Graduates and Participants

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

This guide will answer the most frequently asked questions about the ceremony and provide information that will make it a memorable experience for participants and their guests. Please read the entire guide carefully. If you have more questions about commencement, call the Office of the President at 408-924-1177.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about graduating: Undergraduate Students | Graduate Students
  2. Commencement Book
  3. Find out how to make sure your name is correctly listed through the Office of the Registrar's Graduation FAQ or download the form.
  4. Submit your Intent to Participate form.
  5. Diploma and Honors
  6. Decorum and Photography
  7. Regalia

Directory information

Please note that your name, address, phone number, school or college and year of graduation may be used by SJSU for the development of university-affiliated marketing programs. If you do not wish to have this information used, please notify the University Advancement Office at 408-924-1120.

Grad Fest

Commencement books on each commencement participants chair.

Visit the Spartan Bookstore and celebrate Grad Fest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 4 through Thursday, April 7, 2016. Purchase your grad pack, have your grad photo taken, become an Alumni Association member and check out other Grad Fest items and promotions. Grad Packs include discounted regalia and Alumni Association membership and a Class of 2016 shopping tote!

Unable to attend Grad Fest? No worries. You may purchase regalia from April 4 to Commencement in the Spartan Bookstore while supplies last (recommend by May 6) or online at Herff Jones now to April 15, 2016. Shop early on the website to meet the deadline and please note shipping fees apply.

Are you ready for life after graduation?!

The start of a career is both exciting and overwhelming! Learn how to put your best foot forward and navigate the journey ahead by hearing from those who have gone before you. A panel of alumni rock stars from Uber, Fitbit, WhatsApp and Specialized Bicycle Components will share their career experiences and valuable insight to ensure you succeed. Learn what they wish they were told when in your shoes! Register for this free panel presentation and exclusive networking reception.

In Your Shoes: Lessons from Recent Grads

4:30 - 6 p.m. April 13, 2016 in Student Union Ballroom A 

jenn-drago-ericksen Jenn Drago Ericksen, Internal Communications Leader, Specialized Bicycle Components
carolyn-galvante Carolyn Galvante, PR & Lifestyle Marketing Coordinator, Fitbit
calvin-worsnup Calvin Worsnup, Software Engineer II - Shared Capacity, Uber
romina-perez Romina Perez, Technical Customer Operations and Localization, WhatsApp Inc.
natalya-williamson Natalya Williamson, Project Manager - Learning and Development, LinkedIn


Intent to Participate Form

We ask that you complete this survey which will help us gauge the number of students participating in this year’s commencement ceremony. To ensure seating for students, you must inform us if you intend to attend the university's Commencement ceremony at Spartan Stadium.

To bring more personal meaning to the ceremony and graduation season, we ask that you answer some additional questions as you fill out your Intent to Participate form. This is an opportunity to share a snapshot of your Spartan experience with family, friends and the university community. You can decide if you wish to include your name along with your message.