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Frequently Asked Questions for the Class of 2022

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 The questions below will be updated as we have new information to share with 2022 graduates and their family members.

Updated as of June 1, 2022

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General Questions

When is the Class of 2022’s commencement ceremony?
We will honor the Class of 2022 with an in-person commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 12th, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. PDT in Stanford Stadium. The event will be livestreamed and recorded as well.

When will the detailed schedule be announced?
See the weekend schedule for 2022 graduates.

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 have successfully petitioned to walk will be permitted on the field (see note below). Those who walk on the field must show their Stanford ID at the check-in gate. If you forgot your ID, go to the verification table near the gate. Registration will not be required for the in-person Baccalaureate celebration. Other events, such as department/school and community celebrations, may require registration.

IMPORTANT for 2022 graduates: If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate in the 2022 Commencement ceremony, please read the Commencement ceremony participation eligibility criteria document carefully. If you do not fall into one of the categories mentioned, please fill out the participation request form linked in the document. If you meet the criteria listed in the document, please DO NOT fill out the participation request form. You will be able to attend Commencement.

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 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 2022 Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. in Frost Amphitheater.

Will there be a Senior Dinner on the Quad?
Yes, we are pleased to announce that 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 2022 Senior Dinner on the Quad event details.

Will there be a Wacky Walk?
Yes!

Will the commencement 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.

Is there financial support available for students with need?
Students can find information about support available through the Opportunity Fund here: https://fli.stanford.edu/students/current-students/financial-support/opportunity-fund

Where can I order my cap and gown, class ring, diploma frame and graduation announcements?
Academic regalia, class rings, diploma frames and graduation announcements 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

I am a family member/friend of a graduate. Where can I find information about lodging?
Links to listings of general hotel 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.

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.

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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Class of 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

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Class of 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

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