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Frequently Asked Questions for the Class of 2021

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 The questions below will be updated as we have new information to share with 2021 graduates and their family members.

Updated as of June 1, 2022

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Not part of the Class of 2021? Click to view FAQs specific to the Class of 2022. 

General Questions

If I was eligible to graduate in 2021 but was unable to attend the Spring 2021 in-person ceremony, will I be able to attend a future ceremony?
2021 graduates who would like to attend a future ceremony are able to participate in the rescheduled in-person Commencement for 2020 graduates on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

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. Those who walk on the field in the 2020 ceremony 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 Commencement or Baccalaureate ceremonies, however some other events, such as department/school and community celebrations, may require registration.

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.

Where can I obtain a copy of the programs for the 2021 ceremonies?
The printable ceremony program links are listed below:
Saturday, June 12: Advanced Degree Ceremony Program
Sunday, June 13: Senior Class of 2021 Ceremony Program

Is there a list of 2021 graduates and their degrees?
Yes, the printable list of the Conferred Degrees and Degree Candidates 2020-21 can be found here.

I missed the livestream. Where can I view the advanced degree or senior class ceremonies?
The recordings of the 2021 livestreamed ceremonies can be viewed here.

How do international F1 or J1 students obtain a Travel Visa Letter of Invitation if they would like to attend in June 2022?
You may email 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.

Is a separate Dinner on the Quad event being planned for Class of 2021 undergraduate degree holders?
Graduation celebration events for the Class of 2021 occurred in June 2021 and included a Senior Time Capsule, Photos on the Quad and the Countdown to Commencement Party featuring complimentary dinner, drinks, music, and souvenirs for graduates. A separate Dinner on the Quad for the Class of 2021 is not being planned.

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.

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. As the ceremony approaches, if you need access information and/or accommodations, please contact the office. Ways to contact the DAO:
Phone: (650) 725-0326
TTY: (650) 723-1216
Fax: (650) 723-1791

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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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Class of 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

Not part of the Class of 2021? Click to view FAQs specific to the Class of 2020. 

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Class of 2022 Frequently Asked Questions

Not part of the Class of 2021? Click below to view FAQs specific to the Class of 2022.