Commencement 2015

Saturday, May 16
Commencement Lawn by the lakes

9 a.m. - Noon

School of Arts & Humanities
School of Business & Economics
School of Education

3 - 6 p.m.

School of Science & Technology
School of Social Sciences

Ceremonies last for 3 hours. We proudly call every graduate's name as part of Commencement.  Please plan to attend the complete ceremony.

Who is Eligible to Walk in Ceremony

Students who graduated in December 2014 and have applied for graduation in May 2015 and August 2015.

Graduate Info: Arrival time & location

Graduates should report to the processional line-up on the north side of Stevenson Hall. Look for your school banner. Arrive one hour prior to your ceremony time.

Your name will be called in the order you line up that day. Fill out the name card given to you in line. Your name will then be read from that card when you cross the platform and receive your diploma case. This card also serves to identify you for the campus photographers.


We encourage family and friends to watch the live webcast of the ceremonies from the comfort of home by visiting the Commencement webcast page on May 16 and clicking on the live webcast link that will be posted that day.

You may also view the ceremonies live from your mobile device. To do so, download the Livestream app. Once you download and open the Livestream app, search for Sonoma State University to watch live.

Caps & Gowns

The academic regalia to be worn for Commencement is the traditional black cap and gown. Regalia can be ordered at the bookstore. Order yours early to ensure correct size.

Regalia Ready for Pick Up

All rental regalia (cap and gown) purchased online, pre-ordered or purchased in-store is now available for pick up at the University Store, with your photo identification. If you have yet to purchase your rental regalia for the upcoming 2015 commencement ceremonies, now's the time! Don't forget to get your graduation announcements and thank you cards for all of your family and friends who will attend the ceremony. For those who like to cut it close: Commencement regalia can be purchased on Commencement day (limited quantities). The University Store is located in the Student Center. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday10 a.m.-3 p.m.

2015 Grad Boxes

The 2015 Commemorative Class of 2015 Grad Boxes are available to purchase online now. Each includes a 2-year membership to the SSU Alumni Association, a license plate frame, a Seawolf for Life magnet, an exclusive alumni cords to wear at Commencement, and much more. They make great graduation gifts.

Guest Info

General seating is limited to four guests per graduate. Seating is provided with chairs and bleachers on the Commencement Lawn. Due to having 1,000 graduates per ceremony, seating for family members is extremely limited.


Permits are not required on Commencement day. Guests with a valid disable placard can park in Lot G, the closest lot to the Commencement site. Additionally, advance reservations for a special “assigned seating” area for the disabled or limited mobility guest plus one helper can be requested. The assigned seating area is a section of metal folding chairs on the lawn.

Announcements & Photos

Orders can be placed online by visiting HerffJones or through the bookstore. Plan to come by the bookstore’s Grad Fair in the spring.

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