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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Will there be an in-person Commencement for 2020 graduates?
  2. What will the virtual celebration on June 14 be like?
  3. Will the June 14th virtual celebration be for both advanced degree and undergraduate students?
  4. Will the virtual celebration be available to view after June 14?
  5. What resources will be available to ensure the online celebration is accessible to graduates and guests with disabilities?
  6. How will graduates receive their diplomas?
  7. Will graduates still have an opportunity to join the Stanford Alumni Association and receive the benefits of being alumni in June?
  8. Can families join for the June 14 virtual celebration?
  9. How do I participate in the virtual celebration on June 14, 2020?
  10. I know all regalia orders have been cancelled but can I still order regalia so I can take pictures at home with my family this June?
  11. If I live nearby, can I visit campus to take my own graduation photographs?

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not addressed on this website, contact the Office of Special Events & Protocol.

1. Will there be an in-person Commencement for 2020 graduates?

Yes. We are committed to holding an in-person, on-campus Commencement for 2020 graduates. The timing and format will depend on the evolution of the COVID-19 situation. We also plan to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students in a virtual celebration on June 14, 2020.

2. What will the virtual celebration on June 14 be like?

The celebration will reimagine traditions for a virtual setting, taking advantage of the opportunity to include multiple voices from the Stanford community. Featured will be reflections and recollections by 2020 graduates and inspirational messages from alumni – including some special guests – with words addressing students graduating in unusual times. It will not be a virtual replication of a traditional Commencement ceremony.

3. Will the June 14th virtual celebration be for both advanced degree and undergraduate students?

Yes, the virtual celebration will honor the entire community of 2020 graduates.

4. Will the virtual celebration be available to view after June 14?

Yes, the Celebration 2020 website will remain online after June 14.

5. What resources will be available to ensure the online celebration is accessible to graduates and guests with disabilities?

There will be a virtual celebration for 2020 graduates on June 14 at 10:00 a.m. PDT that will include pre-recorded videos. All activities will have captions included. If you need any other disability-related accommodations in order to participate in the virtual celebration event, please contact the Diversity & Access Office by Friday, June 12, 2020.

Diversity & Access Office
Phone: (650) 725-0326
Email: disability.access@stanford.edu

6. How will graduates receive their diplomas?

For information related to the Spring Quarter 2019-20 and obtaining your diploma by mail, see the Registrar's Diplomas for Spring Commencement 2019-20 page.

7. Will graduates still have an opportunity to join the Stanford Alumni Association and receive the benefits of being alumni in June?

Beginning with the Class of 2020, all new graduates (both undergrad and grad) will receive a lifetime membership as a gift from the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA)—no purchase required. Learn more on the SAA Class of 2020 membership FAQ page.

8. Can families join for the June 14 virtual celebration?

Yes, families and friends are welcome to join the online celebration of the newest class of Stanford graduates. Please continue to check this page for updates as the date approaches.

9. How do I participate in the virtual celebration on June 14, 2020?

The virtual Celebration of 2020 Graduates will be open to all to view on the Celebration 2020 website on Sunday, June 14 at 10 a.m. PDT.

10. I know all regalia orders have been cancelled but can I still order regalia so I can take pictures at home with my family this June?

Regalia is not required or expected for the June 14 virtual celebration. Unfortunately, the deadline to order rental regalia has passed. Please contact The Stanford Bookstore for additional information.

11. If I live nearby, can I visit campus to take my own graduation photographs?

Unfortunately, visiting campus and other university locations is currently not permitted