Guest FAQ

All Commencement ceremonies will be held on the Sonoma State University campus at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall and Weill Lawn and Terrace. View the at-a-glance page for specific ceremony dates and times.

We encourage all graduates' family and friends to attend Commencement, but because of limited seating inside Weill Hall, each graduate will be allocated two tickets for reserved guest seating either in the hall itself or the first few rows of outdoor seats.

Tickets will be available for pick up by graduates from April 24-28 and May 1-5. See the Graduate FAQ for complete details.

Tickets cannot be replaced so they should be kept in a safe location.

Guests who will be seated in Weill Hall or in the first few rows of the Weill Hall Lawn and Terrace should enter the gate to the Weill Hall Lawn and Terrace at the south end of the Music Education Building. The doors to Weill Hall will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the Commencement ceremony. Ushers will be available to provide guidance and to answer questions. Please refer to the Commencement map.

All ticketed guests must be seated no later than 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. After this time, ticketed guests will only be allowed to enter the outdoor, non-ticketed general admission area.

Guests who will be seated outdoors may enter the gate to the Weill Hall Lawn and Terrace at the south end of the Music Education Building one hour prior to the start of the Commencement ceremony. Ushers will be available to provide guidance and to answer questions. Please refer to the Commencement map.

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..

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.

Yes. No pets (service animals excepted), alcohol, drugs or weapons are allowed in the Green Music Center.

There is a zero-tolerance policy at Commencement for alcohol and drugs. Guests determined to be impaired will be removed from Commencement.

Out of respect to all candidates and their families and guests, we ask that you remain in your seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Each school’s Commencement ceremony will be held at the specified date and time, rain or shine. Those guests who will be seated in the outdoor, general admission area on the Weill Lawn and Terrace should come prepared for the forecasted weather in Rohnert Park that day.

At Commencement 2017, each graduate’s name will be proudly announced as part of the ceremony, and every graduate will walk across the stage of Weill Hall.

There will be a professional photographer from GradImages at each ceremony to take a photo of each graduate receiving his/her diploma cover. Graduates will receive an email proof of images within 48 hours of the ceremony.

Sonoma State Commencement is a big event and local hotels tend to book quickly. Please encourage family and friends to make reservations now.

You can place an order for graduation announcements either online at HerffJones website or from the University Bookstore in the Student Center.

Any questions or comments should be sent by email to the Commencement Coordinator.