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Tickets are NOT required to attend Graduate Commencement. Bring as many family and friends as you wish!

Campus parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits are not required to park in University lots on Friday.

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Attire will be available for purchase at the Campus Bookstore starting June 3, 2019 through Commencement Day. Graduates do NOT place an order for attire in advance. The bookstore stocks enough attire for all graduates to purchase.

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  • Detailed day-of information 
  • "Name-to-be-read" card

The Commencement Packet is provided at no additional cost to the graduate, upon the purchase of academic attire from the Campus Bookstore starting June 3, 2019. 

Line up for the academic procession promptly at 7:00 p.m. on June 14, 2019 on the Alameda Mall, the lawn area between Benson Center and Learning Commons. Find the place in line as indicated by the number on your "name-to-be-read" card included in the Commencement Packet. Think Southwest Airlines boarding process!

Students are lined up by college or school, then by department, and finally in alphabetical order by last name.

  1. The level of degree received: the bachelor's hood is 3 feet long, the master's degree is 3.5 feet long, the doctor's degree is 4 feet long with wide panels on either side.
  2. The college or university granting the degree: Santa Clara University hoods are cardinal over white. 
  3. The area of study: dark blue for philosophy (Ph.D), light blue for education and counseling, white for arts and humanities, golden yellow for sciences, orange for engineering, purple for law, drab (brown) for business, scarlet for theology.

Place the hood, velvet side up, over the head draping over the back outside of the gown. The V-shape end sits at front of the neck and the longer U-shape drapes over the back. Starting just below the shoulders, turn out the inner lining to reveal the school colors.

On stage, you will receive only your portfolio (diploma case). The diploma will be mailed to you by the Office of the Registrar once the completion of academic requirements has been verified. The mailings will begin in September for June graduates. Any questions about diplomas should be directed to Office of the Registrar at or 408-554-4331.

Heightened security demands all bags be subject to search upon entry into Stevens Stadium and Bellomy Field. By entering these venues, you consent to such searches and waive any related claims. To facilitate entry and avoid additional screening, we respectfully request that attendees adhere to the allowed and prohibited items list.

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