three 2011 graduates smile

At a Glance

Student Speaker Applications

The student speaker selection committee is accepting applications for students to deliver a Commencement address to their fellow graduates.


Saturday, May 11, 2013


9 a.m. for the Schools of Education, Arts & Humanities, and Business & Economics


3 p.m. for the Schools of Science & Technology and Social Sciences

Ceremonies last approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.


The Commencement Lawn by the Lakes

Who is Eligible to Walk in Ceremony

Students who graduated in December 2012 and have applied for graduation in May 2013 and August 2013

Graduate Arrival Time & Location

Graduates should report to the processional line-up on the north side of Stevenson Hall. Look for your school banner. Arrive at 8:15 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony and at 2:15 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. ceremony.

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.

Caps and 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.


Permits are not required on Commencement day. Advance reservations can be made for disabled and mobility limited guests to park in Lot G, the closest lot to 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 next to the graduate seating area.

Guest Info

General seating is on a first come basis. Reservations and tickets are not needed. Seating is available for 4,000+ guests in chairs and bleachers on the Commencement Lawn. See above Parking info for the disabled and for those with limited mobility. Due to having about 1,000 graduates per ceremony, seating for friends and family members is limited.

Announcements and Photos

Order from at the Sonoma State University Bookstore. Come to the bookstore’s Grad Fair Feb. 18-19 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Student Center, Ballroom D.

Grad Fair

This is a must attend event for graduates. The SSU Bookstorewill hold its annual Grad Fair from 10am- 3pm in the Student Center, Ballroom D on February 18-19. It is highly recommended that all graduates attend as vendors will be available to answer questions and assist graduates with their purchasing needs.

Photographers will take cap and gown (loaned for the shoot) photos of graduating students at the Grad Fair. There is no sitting fee and no obligation to purchase. Proofs will be emailed to students within 48 hours of the sitting.


Andrea Rodriguez-Jereb
Commencement Coordinator
(707) 664-2018


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