Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and the procession begins at 9:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive early to allow sufficient time go through security and find your seats.
Important Note: This event and event policies are subject to change in order to comply with university health and safety policies and county and state public health guidelines. We will update this website if things change due to the pandemic, as we may receive further guidance from state, county, and university officials. Thank you for your understanding.
Commencement Stadium Guidelines
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. This policy limits the size and types of bags permitted. Items must be carried or fit into a permissible bag.
Security at the stadium gate entry
In addition to the clear bag policy, there will be electronic screening equipment (metal detectors) in use at all venue entry gates. Before entering the stadium, guests will be asked to remove cell phones, keys and other large metal objects and must pass through the metal detectors.
The Commencement ceremony is scheduled to occur rain or shine. The stadium is an open space and little to no shade is available during the ceremony. Maples Pavilion provides an on campus alternative to view a livestream of the ceremony, from an indoor, air-conditioned space. Dress for the heat; light clothing is advisable. Hats, visors, and sun block are also highly recommended. Umbrellas are not allowed.
Smoking is prohibited at Stanford Stadium, at all indoor locations and at outdoor areas where posted.
These policies are subject to change without notice.
Parking and Transportation
We recommend you arrive early to avoid delays.
Please remember to lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables inside. Parking attendants will not be monitoring parking areas closely.
Disability parking and drop-off
Guests with limited mobility or other assistive needs may also be dropped off in this lot.
Other Transportation to Campus
For general information about traveling to campus on public transit please visit the Stanford Transportation Transit page.
On-campus transportation may be limited during the weekend. Special shuttle routes for parking, Caltrain to the Stadium, and the president's reception are included on the interactive Commencement map.
Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Stanford Stadium
- In the morning on Saturday and Sunday, a special stadium shuttle will run between the Palo Alto Caltrain Station and the corner of Nelson Road and Galvez Street.
- On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a parking shuttle will run along Campus Drive and Jane Stanford Way, stopping at the Galvez Lot.
President's reception shuttle
- No parking is available at the Hoover House
- A shuttle will run between Tressider Memorial Union and the Hoover House
For health and safety reasons personal golf carts are not allowed to be brought onto the campus during Commencement Weekend.
At the Stadium
Food and drink
Bottled water, as well as multiple water refill stations, will be available at the stadium. Food and beverage concessions will be available for purchase. All concessions locations will be self-order using cashless payment such as Cardinal Dollars, credit cards, and Apple or Google Pay.
Complimentary Bag Check
Guests with bags or items that do not satisfy the Public Safety Clear Bag Policy are welcome to bring them to the complimentary bag check tent.
The bag check tent opens two hours before the ceremony begins and closes one hour after the conclusion of the event. Any items left after closing will be brought to the Stanford Stadium Operations Office, located inside Gate 1 of the stadium.
Due to safety regulations, no strollers are allowed inside the stadium. For your convenience, strollers may be checked at the complimentary bag check tent.
Lost and Found
For lost items, visit the Stanford Athletics Lost and Found website. Found items may be turned in to any staff member, and the info tables, or at the Stadium Operations Office inside Gate 1.
A First Aid station is located inside Stadium Gate 3. Stations are also located in the concourse near sections 115 and 132.
See the stadium map for locations of parking, health check-in and entry gates, seating sections, restrooms and other amenities at the stadium.
Locations and hours are subject to change.
Items and Vendors at the Stadium
Programs will be available at all main entry gates of the stadium. A digital version of the program, as well as a listing of the names of the degree candidates, will be also posted on this website Commencement Weekend.
A small selection of vendors will be located outside the gates until just after the ceremony concludes.
Ah Sam Floral, Co.
Ah Sam Floral, Co. will have leis and handheld bouquets for purchase at the Commencement ceremonies. Flowers can be pre-ordered online until Wednesday, June 8th.
The Stanford Bookstore will have a variety of Stanford apparel and more available for purchase.
Pick up the special Commencement edition of the Stanford Daily at all gates.
Stanford Quad Yearbook
The Stanford Quad Yearbook will have sample books and information about how to place orders online.
Stanford Student Store
The Stanford Student Store will have apparel and more available for purchase.
Vendor list/locations subject to change.
Additional Viewing Options
In addition to attending Commencement in the Stanford Stadium, guests may also watch the Commencement ceremonies broadcasted live inside Maples Pavilion on campus. This 7,392-seat multi-purpose arena is air conditioned. Learn more about viewing from Maples Pavilion.
Live webcast and broadcast
The main Commencement ceremony will also be webcast live on this website, and broadcast live on Stanford's radio station KZSU FM 90.1 and on kzsu.stanford.edu.
Videos of Baccalaureate and the main Commencement ceremony will be available on Stanford's YouTube channel following the event.
School and Department Ceremonies
Separate from the main Commencement ceremony, individual school and department celebrations will take place at various locations across campus. Please note: These events may be located some distance from the stadium. Consult the Stanford Commencement Map for walking directions.
Public Restrooms on Campus
In addition to the restrooms at the stadium, several additional restrooms across campus will be open during the weekend. See the interactive Google map for public restroom locations.
Bring your own clear bag approved reusable water bottle! If everyone attending commencement brought a disposable water bottle, it would generate enough waste to cover 27 football fields!
All PPE and sanitary wipes should be disposed of in landfill trash bins (not recycling or composting).
Paper programs can be saved as mementos, or they can be disposed of in recycling bins.
Health and Safety
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.
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, however vaccination status and test results will not be verified. Face coverings are no longer required at Stanford, but continue to be strongly recommended on-site regardless of vaccination status. Limited PPE will be available at the stadium. Current policies and protocols at Stanford related to the COVID-19 pandemic are available on Stanford University Health Alerts.
International Graduates and Guests
Individuals returning or coming to campus following international travel must adhere to the Stanford University Guidelines for Travelers.