School of Education Commencement Ceremony 2017

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  • Where and when will Commencement be held?

    School of Education Commencement Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on the Sonoma State University campus at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall and Weill Lawn and Terrace on Sunday, May 21, 2017. NO FLOWERS OR GLITTER INSIDE WEILL HALL.

  • Who is eligible to walk?

Any student completing a credential program, or a graduate of Early Childhood Studies or Master's program in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 is eligible to walk. In case of extenuating circumstances, exemptions will be granted on a one-on-one basis for students completing in Fall 2017. If you need an exemption, please contact your Department Chair.

  • Commencement 2017 Student Speaker Application

Please submit application to be student speaker at the School of Education's Commencement Ceremony by Sunday, March 26, 2017, midnight. Only three things needed for submission: 1) Biography 2) Faculty Sponsor and 3) Speech Abstract. Submit your application at School of Education Commencement 2017 Student Speaker.

  • What will graduates and credential candidates wear?

  1. Undergraduate (Early Childhood Studies)- If you are receiving a bachelor’s degree, you will wear the traditional black cap and gown. All graduates are encouraged to order regalia early to ensure correct size. You may order at the University Bookstore or at the HerffJones website.
  2. Credential Candidates (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Special Education and Educational Leadership) must wear professional attire.
  3. Masters Graduates - Master's degree recipients will be hooded on stage. Students will bring thier hoods around thier arm. You may order your cap and gown at the University Bookstore or at the HerffJones website.
  • How and when will tickets be distributed?

Tickets will be available for pick up in Seawolf Plaza on a school-by-school basis between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from April 24-28 and May 1-5. In the case of rain, ticket distribution will be held inside the Student Center. To pick up tickets, students must provide a photo ID and sign for them. Graduates also should be prepared to indicate if any of their guests sitting inside Weill Hall are wheelchair-bound and/or in need of an American Sign Language interpreter.

Friday, April 28: School of Education

Monday, May 1: School of Education

Should circumstances prevent graduates from getting tickets at these dates and times, they should email the Green Music Center Box Office to request an appointment to either pick them up them by May 15 or to retrieve them at Will Call the day of Commencement. The email must include a copy of a photo ID of the graduate, number of tickets needed and the name of the individual picking up the tickets. Graduates should include special seating notes (i.e., guest is wheelchair bound, guest will need ASL interpretation, etc.)

  • How many guest tickets for indoor seating in Weil Hall will graduates/credential candidates receive?

We encourage all graduates' and credential candidates' family and friends to attend Commencement, but because of limited seating inside Weill Hall, a limited number will be able to sit in the hall itself. Currently, we are determining how many graduates will occupy seats in each school’s commencement ceremony. This number will determine how many tickets will be made available to each graduate. At this time, we anticipate that the number of tickets allotted to each graduate will not exceed three, but the final number could be fewer and it could be more. The actual number will be finalized by April 3 and announced on the Commencement website and through other communication.

The Weill Hall Lawn and Terrace can accommodate more than 3,000 guests, and friends and family who do not receive tickets to sit inside the hall, will find ample seating outdoors. No tickets will be required to view Commencement from the Lawn and Terrace, and seating will be first-come-first-serve. Just like patrons who attend concerts at the GMC in the summer, those on the Lawn and Terrace will have a “front row” view of what takes place on the stage via the jumbotrons located outside the hall, and the state-of-the-art sound system will assure that each graduate’s name will be heard by all. Seats will be provided for everyone in the outdoor Commencement audience.

  • When should graduates or credential candidates arrive?

Graduates should arrive one hour prior to their ceremony time and enter through the Schroeder Hall lobby doors, at the south end of the Music Education Building. Graduates will line up by Schroeder Hall in preparation for the processional.

  • Where and when should guests enter the Green Music Center?

Guests who will be seated in Weill Hall should enter through the main entrance to the hall. Ushers will be available to provide guidance and to answer questions.

Guests who will be seated outdoors may enter the gates to the Weill Hall Lawn and Terrace at the south end of the Music Education Building. Ushers will be available to provide guidance and to answer questions.

All seating venues for the ceremony will open approximately an hour before the ceremony.

  • Where should guests park?

Parking is free on Commencement day. The lots directly adjacent to the Green Music Center (Lots M, N, O, P) provide the closest general and disabled parking. Lots G and H are also within walking distance. Guests may use the pick-up and drop-off lane in front of the Music Education Building to assist guests with limited mobility.