Where and when will Commencement be held?

Commencement will be held May 27, 2017, in Spartan Stadium, located at Seventh St. and Alma Avenue. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine, with a procession from the assigned assembly areas into the stadium.

Shuttle buses from the main campus to the stadium will start running at 7 a.m. See the parking and shuttle service map for shuttle bus pick up and return locations.

Graduates will not be admitted onto the stadium floor with the graduating class after the procession into the stadium has ended. You must arrive at your assembly area no later than 8 a.m. Procession starts at 9 a.m.

Be sure to allow sufficient time for parking and walking to the stadium. The stadium ceremony will end by approximately 11:30 a.m.


Who's eligible to participate in Commencement?

Any student who has received the baccalaureate or master's degree from San José State University during the summer of 2016 or in December of 2016, or who anticipates receiving the degree in May of 2017, may participate.

If you receive an email about Commencement in late February, you are eligible to participate in Commencement, and your name will appear in the program; however, if you have questions, please check with the Office of the Registrar (408-283-7500 and press option 3) or contact your evaluator. If you are a graduate student, with the Office of Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (408-924-2480) or graduate@sjsu.edu.


How can eligible students participate in the ceremony?

Students who are eligible and wish to participate should make arrangements to have the proper academic regalia. Except for the purchase of your regalia, there is no additional charge for participating in Commencement. Note there is no need to register to attend commencement.

Submit your Intent to Participate form now to help us gauge the number of students participating in this year’s commencement ceremony and to ensure seating for students. The form is due by May 26, 2017.