Preparing to Graduate

Sign Up for Commencement

Students who received degrees in August 2017, December 2017 and August 2018 or have applied to graduate in May 2018 and plan to attend commencement should complete the Intent to Participate form beginning March 5 (the form will be posted soon!). The Intent to Participate form should be completed no later than May 18.

For information on verifying you have completed the requirements for your degree, please contact the Registrar's Office at 408-283-7500 (press option 3) about undergraduate and graduate questions.

Verify Your Name for the Program

Graduating students will be notified through MySJSU and will receive a postcard in the mail with information on how to make sure their name is correct by March 26.

If you do not wish to have your name appear in the commencement program, please contact University Advancement at 408-924-1120​ by April 13.

Grad Fest: March 5 - 8

Commencement books on each commencement participants chair.

Caps, Gowns, Hoods

You may purchase regalia at the Spartan Bookstore in the Diaz Compean Student Union beginning during Grad Fest: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, March 5 to Thursday, March 8. You may also purchase regalia online. All graduates participating in commencement must wear academic regalia.


Graduation announcement samples, pricing and ordering information are available at the Spartan Bookstore. Place your order online or ask a representative for help at the Spartan Bookstore during Grad Fest.


Graduates do not need tickets to participate in commencement. For 2018 spring ceremonies, graduates may claim up to 10 guest tickets. Please visit the guest tickets page for more information (available in early March).

Special Accommodations

Graduates who need special accommodations may contact the Special Events team with the name, phone number, email address and required accommodations two weeks prior to the commencement ceremony.

Participation in the commencement ceremony has been a long and exciting tradition for students receiving undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees from San Jose State.

Frequently Asked Questions


Before Commencement


Day of Commencement