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College of Arts and Letters

Commencement Ceremony

When: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Viejas Arena

The processional will begin promptly at 10:45 a.m. 

Graduate names will not be called at the main ceremony and the ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. Graduate names are called at the individual departmental ceremonies


When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Viejas Arena
Faculty only, there is no student rehearsal

Entrance to Viejas Arena

Candidates enter Viejas Arena through Parking Lot 13 located on the ground level, across from Parking Structure 12.  All guests must access Viejas Arena through the main entrance gates.

Candidates must arrive in Lot 13 at least 45 minutes before the processional start time unless otherwise noted.

Tickets and Seating

To ensure orderly entrance to Viejas Arena, all guests ages one (1) year of age and older must have tickets.

Candidates may pick up complimentary, reserved seat tickets during GradFest in Montezuma Hall at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student, March 21-23, from 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

The number of tickets available to each student is determined by the number of candidates graduating in each college. 

If guests have difficulty climbing steep stairs, please advise at time of ticket disbursement. 

Commencement tickets are provided at no charge to all graduates. SDSU does not authorize the sale of complimentary tickets.

Get more information about tickets.

Additional Ceremony Information and Questions

Get more information about the ceremony and departmental ceremonies and receptions for the College of Arts and Letters (PDF).

If you have questions, please contact:

Michelle Lenoue
(619) 594-6339

Valid ID Required

RedID RequiredDue to stringent security measures, all students participating in commencement are required to present their SDSU RedID card or a valid, government-issued picture ID for admittance to Viejas Arena.

Students who do not bring valid ID to Viejas Arena will not be allowed to participate in commencement.

Get additional information about pre-ceremony assembly and processional.

Disability AccessDisability Access

Candidates with mobility or hearing difficulties or other disabilities should contact:

Student Disability Services
(619) 594-6473

Please call by April 15, 2017.