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2020 Commencement update from President Tessier-Lavigne

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Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne

August 16, 2021

Dear Stanford 2020 graduates,

Since your Stanford graduation was a virtual celebration, we have remained committed to finding a time to celebrate together, in person, on campus. So I am excited to let you know that we have set a date to do that: Saturday, June 11, 2022.

You completed your Stanford education in unusual times. Now we will celebrate your accomplishments with a traditional ceremony, surrounded by family and friends in Stanford Stadium, with all the elements that make Commencement Weekend on the Farm special.

The stadium ceremony, Baccalaureate and Senior Dinner on the Quad will be focused on 2020 graduates. These will be separate from the Commencement ceremony on June 12 and other corresponding events for 2022 graduates. Additional gatherings during the weekend, some of them conducted jointly, will enable you to spend time with others from the departments, schools and programs that helped shape your Stanford journey.

We are continuing to work out other aspects of the weekend. These include lodging options, speakers and financial aid for those with need. Stay tuned for updates via email and on the Commencement 2020 website, where you can also find FAQs with more details.

You’ve waited a long time for this ceremony and we want to make it special. Your suggestions have been very useful in our planning and, to further help, please let us know if you are likely to attend by filling out this short form.

Start making your plans for the weekend of June 10-12 and, as you pursue new adventures in the meantime, your Stanford alumni family can help you stay connected.

In the 14 months since we first saluted your accomplishments and encouraged you to keep dreaming big, I hope that you have been finding success and drawing on your Stanford friends and mentors.

Nothing can fully make up for the disruptions caused by the pandemic, but we’re excited to host a memorable, meaningful weekend for you and your classmates. We are honored to have the chance to recognize your achievements once again, this time in person!


Marc Tessier-Lavigne