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2014 Commencement Guide

Three students walking in cap and gown

Whether you’re savoring every minute of college life until it’s time to walk the stage or you feel like that pivotal moment can’t come soon enough, there’s no doubt about it: it’s commencement season. With finals, job hunting, or even a graduate degree program in your near future, it’s understandable if graduation details have slipped off you’re to-do list. But the cap and gown – and everything that goes along with it – is important, so Class of 2014, here’s a handy graduation guide just for you.

Graduation Garb

San Diego State University sticks to tradition when it comes to commencement attire. All participants are required to wear full academic regalia, including the gown, mortarboard with tassel, and a red ribbon with an SDSU medallion. Your tassel color will depend on the college you’re graduating from. Students graduating with the Summa cum laude honors distinction will be awarded an honors cord to wear during the ceremony.

If you missed your chance to buy these items and other graduation souvenirs such as diploma frames and announcements at GradFest, just drop in to the SDSU Bookstore or visit for everything you’ll need come show time.

Tickets, Please

Tickets are required for all participants and their guests. If you didn’t get yours at GradFest, you have until May 9 to claim them at the Viejas Arena Ticket Office. After that, there’s no guaranteeing you’ll get all the tickets you’re originally allotted. If there are still tickets left by May 12, the ticket office will distribute them on a first-come, first-served basis to SDSU students with valid RedIDs.

Ceremony Dates

Mark your calendar! Graduation ceremonies are scheduled according to the college granting your degree. 

Thursday, May 15 

Rollie Carrillo Quad 

7 pm: Imperial Valley Campus

Friday, May 16

Viejas Arena

9 am: College of Health and Human Services

1 pm: College of Sciences

5:30 pm: College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Saturday, May 17
Viejas Arena

8 am: College of Business Administration

1 pm: College of Arts and Letters 

5 pm: College of Engineering

Sunday, May 18
Viejas Arena
9 am: College of Education and the Division of Undergraduate Studies

Travel Discounts

While your friends may be perfectly happy crashing on your couch for the weekend, your family and other guests coming to town for your big day may find a hotel more comfortable. Luckily for them, SDSU has partnered with Bartell Hotels to offer discounted room rates for all eight of their San Diego locations. Visit the Aztec Parent Programs website for more information on travel discounts.