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Graduates receive six (6) field tickets and up to ten (10) bleacher tickets for family and friends. Instructions on how to claim electronic tickets via print-at-home or mobile options are available upon purchase of academic attire staring June 3, 2019.

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The Commencement Office cannot issue any additional field tickets due to fire code. If the graduate needs more than six (6) field tickets, it is recommended to ask fellow graduates not using their full allocation. Additional bleacher tickets are available by request by emailing the Commencement Office.

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Each graduate is issued two (2) guest permits included with the purchase of academic attire.

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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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  • Instructions on how to claim electronic ceremony tickets
  • 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 3, 2019. 

Each student walks across the stage one time. Students with multiple degrees will be recognized in the Commencement Program, but must choose with which department to sit and walk. Please indicate which department when completing the Undergraduate Response Form. Your hood color will reflect the school or college chosen. 

Line up for the academic procession promptly at 8:00 a.m. on June 15, 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.

Gold honor cords are included with bachelor's candidate attire if the student has achieved an overall grade point average of 3.50 or higher, as of Winter Quarter closest to the spring ceremony. Certain honor societies and student organizations offer their members honor cords and may be any color.

Honor cords are draped over the neck across the shoulders. The cord should fall evenly on both sides on the outside front of the gown.

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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