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Women celebrating at a 2014 SDSU Commencement ceremony. Women celebrating at a 2014 SDSU Commencement ceremony.

Class of 2015 Commencement

Nearly 9,600 degree candidates will participate in SDSU’s graduation ceremonies, May 14 to 17.
By Natalia Elko

*** Rain Notice***

In case of rain, candidates should arrive to L Lot, across from Parking Structure 4, at least 45 minutes before the processional start time, unless otherwise noted for your college. See college links below.

Once candidates enter through security and show their RedID, they will proceed directly inside Viejas Arena where they will be seated according to their department.

Please note candidates will be unable to bring umbrellas inside the arena due to the limited mobility on the arena floor and potential tripping hazard. However, there will be bins located at the entrance to store umbrellas during the ceremony.

All guests will be allowed to bring umbrellas into the arena, but they cannot be the bigger beach or golf umbrella size.

Twitter users can follow commencement tweets posted by students, faculty and staff by searching for #sdsugrad.

This month San Diego State University will celebrate Commencement 2015 from May 14 to 17, graduating 9,587 degree candidates.

There will be eight separate ceremonies throughout the weekend, including one at SDSU’s Imperial Valley campus.

Of those graduating, 7,542 will earn bachelor’s degrees from one of SDSU’s eight colleges. This year, 2,034 graduate students will receive master’s degrees and 171 will receive doctoral degrees.

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts will hold the largest ceremony honoring 1,880 degree candidates, awarding 1,625 bachelor’s and 255 master’s. The most intimate ceremony is the College of Engineering, with 705 degree candidates — 543 of those will earn bachelor’s degrees, 156 master’s degrees, and six will receive doctorates.

By tradition, SDSU’s Commencement ceremonies include a processional, introductions, awards, speakers and a recessional. Each processional is led by a grand marshal carrying a college banner, followed by faculty marshals in full academic regalia.

Commencement schedule

Thursday, May 14, 2015, Rollie Carrillo Quad

Imperial Valley Campus Ceremony, 7 p.m.

Mariano-Florentino Cuellar
, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California

Friday, May 15, 2015, Viejas Arena

College of Health and Human Services Ceremony, 10 a.m.

College of Arts and Letters Ceremony, 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 2015, Viejas Arena

College of Business Administration Ceremony, 8 a.m.

Honorary Doctorate Recipient: San Diego philanthropist Conrad Prebys will be recognized with an honorary doctor of humane letters during a private ceremony to be held on June 3, 2015.

College of Sciences Ceremony, 1 p.m.

College of Engineering Ceremony, 5:30 p.m.

Joe Kiani
, CEO, Founder, Chairman, and CEO Masimo Corporation

Sunday, May 17, 2015, Viejas Arena

College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts Ceremony, 9 a.m.

George Dionisopoulos
, professor from School of Communication and 2014-15 Monty Award winner

College of Education and the Division of Undergraduate Studies Ceremony, 2 p.m.

Parking and transportation

Ceremonies held at Viejas Arena are expected to fill the 12,000 person capacity, so alternate approaches to campus such as trolley and bus services are recommended.

SDSU will provide courtesy parking in designated parking areas across campus during commencement ceremonies. Special accommodations for disabled parking will also be provided.

Watch and connect with commencement

SDSU Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on:

  • Cox South County and Poway, Channel 23
  • Cox North County, Channel 18
  • Time Warner Cable, Channel 19

Broadcast times for individual ceremonies can be found online.

The commencement ceremonies will be streaming live from

Twitter users can follow commencement tweets posted by students, faculty and staff by searching for #sdsugrad.

Please visit SDSU’s commencement website for additional information.