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Commencement Ceremony

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Viejas Arena
The processional will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. 
The ceremony will last approximately two hours.


When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Viejas Arena
(Platform party and volunteers 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 by 11:45 a.m.


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 Union, March 20-22, 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 for the College of Sciences (PDF)

If you have questions, please contact:

Julie Scalisi
(619) 594-7723

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 Ability Success Center
(619) 594-6473

Please call by April 15, 2018.

Contact Information For:
President's Office Special Events