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Commencement Weekend is fast approaching and we look forward to your participation in this very special celebration for the Stanford community, graduating students, their families, and friends. Please take a moment to review important faculty instructions and scheduling information regarding the weekend's festivities. Note: information is subject to change, so check back often.

Faculty, staff and trustees gather at the Sunken Diamond to dress in academic regalia and prepare to march in the processional.

Confirm Your Participation

To help us plan seating and other logistical arrangements, we appreciate you confirming your participation in Commencement Weekend 2023 at your earliest convenience, and no later than Friday, June 9.

Commencement Information

When to arrive: No later than 9:00 a.m.

Where to go: Sunken Diamond near Chuck Taylor Grove across from the stadium.

What to bring: A current Stanford ID and academic attire (worn). 

Where to park: Due to road closures and heavy traffic at the end of the ceremony, you may consider parking further away and walking to the stadium.

What to do: Faculty marshals will provide instructions regarding the procession and stage seating when you arrive.

Faculty procession into the stadium

Weekend Schedule

Saturday, June 17

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Baccalaureate
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - President's Reception at Hoover House
Various times - Professional school celebrations

Sunday, June 18

8:30 a.m. - Faculty to meet at Sunken Diamond (refreshments available)
9:15 a.m. - Faculty processional lineup begins
9:30 a.m. - The procession into the Stadium begins, led by the 2023 senior class, 2023 advanced degrees, and faculty/stage party
10:15 a.m. - The Commencement ceremony begins
11:30 a.m. - The Commencement ceremony concludes and faculty recession out of the stadium begins
12:30 p.m. - School and Departmental celebrations begin (various times and locations across campus)

Schedule subject to change.

Caption/Description: Faculty procession at the 127th Stanford Commencement Ceremony, Stanford Stadium

Academic Attire Rentals

Academic attire is required for all faculty processing in the main Commencement ceremony.

Tuesday, March 7: Cap and gown rental pre-ordering website goes live
Monday, April 17: Deadline to place custom regalia purchase order
Thursday, April 27: Faculty deadline to order rental regalia
Thursday, June 1: Rental pre-order cap and gown distribution begins at the bookstore
Monday, June 5: Open stock cap and gown rentals begin at the bookstore

Have questions? Visit or email the Stanford Bookstore at

Custom Regalia

Custom Stanford regalia bearing school crests and colors reflecting areas of study are available to purchase. Deadline for placing an order will be Monday, April 17.

Should you have questions regarding your order, please contact the Stanford Bookstore: (650) 329-1217 ext. 8329 or