Preparing to Graduate

Sign Up for Commencement

Students who received degrees in summer 2017, fall 2017 and summer 2018 or have applied to graduate in spring 2018 and plan to attend commencement should complete the Intent to Participate Form no later than May 18.

Update for students graduating in summer 2018: This year, the commencement book will include the names of those that petition for summer (August 2018) graduation. Instead of the regular deadline of June 10, graduate students will need to apply for summer 2018 graduation by March 20, 2018.

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).

Learn more 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 notify your graduation evaluator by March 26.

Regalia and Announcements

Commencement books on each commencement participants chair.

Caps, Gowns, Hoods

All graduates participating in commencement must wear academic regalia.

You may purchase regalia and graduation items at the Spartan Bookstore in the Diaz Compean Student Union until June 1. Grad packages with reduced pricing, as well as a la carte items at full price, are available .

If you are unable to come into the bookstore at any time, you may order your regalia online through Herff Jones (not available on the Spartan Bookstore website) from March 1 to April 30. It will ship directly to your home from the vendor, Herff Jones. Shipping charges will be applied and expected arrival is one to two weeks. For more specific shipping dates, please contact Herff Jones.

Latin Honors Medallions are also available for pickup in the bookstore now through June 1.


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 April 23).

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.

Spartan First Destination Survey

All set? Don't forget to take the Career Center's Spartan First Destination Survey.

See where fellow graduates are landing and help SJSU enhance career services for future Spartans by sharing your post-graduation plans in this brief survey.

Respondents are entered in a raffle to win a lifetime Alumni Association membership and one of several $50 gift cards to be awarded throughout the year.

Individual survey responses are kept anonymous.

Frequently Asked Questions


Before Commencement


Day of Commencement