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Frequently Asked Questions for the Class of 2020

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The questions below will be updated as we have new information to share with 2020 graduates and their family members.

Updated as of June 1, 2022

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General Questions

Participation & Registration

Weekend Schedule

Logistics

COVID Health & Safety

General Questions

When is the Class of 2020’s rescheduled in-person commencement ceremony?
We will honor the Class of 2020 with an in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 11th, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. PDT in Stanford Stadium.  The event will be livestreamed and recorded as well.

Will the ceremonies for 2020 graduates and 2022 graduates be combined?
No. Each class will have its own ceremony in Stanford Stadium as well as separate Baccalaureate ceremonies and separate Senior Dinner on the Quad events. Other gatherings throughout the weekend may be conducted jointly with 2022 graduates.

Participation & Registration

Can I participate in the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 11?
Any student who graduated in any quarter during academic year 2019-20 or 2020-21 is welcome to attend. If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate, please read the Commencement ceremony participation eligibility criteria document carefully.

Do I need to register to attend?
Registration will not be required for the in-person Commencement ceremony, though only those who meet the eligibility requirements or successfully petitioned to walk will be permitted on the field.  Those who walk on the field must show an access pass at the check-in gate. You can request your access pass until Thursday, June 9 if you have not yet received it via email. If you forget your access pass or did not receive one, go to the verification table near the gate. Registration will not be required for the in-person Baccalaureate celebration. Other weekend events, such as department/school and community celebrations, may require registration.

I am a 2020 graduate. How can I ensure I’m on the mailing list to receive communications about commencement?
For graduates who missed the deadline to submit the Expression of Interest form but still wish to participate in Commencement Weekend activities, details will be available on this website and we recommend checking the site regularly. Completion of the form is not required to participate. You can also sign up to receive upcoming commencement communications. You should also ensure that you update your alumni contact information.

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Weekend Schedule

When will the detailed schedule be announced?
See the weekend schedule for 2020 graduates.

When should I plan to arrive at Stanford?
Activities for 2020 graduates will begin in the afternoon on Friday, June 10th.

Will there be departmental and school gatherings?
Yes. Gatherings will be organized by the schools and departments. Gatherings for 2020 graduates may be combined with those for 2022 graduates. See the listing of all school and department celebrations happening during the weekend. Please reach out to your individual school or department for additional information regarding their events.

Will there be a Baccalaureate ceremony?
Yes, separate Baccalaureate ceremonies will be held for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2022. The Class of 2020 Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. in Frost Amphitheater.

Will there be a Senior Dinner on the Quad?
Yes, the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2022 will each have the opportunity to enjoy its own Senior Dinner on the Quad, hosted by the Stanford Alumni Association. See the 2020 Senior Dinner on the Quad event details.

Will there be a Wacky Walk?
Yes!

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Logistics

Is there a limitation on the number of guests I can invite?
Commencement at the stadium is open to all guests. There are no tickets. Please check with your individual academic department regarding their celebrations and any venue capacity limitations related to those events.

I am a family member/friend of a graduate. Where can I find information about lodging?
Links to listings of accommodations in the Bay Area can be found on our lodging page. While there is no official discounted Commencement guest rate, many hotels in the immediate vicinity may offer a special rate for Stanford visitors.

Will any campus housing be available for the weekend?
Unfortunately, not. Due to end-of-quarter constraints, commitments to current residents and COVID protocols, dormitory space will not be available. However, the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) has partnered with HBC Event Services to offer discounted hotel accommodations for 2020 graduates during Commencement Weekend.

Will Stanford provide financial assistance to students for the weekend?
The deadline for requests was February 28.

Will a cap and gown (regalia) be required?
Yes, regalia will be required for all graduates participating in the in-person ceremonies. Academic regalia, and other graduation items can be ordered through the Stanford Bookstore. To guard against continuing delays in the supply chain, place your order as early as possible.

I missed the deadline to order regalia, what can I do?
Graduates who have missed the April 25 deadline to order rental regalia can either place a late order online for direct shipping by the dates indicated on this document and pay the shipping fees noted, or go to the bookstore during open stock distribution beginning June 2nd. Please reach out directly to the Stanford Bookstore for any further regalia related inquiries.

How do I request accommodations for a disability?
The Diversity & Access Office (DAO) coordinates all disability-related accommodations for all Commencement activities. Please submit your Request for Disability-Related Accommodations no later than May 27, 2022. If you have additional questions, please see the Accessibility page or contact the DAO:
Phone: (650) 725-0326
Email: disability.access@stanford.edu
TTY: (650) 723-1216
Fax: (650) 723-1791

Will the ceremony be viewable online for people who cannot attend?
Yes, the main Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed on the Commencement website, and broadcast live on Stanford’s radio station KZSU 90.1FM and on kzsu.stanford.edu. A complete recording of Commencement will be available on Stanford YouTube following the events.

How do international F1 or J1 students obtain a Travel Visa Letter of Invitation?
You may email commencement@stanford.edu for information regarding Visa Letters of Invitation. Please note: Bechtel International Center does not provide Letters of Invitation.

As I am no longer a student, my F1 or J1 visa has expired. How do I get a visa to come back for commencement?
Since you are no longer a student, you would need to come back on a tourist visa. Visas are issued by the U.S. Department of State at consulates or embassies overseas. You must contact the consulate or embassy in your home country for the instructions on how to apply and what documentation is required.

What can I bring with me to the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies?
Stanford University has implemented a clear bag policy for Commencement to provide a safer environment for the public and expedite entry into Stanford Stadium and Frost Amphitheater. This policy limits the size and types of bags permitted. Items must be carried or fit into a permissible bag. Review which bags and items are approved and prohibited

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COVID Health & Safety

What COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for the ceremony?
Up-to-date information about Stanford’s visitor policy can be found on the HealthAlerts website.

Do I need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a recent negative COVID-19 test to visit campus?
It is strongly recommended that all attendees be fully vaccinated (including boosters) or, for those unable to be vaccinated, obtain a negative test for COVID-19 within 24 hours prior to attending any events. Vaccination status and test results will not be verified at the ceremonies. If you feel sick or test positive for COVID-19, DO NOT attend any in person events on campus and stay home. The main Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed for anyone who is unable to attend.

Are face coverings required?
Visitors must comply with the University’s face covering requirements. With certain exceptions, face coverings are no longer required but continue to be strongly recommended on-site, regardless of vaccination status.

I will be traveling to campus from another state or country. What protocols will apply to domestic and international travelers?
All travelers, including domestic and international, are required to adhere to the policies outlined on the Health Alerts website. Before traveling, please visit the following websites for travel information and restrictions, updates and alerts:

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