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Graduating students receive six (6) Undergraduate Commencement FIELD tickets and up to ten (10) BLEACHER tickets.

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The Commencement Office will not issue any additional field tickets. If the graduate needs more than six (6) field tickets, it is recommended to ask fellow graduates not using their full allocation.

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Requests for additional bleacher tickets beyond the ten (10) must be made by emailing the Commencement Office at eventplanningoffice@scu.edu.

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Graduates participating in the Undergraduate Ceremony will receive two (2) permits. One permit is designated for the graduate. The second additional permit is designated for a graduate's guest.

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Attire will be available for purchase at the Campus Bookstore beginning June 5, 2017 through Commencement Day. Graduates need NOT place an order for attire in advance. The bookstore will stock enough attire for all graduates to purchase.

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  • Instructions on how to claim ceremony tickets for mobile device or print-at-home
  • Two (2) parking permits 
  • 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 5, 2017. 

Each student will walk across the stage one time. Students with multiple degrees will be recognized in the Commencement Program, but will need to choose with which department to walk. Please indicate which department when completing the Undergraduate Response Form

Line up for the academic procession promptly at 8:00 a.m. on June 17, 2017 on the Alameda Mall & Santa Clara Mall. Please line up behind the appropriate sign in order as indicated by the number on your "name to be read" card (received in the Commencement Packet).  

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.

Gold honor cords will be included with bachelor's candidate attire if the student has achieved an overall grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. Certain honor societies also offer their students honor cords and may be any color. Honor cords are worn around the shoulders.

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 registrar@scu.edu or 408-554-4331.

We respectfully request that attendees bring only small bags and purses. To create and maintain a safe experience, all bags are subject to search. By entering the stadium, you consent to such searches and waive any related claims that you might have.

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