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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are tickets required? Is there any limit on how many people I can invite?
  2. Are there any restricted items and/or security requirements?
  3. How do F1 or J1 students obtain a Letter of Invitation?
  4. What if it rains?
  5. What are the Gores, Dinkelspiel and Cuthbertson Awards which are given at the Commencement ceremony?
  6. What vendors and services will be available at the Stadium for the Commencement ceremony?
  7. How do I obtain a copy of the Commencement speeches?
  8. What campus transportation is available during the weekend?
  9. Where can I find Information Centers on campus?

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to our frequently asked questions.

1. Are tickets required? Is there any limit on how many people I can invite?

Tickets to most events are NOT required, and generally there are not limits on the numbers of people individuals can bring. There are exceptions, and some events do require an RSVP. Please see below for some weekend events:

Baccalaureate

No tickets are required, but seating is limited. Please arrive early and allow time to park and walk to the Main Quadrangle.

Commencement Ceremony

No tickets are required to attend the main Commencement ceremony and there is no limit to the number of guests you may bring.

Diploma Ceremonies

Generally, no tickets are required to attend diploma ceremonies; however, some departments may require tickets or reservations due to the limited capacity of a venue. Please contact your school or department for further information about these events.

President's Reception

No tickets are required.

Senior Dinner on the Quad

This event is exclusively for graduating seniors. Reservations are required.

 

2. Are there any restricted items and/or security requirements?

IMPORTANT: New Public Safety Clear Bag Policy

Stanford University has implemented a clear bag policy to provide a safer environment for the public and expedite entry into Stanford Stadium for Commencement. Please review the clear bag policy and FAQs prior to attending the ceremony to see a list of accepted and prohibited bags and items. A printable PDF overview is also available to download.

This policy limits the size and types of bags permitted. Items must be carried or fit into a permissible bag. All bags and items will be subject to search. Anyone possessing prohibited bags or items will be asked to return them to their vehicle, take them to the complementary bag check station or dispose of them in the garbage cans at the gate. Clear bags will also be available at the Stadium. 

Please note: These policies may also apply to other Commencement related events throughout the weekend. Stanford has the authority to prohibit these and any other items deemed to be a security or safety risk. All items are subject to search upon entry. These policies are subject to change without notice.

 

3. How do F1 or J1 students obtain a Letter of Invitation?

The Office of Special Events & Protocol and Bechtel International Center are no longer providing letters of invitation. Instead, students are advised to write their own invitation letters, along with providing supporting documents. 

 

4. What if it rains?

If it is determined due to severely inclement weather that we must utilize the rain plan, it will be announced by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday for the Baccalaureate celebration and by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday for the main Commencement ceremony on the Stanford Radio Station - KZSU 90.1 FM, and other available radio stations in the area. Information will also be added to the Commencement homepage with further details regarding rain plan locations of events.

 

5. What are the Gores, Dinkelspiel and Cuthbertson Awards which are given at the Commencement ceremony?

These awards acknowledge excellence in various contributions made by Stanford faculty, students and staff. Visit the Registrar's Awards page for more information.

 

6. What vendors and services will be available at the Stadium for the Commencement ceremony?

A small selection of vendors will be set up around the stadium perimeter on Sunday for the main Commencement ceremony. The vendors are anticipated to be on-site until just after the ceremony concludes. These vendors may include the following and are subject to change:

Ah Sam Florist – Flowers and leis will be available for purchase at Gates 2, 4, and 6. To arrange flower pickups in advance, or for more information, please visit Ah Sam’s website or contact Ah Sam Florist directly via phone: (650) 341-5611 or email: info@ahsam.com

Stanford Bookstore – The Stanford Bookstore will have a variety of Stanford apparel and more available for purchase at Gates 4 and 6, and in Sections 108 and 118. 

Stanford Quad Yearbook – Purchase a copy of the Stanford Quad Yearbook from their tables in front of Ticket Window #2 and between Gates 3 & 4.

Stanford Student Store – This student-run non-profit will be selling Stanford apparel at their tables located in front of Ticket Window #2 and between Gates 3 & 4.

Stanford Daily – Pick up the special Commencement edition of the Stanford Daily at all gates.

Other Services: 

First Aid: A First Aid station is located at Gate 2.

Lost and Found: The Lost and Found table is located at Gate 2.

Stroller Check: Stroller check will be located OUTSIDE of Gate 3. Strollers are not allowed inside of the Stadium.

Bag Check: Complimentary bag check will be located at Cobb Track/Angell Field.

 

7. How do I obtain a copy of the Commencement speeches?

Links to the recordings of keynote speeches will be available in the weeks following Commencement.

Stanford YouTube

Videos of keynote speeches, as well as highlights of the entire weekend, will be available on Stanford's YouTube channel. 

Stanford iTunes

Stanford on iTunes will also present an audio podcast of the ceremony.

Stanford Radio

KZSU 90.1 FM, Stanford's radio station, will provide a live broadcast of the main Commencement ceremony.

 

8. What campus transportation is available during the weekend?

Limited Marguerite shuttle service will be available throughout the weekend. Please check the Parking & Shuttles page for details as they become available.

 

9. Where can I find Information Centers on campus?

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hoover Tower Lobby and Platform

  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Main Quadrangle, Front Steps

  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Memorial Way and Galvez Streets

  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sam MacDonald Mall

  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Serra and Galvez Streets

  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Serra and Lausen Streets

  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stadium Gates: 2, 4, 6 and 8

  • Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Maples Pavilion

  • Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tresidder Memorial Union (2nd floor, Stanford Ticket Office)

  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visitor Information Services, Galvez and Campus Drive

  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.