events, we will continue to monitor developments and seek guidance from public health officials on our options. We also seek input from our community. We will be reaching out to student leaders for their thoughts and invite feedback. Our desire to acknowledge our graduates accomplishments has not waivered. We will do all that we can to celebrate the Class of 2020 in the best way that we can. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued patience and support.